One of the most popular cars among BMW enthusiasts right now is the upcoming BMW X5. It’s actually quite surprising, being that SUVs typically aren’t the main focal point of enthusiasts. But our readers seem to be searching for information about the new X5 more than most other cars in the Bavarian lineup. Maybe that’s because they want information on the upcoming BMW X5 M, the monster M Division variant of the people-hauling X5. If that’s what you’re looking for, you’re in luck today, as the X5 M has just been caught testing at the Nurburgring in this new video.
Seen lapping the Green Hell, the BMW X5 M looks surprisingly quick. While ever generation of the X5 M has been fast, it’s always surprising to see just how fast it is. For an SUV, it’s positively rapid. It also seems to corner really well for such a tall-riding car. There seems to be limited body roll and/or fuss from the chassis. In this video, it looks as if the X5 M corners with calm composure, responding to its driver’s inputs without much drama at all.
We have no doubt that this new BMW X5 M will be an improvement, dynamically, over the current car. While the current X5 M is a surprisingly fun and capable car to drive, despite being so big and heavy, the new X5 is built on an all-new, far more dynamic chassis. So we’re excited to see how the X5 M can improve.
It also looks quite good. The massive Kidney Grilles sit above large front air intakes, M-style side mirrors stick out with aggressive styling similar to the BMW M5 and its quad exhausts blaring a V8 roar all make it look, sound and seem angry and exciting.
There are no official specs for the new BMW X5 M but expect the same 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine from the BMW M5, which makes 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The current X5 M makes 570 hp and gets to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds flat. So if the new one is lighter and more powerful, it could do the same 60 mph spring in the mid-to-high three-second range. In an SUV.