SPIED: G05 BMW X5 caught at Nurburgring

BMW X5, Videos | August 18th, 2018 by 13
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One of the upcoming Bavarians that has most BMW fans excited is the upcoming X5. Due to its new looks and killer interior, enthusiasts are …

One of the upcoming Bavarians that has most BMW fans excited is the upcoming X5. Due to its new looks and killer interior, enthusiasts are flat-out pumped about the new BMW X5. However, we’ve seen it already. BMW has already officially revealed it. So why would there be one testing on the Nurburgring, wearing heavy camouflage?

In this new spy video, we see a BMW X5 testing on the ‘Ring but we’re not exactly sure why. The most obvious reason would be that this is a model of X5 that hasn’t been revealed yet. It isn’t an X5 M, that’s for certain, as it doesn’t have quad exhausts and it doesn’t seem that high performance. However, it could be some sort of M Performance model.

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Looking at its exhausts, it seems to have dual rectangular pipes. Now, that’s not all the unusual, as they seem pretty similar to the standard ones. However, the noise coming from them does not seem like it comes from an inline-six. Instead, it sounds like it’s of the eight-cylinder variety.

At first, I thought it might have been a BMW X5 M50d, the twin-turbo V8 diesel-variant, due to its low rpm V8 woofle. But the noise became distinctively higher as the revs climbed, so either that’s the most charismatic V8 diesel or it’s a petrol engine. Which would leave me to believe that this is a BMW X5 M50i.

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While we don’t know for certain, it’s very likely that the BMW X5 M50i will use the M850i’s new 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8, which makes 530 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. That’s a ton of power for a non-M SUV, as the previous BMW X5 M made 570 hp. That would mean that the M Performance variant wouldn’t be far off the previous M car.

We don’t know for sure if this is the BMW X5 M50i but it seems likely. If that’s the case, tickle us excited.

13 responses to “SPIED: G05 BMW X5 caught at Nurburgring”

  1. Wout says:

    They are testing various engines, petrol and diesel. The grey/champagne (1738) one is 100% sure a diesel (while filling at the petrol station the diesel hose is missing. 3m32s). The one at 0m37s (3809) also sounds like a diesel. The others are petrol. All have the widened M wheel arches.

  2. John says:

    The Nissan in front of it also looks good. Perhaps even more modern looking despite being quite old.

  3. Hans Wurst says:

    As far as I know there is no V8 Diesel in BMW‘s lineup. The M50D is a 6 cylinder.

    • Arunabh says:

      I think so too..

      The quad turbo six cylinder makes up for the lack of V8. And from what i heard about that engine, it more than just makes up for lack of V8.

  4. jason bourne says:

    More conjoined kidney grille ugliness.

  5. Arunabh says:

    There is something about this design that tells me that it would age quickly, especially the interiors.

    Also, the SUV fever would be over sooner than we think.

  6. Giom says:

    Quite harsh opinions on the X5 here. I think it turned out very balanced and purposeful. This will be the new SUV to own – continuing the tradition.

    • Andrewthecarguy says:

      Yep, couldn’t agree more.
      The upcoming GLE is a design fail already, to my eyes…not rugged looking enough.
      THe Q7 has always looked more like a tall wagon that a proper SUV and all other competitors seem like they don’t care. The new Aviator might be nice, but no pedigree really.
      To me, the G05 is it.

  7. Lukasz Matwiejczyk says:

    Mhhh since when BMW does 4.0 v8 diesels ? The newest one is still 3.0 with 4 turbochargers and 394 bhp in 2018 bmw 550d they didn’t have v8 diesels since 7 series e28.

  8. Andrewthecarguy says:

    Is it me or can this thing handle???
    Holy smokes!
    Comparing to that yellow Aston from 1:08 to 1:20.
    Aston probably was not pushing it but dang that X5 can corner!

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