The next-gen BMW X5 M is almost here. We should be seeing it in the flesh soon enough. However, until then, we’ll have to settle for spy photos and videos, such as this new video seen below. Some sneaky videographers have caught the upcoming BMW X5 M doing some testing at the Nurburgring yet again and it sounds very good.
What’s nice about this spy video is it actually catches the X5 M going relatively slow. So you don’t hear too much tire screech and instead get a good earful of twin-turbocharged V8. And it sounds like a proper performance machine, just like the M5 and M8. Said V8 is a 4.4 liter twin-turbo unit that will make around 600 hp in standard guise but probably around 620 hp in Competition spec. It’s the same basic engine found in the BMW M5 and M8 and it’s an absolute monster of a powerplant.
The last-gen BMW X5 M had a similar engine but made do with 570 hp but was still able to nail 60 mph in about four seconds. After seeing the performance capability of these new M cars, with this new engine, we fully expect the BMW X5 M to get to 60 mph in the mid-three second range. Hell, it could even get there in around 3.2 seconds, which would be blisteringly fast for such a big, heavy SUV. But considering the fact that the M5 can do it in 2.8 seconds with the right conditions, it’s reasonable to think that the X5 M could hit the low-three second range.
We can’t wait to see what this new BMW X5 M is like when it’s finally ready. We’ve actually see pre-production models in person but we can’t comment on what it was actually like. All we can say is that we very much want to see the finished product and, more importantly, drive it.