by Carl Wepener

The New BMW X5 M and New BMW X6 M: Powerful, Playful, Delightful

The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M are setting the pace once again in the high-performance Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) segment. When the previous generation of the two vehicles arrived in 2009, it was the first time that the high-performance character distilled by BMW M GmbH had been transplanted into an all-wheel-drive BMW X model. The result was class-leading dynamics. The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M pull no punches and continue their success story in respect of dynamic excellence and outstanding efficiency as thoroughbred SAC vehicles.

The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M are exclusive, robust, agile and very user-friendly for everyday driving and especially for high-performance driving. The two vehicles’ impressive performance sprint figures, from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, are testimony to their

capability as M sports vehicles. Both models have the super-smooth and fast-changing standard eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h.


Our fuel consumption figures were not calculated on the basis of the ECE test cycle, which comes out at around 11.1 l/100 km. Ours was 16.1 l/100 km with sport-like driving throughout.

BMW is well known for its innovative engine technology and thus it is no surprise that the new M TwinPower Turbo engine for the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is the most powerful unit ever developed by BMW for an all-wheel-drive vehicle. Boasting innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology with a pair of TwinScroll turbochargers, cross-bank exhaust manifolds, VALVETRONIC and High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, the 4.4-litre V8 produces a maximum output of 423 kW between 6 000 and 6 500 rpm. Peak torque has been boosted by 70 Nm, which equates to a rise of 10%. Its 750 Nm can be enjoyed across a broad rev range between 2 200 and 5 000 rpm.

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The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M, with their exteriors painted fully in body colour, cut a sleek yet menacing figure on the road. Additional exterior design modifications elevate the M models even further from the standard BMW X5 and BMW X6. Large air intakes at the front end, side gills with a model badge and Air Breathers, signature M exterior mirrors in twin-stalk style, a typical M four-tailpipe exhaust system and a rear spoiler (for the BMW X6 M) give them a standalone look M fans will immediately recognise. Setting the seal on this exclusive range of features are M-specific 20-inch light-alloy wheels with mixed tyres or forged 21-inch M light-alloy wheels (optional).

The high-quality interior is most impressive with its combination of sporty features, exclusive materials and flawless workmanship. The M instrument cluster, M leather steering wheel with aluminium gearshift paddles and M gearshift lever are complemented by electrically operated M sports seats for the driver and front passenger as well as a M driver’s footrest.

New BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M customers also have the choice of various options exclusive to the M models, such as 21-inch M light-alloy wheels, Merino full-leather trim and M multifunction seats. And there’s also a choice of two new and exclusive M paint finishes.

The real pleasure of both these brutes lies of course in their performance and drivability while being in the fold of pure luxury or Spartan functionality.

We have already mentioned the 0 to 100 kph time and the almighty power sent to the road through its four driven wheels, but what has not been mentioned is the exhilaration of being behind the wheel of both these SACs that makes you feel you are piloting a superfast fighter jet and not a land-based vehicle.

Road stability both on tar and gravel is excellent, while you can easily throw the Ms around twisting corners with no fear of understeer or oversteer. Rough roads are easily negotiated and potholes, unless over the whole road, are easily missed by rapid and precise turns on the steering wheel. Luxury is the word and there is want for nothing in these luxury SAC vehicles.

Pricing for the Two Models


X5 M 6-speed M Sports Automatic            R1 643 000
Transmission Steptronic



X6 M 0 6-speed M Sports Automatic         R1 676 500                                      

Transmission Steptronic



There is a list as long as my arm of optional equipment in order to personalise or individualise your M vehicle.

My prediction is that both these vehicles will be supreme contenders in this field for a long time to come – and, yes, the space occupied by the BMW X6 is surely going to get other brands like Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and some others going, but it is going to be a tough act to follow.


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