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BMW reveals the third-generation X5 M and X6 M review

New BMW X5 M and X6 M receive 616bhp competition spec

BMW have revealed both of its flagship M covered performance SUVs, ahead of their public debut at the LA Motor Show in November. The third generation X5 M and X6 M are both available in Competition form for the first time. With the UK getting the competition spec only.


Both are set to launch in April next year, priced from £110,610 for the X5 M and £113,310 for the X6 M.  

The rivals for the Porsche Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe are powered by BMW M's twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8, mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox with all-wheel drive and an Active M differential,the Competition variants receive an output of 616bhp and 553lb ft, with stiffer engine mountings to boost response and refinement, while the engine oil supply system has been designed to cope with extensive track use.


The Competition models can sprint to 0-62mph in a quoted 3.8 seconds, while the 0-124mph sprint is 13.4sec for the X5 M and 13.2sec for the X6 M. Both models top out at 155mph unless you spec the optional M Driver's Package, which raises the top speed to 180mph. BMW quotes between 21.7mpg and 22.6mpg, depending on model and spec, with CO2 figures ranging from 284-296g/km.

Competition models also feature the M Sport exhaust upgrade as standard which is said to offer even greater aural thrills than the base M models' already uprated exhaust system.

These being top of the range M models, expect considerable upgrades, such as the chassis, and alongside the Active M differential, the xDrive all-wheel drive gives a rear-biased power delivery, with even more power shifted to the rear in the 4WD Sport drive mode. Standard-fit adaptive suspension with electronic dampers and an active role stabilisation system are drafted in, as is Servotronic steering with a specific M tuning. The X5 M and X6 M's braking system also offers two settings for pedal feel.

Both the X5 M and X6 M have the typical M plastering details, including larger air intakes, 'gills' on the front wing, drag-reducing exterior mirrors, a rear spoiler and a diffuser element surrounding the four-exit tailpipes. Competition models add specific M light alloy wheels and unique badging.

The interior is no exception with a host of new menu functions to allow extensive configuration of the drive modes. Exclusive set-ups can be saved and implicated via M buttons on the wheel, while M-specific instrument readouts and M performance seats are available with the Competition variant receiving exclusive leather upholstery.