By on November 28, 2011

If you ask a certain segment of the automotive press, it seems that BMW is rapidly losing the plot. While I agree that BMW’s latest wares are bigger, heavier and more leather-clad than ever before, I can’t say thing is a bad thing in my mind. I upset a few people when I reviewed the then-new 335is by saying “BMW is the new Mercedes”. I’m not sure why noses were “rankled”, but there seems to be a large segment of TTAC’s readership that believe BMW has abandoned “sport” for “luxury”. Maybe they are right; the M3 and M5 have been gaining weight an alarming pace and now we have the X5M and X6M, a pair of 5,400lb SUVs wearing full-on M badges. The burning question at TTAC is: should the guy responsible for designing it be committed? Or should the vehicle be put in a straight-jacket for being a totally insane machine?

From the outside the X5M looks less “M” compared to its donor model than do the M sedans. Sure there are enlarged grilles on the front, unique bumpers, and quad exhaust tips out back, but the overall form doesn’t scream “something wicked this way comes” like an M3. Helping the X5M blend into the urban jungle is the 2” hitch receiver, a first on M vehicles as is the tow rating of a healthy 6600lbs. Closer inspection however reveals the subtle tweaks to this urban assault vehicle include some seriously wide 315-series rubber out back, ginormous brakes and a plethora of radiators visible behind the large mesh grill openings.

On the inside of the X5 it will take very observant passenger to tell the difference between the go-fast model and the plebian people movers. Of course there are bespoke X5M gauges greeting the driver and the thick rimmed M steering wheel is also along for the ride. Aside from the driver’s controls however the majority of the X5M’s interior is lifted directly from the lower models. Fit and finish was excellent in our tester (as you would expect at this price) but I have to admit I was somewhat disappointed by the so-called “carbon fiber” leather trim which appears to just be black leather embossed with a carbon fiber pattern. I think some dark stained wood or brushed aluminum would be been more befitting of the X5M’s target market, but what do I know? The only toll on the interior taken by the M conversion that we observed was the loss of the third-row-seat option. If you’re a family of seven with a need for speed, you might have to wait and see if Mercedes will sell you a 7-seat ML AMG.

By now the suspense is likely killing you, after all we haven’t even mentioned the new M engine under the hood of the X5M so here we go: Turbo lovers rejoice! Squeezed under the bulging hood of the X5M beats a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine cranking out 555HP and a mind numbing 500 lb-ft of torque. While this engine is quite similar to the X5 xDrive50i’s 4.4L twin turbo V8, there are some significant differences, most notably the broader torque curve. The “pedestrian” 4.4L engine delivers 450lb-ft from 1750-4500RPM while the X5M’s mill broadens the torque plateau to 1500-5650 and the difference is marked behind the wheel. Power is routed to all four wheels via a heavy-duty ZF 6-speed automatic transmission, BMW’s full-tine AWD system and of course, a torque vectoring rear differential. I have seen complaints by the forum fan-boys whining that BMW didn’t put their dual-clutch M transmission under the hood of the X5M, but to me at least, the softer (and more “normal” feeling) shifts of the ZF transmission are more suitable for SUV use.

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Some years ago when I heard the first rumors about the X5M, I was concerned that BMW would make their first sports SUV rear wheel drive only. I’m sure a RWD SUV would have pleased the BMW purists in the crowd, however, the X5M may just be the sports car for the rest of us. How so? It’s all about applying the power for me. While Jaguar XFR and last generation M5 I tested were a blast to drive, both spent considerable amounts of time at the starting gates spinning their wheels. 0-60 testing a two-wheel drive high-output vehicle takes a certain amount of time and finesse to get the best possible numbers out of the vehicle. The X5M just requires a heavy right foot. The same can be said for the fun-factor of the X5M when on a windy mountain road: just mash the go pedal and hang on.

The X5M is not the best handling car I have ever driven, but it is quite possibly the most confidant. The torque vectoring rear differential helps the X5M feel like a much lighter vehicle on windy roads and the permanent AWD system means it’s easy to stomp on the throttle at just about any moment without everything going pear-shaped. For those of us that aren’t Jack Baruth, this much power needs four powered-wheels. Back to the handling; while the X5M is not a 911 on the track, it is (no kidding at all) at the top end of the handling scale in general. While on a twisty road I frequent, I let a brand new Porsche Cayman S pass (because I thought I’d slow the fun down), just to see how I’d do, I tried to keep up with the light-weight Porsche. To my surprise the X5M picked up its lederhosen and danced. While the Cayman was more nimble in the tight corners common to any coastal California road, the X5M’s massive thrust more than compensated in the short straightaways. With the right driver, on a closed course, I have little doubt the 5,400lb SUV would have spanked the bantam weight Porsche.

While the X5M weighs nearly 2400lbs more than a Cayman S PDK, our 0-60 tests revealed the BMW to be faster than all but the fastest of Stuttgart’s wares. BMW’s website quotes an official 4.5 seconds to 60, but our first run on a cool 50 degree morning yielded an eye-popping 4.05 second run. Amazed, disturbed, and incredulous we spent the next 30 minutes verifying and re-verifying our numbers. After a morning where we consumed about 15-gallons of premium dinosaur we arrived at two conclusions: The first is that the X5M has a “problem” with heat soak despite the mammoth intercoolers, and the second is that BMW is totally honest about the 4.5 second 0-60 time. What do I mean? Let’s talk numbers, our first run clocked at 4.05, our next was 4.1 and by the time we had done our 25th back-to-back run our times had “ballooned” to 4.51 seconds which represents a variance of about 12%. What should you get out of our experimentation? Unless you are really pounding the snot out of the twin-turbo V8, you’ll pretty much always beat that guy in the Carrera 4S next to you. Need some crazier numbers? The old M5 needed 4.4 seconds to achieve the same speed (as does the M3 in manual form), making the X5M not only the fastest car we’ve tested from BMW so far, but perhaps the fastest car TTAC has tested period.

Because the concept of “launch control” on a nearly three-ton SUV with a regular-old slush-box is about as insane as the SUV itself is, we must go over the feature as it did make a 1/10th of a second difference in the 0-60 time. Here’s how you activate it: With the vehicle stopped, you put your foot on the brake pedal, slide the shifter over to M/S mode and then use the paddle shifter to out the transmission into M1. You then need to put the stability control into MDM mode, select the sport program from for the M Engine dynamics control (these two actions can be linked to the M button on the steering wheel). You then floor the car and a little checkered flag appears in the cluster. You then let your foot off the brake pedal and the X5M takes off like a daemon possessed Chucky doll cranking out crispy shifts like a Gatling gun (as long as you don’t lift). As if common sense wasn’t enough, the manual reminds you to not use launch control while towing a trailer. We tested the X5M with a 5,000lb trailer and trust us, launch control was not required.

Competition to the X5M can of course be found from all the usual suspects: the Range Rover Sport Supercharged, the ML63 AMG, and of course the Cayenne Turbo. The Range Rover retains some of its off-roading ability making it far less capable on-road than the BMW (and not quite the same creature). By all appearances, Mercedes decided not to tackle the X5M head on with the ML63 as it’s down on power, torque and needs almost a full second more to get to freeway speeds. This leaves the Cayenne Turbo the sole competition for the X5M if you care about handling and speed. Strangely enough however, even with the brief 30 minute test drive I was able to finagle in a Cayman Turbo it was obvious the Porsche is more of a luxury SUV than a sports SUV with a more supple, less connected ride,  a transmission more willing to upshift (and gear-hunt) and a considerably larger price tag. While the Porsche represents a more refined SUV without question, the BMW is by far the performance winner. It’s also the maddest in the bunch and if the X5M was a person it would be bound in a straight-jacket and locked in a padded cell.

OK, so it’s an insane vehicle that’s crazy fast and crazy fun, but who’s it for? This is twisted logic, so stay with me here: If you are the kind of middle-class guy that has a Porsche Cayman for the daily commute, a trailer for weekend camping which, because we’re Americans and we cannot possibly tow a 1,200lb “toy hauler” with our car, also meant buying a pick-up truck, you should save yourself the garage space and buy the X5M instead. It’s a far better sports car than a Cayman, and oddly enough the 555HP and 500lbft of torque make it one of the best tow vehicles this side of a diesel F-250. The price of this joy? $95,000. Still, that’s cheaper than a Cayman and an F-250. I’ll take my straight jacket in blue please.

 

BMW provided the vehicle, insurance and one tank of gas for this review.

Statistics as tested

0-30: 1.35 Seconds

0-60: 4.05 Seconds

1/4 Mile: 12.6 Seconds @ 111.2 MPH

Average Fuel Economy: 15.2 MPG over 483 miles

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77 Comments on “Review: 2012 BMW X5M...”


  • avatar
    DC Bruce

    “Insane” is an over-used word in this context. But I can’t help myself. This car is insane!

  • avatar
    james2k

    Looks like this one snuck through without a proofread.

    “I can’t say thing is a bad thing in my mind.”

    BMW has abandoned “sport” for “luxury (Missing quotation at the end.)

    “While on a twisty road I frequent I let a brand Porsche Cayman S pass because I thought I’d slow the fun down.”

    Plus a bucket load of misplaced or missing commas. Otherwise, nice piece. Keep up the good work!

  • avatar
    Robert.Walter

    In pic it looks ugly. Is this the car, the color, the angle, or just the eye of this beholder?

    • 0 avatar
      drylbrg

      It has all of the beauty of an M Coupe. Take that as you will.

    • 0 avatar
      Robert.Walter

      I’m kinda thinking the cachet of the M-badge has been falling over time…
      Human nature to give in to the impulse to over expose or exploit a feature until it becomes ordinary.
      If everything is an M, then nothing is once it is no longer exclusive.

      • 0 avatar
        JJ

        Agreed. BMW made the mistake of following in the footsteps of Mercedes with this one IMO. I think BMW saw Mercedes making a ton of money slapping on AMG badges on anything from a C-Class (which is ok) to a G-Class (which is rediculous) and everything in between without really changing the cars that much other than some nicer wheels, stiffer springs and a big engine and decided they wanted in on it.

        It’s a shame cause true M products are about much more than some basic sport package. IIRC the E46 M3 for instance shared no body panels with the regular E46 coupe other than the roof. Hopefully the new M3 will still be a really special car.

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    Heat soak + towing = another engineering failure from Bavaria.

    • 0 avatar
      imag

      Yeah, I don’t think you’d see heat soak towing 6600 lbs with that kind of power reserve. The heat soak came from doing back-to-back drag launches.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        I couldn’t disagree much more, but that’s okay. My friend that makes six figures wrenching on new BMWs wouldn’t be able to buy a bigger house for his kids if BMW customers were engineers.

  • avatar
    dglynn

    Middle class guy with a Cayman and a diesel F-250 saves space and buys a $95k SUV? Where is this middle class, Dubai?

    How out of touch are you guys?

  • avatar
    OldandSlow

    Is the curb weight really 5400 lbs?

    Or is that suppose to be the gross weight?

    • 0 avatar
      Alex L. Dykes

      Yep. BMW’s unladen weight is 5368 lbs. Add some gas and a driver and guess where you end up.

      • 0 avatar
        Mark MacInnis

        Add some gas, luggage a driver and 3 friends and you are north of 3 tons….? 555 HP and 500 twisties of torque?

        Apparently, neither BMW or their target market for this behemoth must not have gotten the memo about peak oil, global warming and the Arab spring, and the likely impact one, two or all three will have on fuel prices.

        But if you are that ‘mythical’ middle class guy with a Cayman and an F-250 in the garage, I guess fuel prices are of little matter….

      • 0 avatar
        Dan

        Apparently you didn’t get the memo taped to the window of every one of these cars. The one that says $100,000 which implies a $1600+ lease payment.

        Which, of course, makes $2 on gas one way or the other seem wholly irrelevant.

        Complaining about gas in the context of a toy like this is just envy trying – but failing – to disguise itself as something respectable.

  • avatar

    The BMW X5 used to be a reliability nightmare, but the second-generation vehicle has been about average so far in TrueDelta’s Car Reliability Survey:

    http://www.truedelta.com/car-reliability.php

    Very small sample sizes for the 2008 and 2009–more participants would especially be helpful for these and the 2010.

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    Which d’ya think more fun to drive, This M, or Baruth’s favorite vehicle of all time, the V-10 Turbo-diesel Touareg?

  • avatar
    retrogrouch

    “Helping the X5M blend into the urban jungle is the 2” hitch receiver, a first on M vehicles as is the tow rating of a healthy 6600lbs.”

    …The first M vehicle hitch in the US, perhaps

    Factory towing packages were available everywhere else in the world on the M5 in the mid 80s and it wouldn’t surprise me if the E12 M535i had one in 1979 as well.

  • avatar
    Mark MacInnis

    This mule apparently is being tested out by a lot of journos….and TTAC might not be high on the list….this tester had 7,872 miles on it by the time Alex got his mitts on the tiller?

    Anything broken on it by then, or does Beemer have a full time team to make certain that any testers go out with no blemishes….? Guess I answered my own question….

  • avatar
    John R

    “…making the X5M not only the fastest car we’ve tested from BMW so far, but perhaps the fastest car TTAC has tested period.”

    Define tested. VBOX tested or road tested…

    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2009/04/review-switzer-performance-p800-nissan-gt-r/

    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/11/nissan-gt-r-closed-course-unprofessional-driver/

    http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/09/review-2011-porsche-911-turbo-s-pdk/

    • 0 avatar
      Alex L. Dykes

      Actual road test, multiple days with the vehicle, 0-60 time verified by a TTAC writer and performance meter in the test vehicle. TTAC doesn’t have a VBOX, but I use the GTech Fanatic series 10Hz GPS performance meter and an accelerometer based meter at the same time. I have used a VBOX and the Gtech 10Hz GPS unit has never been more than 0.05 off of the 100Hz VBOX.

  • avatar
    SunnyvaleCA

    “It’s a far better sports car than a Cayman.”

    I don’t see how an automatic transmission truck is going to be more fun than a stick shift, mid engined sports car. Did you mean “Cayman” or “Cayenne?”

    • 0 avatar
      Alex L. Dykes

      As crazy as this may sound, I did not mis-type, I did mean Cayman (Regular Cayman or Cayman S, not theCayman R, PDK only). The X5 M is not as fast around the corners, but considerably faster than even the Cayman R in the straightaways.

      • 0 avatar
        th009

        So does “faster” automatically mean “better” when we are talking about sports cars (and not track days)? I should think driving enjoyment would fit in there somewhere, too?

        • 0 avatar
          Alex L. Dykes

          No, but faster is a component. The X5M is quite enjoyable to drive, average size people will fit in it, it honestly handles almost as well. So 98% handling, 98% feel (compared to PDK models only), 110% faster, it ends up quite a combination, obviously not for everyone however.

      • 0 avatar
        stuki

        If you are right about the whole 98% thingy, I can only imagine how great the next M5 must be….. More power, lower COG, tighter handling. Unless the magic is all in the AWD and torque vectoring diff.

      • 0 avatar
        burgersandbeer

        I’m with SunnyvaleCA on this. This review was an enjoyable read and the X5M certainly sounds like an insane vehicle, but you lost me when you called it a better sports car than a Cayman S. Calling it a sports car because of straightaway speed is seriously flawed logic.

        While many sports cars have faster than average straight line speed, I don’t think having insane straight line speed qualifies something as a sports car. Are other steroidal trucks like the Jeep SRT8, Trailblazer SS, and F-150 Lightning also sports cars?

        I guess there is no strict definition of “sports car” and we can all define it how we want, but my bet is most of the readers here would think of cars like the miata, s2000, and of course the cayman when discussing sports cars.

  • avatar
    jhott997

    “It’s a far better sports car than a Cayman”
    YOU are “fucking insane”. Can I say that on the internet?

    “oddly enough the 555HP and 500lbft of torque make it one of the best tow vehicles this side of a diesel F-250″
    I read the entire “review” and thought it was a serious review, then I read this. Got a good laugh. Thanks for the joke.

    TTAC has jumped the shark…..

  • avatar
    BunkerMan

    Towing is not just about hp and torque numbers. It has a lot to do with the strength of the frame, suspension, wheelbase, etc.

    I don’t think I’d try towing my 29′ trailer with that thing.

    Here’s a summary…

    1. Accelerate
    2. Accelerate
    3. Sway
    4. Sway
    5. BRAKE
    6. Sway
    7. Crash
    8. Buy a pickup with the insurance money

    • 0 avatar
      th009

      In practice, most people don’t tow 30-foot trailers. In Europe, almost all (personal) trailers are towed using cars, and cars with smaller engines than we have here.

      With a reasonable-size trailer and some skill in driving with a trailer, an X5M (or even a much lesser vehicle) will do just fine in towing.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      X5s are amoung the TOP rated tow vehicles in Europe. And Europeans LOVE thier caravans. Which while light by US standards are still plenty large. And given the stability control program of my lowly 328iT has a towing mode that recognizes and deals with sway, I am quite certain that the X5 in M form or not has the same. I am also sure the X5M is at least (and probably a lot more) competent towing its rated load as good old AMURICAN pickem up truck. Which are seriously deficient in the handling and braking department in my experience.

      • 0 avatar
        stuki

        Most pickups have a longer wheelbase than the X5, hence, all else being equal, yaws less both of its own accord and due to input from the trailer.

        Pickups also tend to have a more front biased weight distribution, which lets them handle higher tongue weights before becoming awkwardly rear biased and squirrely.

        Ladder frames are extremely reliable and predictable for transferring torque to a trailer attached to the rear of the frame. It’s almost like having all the forces go longitudinally down a steel beam.

        When towing a heavy trailer with a smallish vehicle, the limiting factor in braking (and “handling”) is the trailer. Having a tow vehicle that encourages/mandates slower inputs to the trailer may in fact be a good thing.

        There are many areas in which overengineered German luxury vehicles vastly outperform Big 3 pickups, but towing big trailers is not one of them.

  • avatar
    nikita

    What is this obsession with towing? I see the reasons for a luxury SUV right here in the San Berdoo mountains, rich families from LA and San Diego coming up here to ski and snowboard. No offroading or towing, just getting to that Lake Arrowhead cabin or Big Bear resorts quickly, safely and in comfort. Granted, Im not thrilled about SUV’s diluting BMW’s M brand.

  • avatar
    Alexdi

    Much enjoyed the video review. It was more lively than the usual scripted drawl that seems to make it to TV. I wouldn’t have minded seeing an external shot of a 0-60 run, just to get a flavor of the exhaust note and the violence of it as viewed by an outsider.

  • avatar
    VanillaDude

    The problem with BMW is that they lost their sex appeal.
    Their cars looked like awesome crisp James Bond machines, but now they just look like Wall Street Bankermobiles. Being a sex machine isn’t as popular, but having been one had established the brand over the past three decades.

    Now these cars just aren’t as special as they claim to be, according to those ridiculous prices.

    At his peak, both BMW and Sean Connery could command high prices – but not now.

    • 0 avatar
      alex159569

      I wonder if the loss of ‘sex appeal’ was what prompted Mr. Dykes to compensate by wearing a shirt with the word PORN prominently featured on it…. if a BMW no longer turns you on, there’s always porn I guess!

  • avatar
    grzydj

    If I had the cash monies to buy an expensive German sports car and and expensive German truck, I’d buy one of each, but not the two combined.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    Typical of the M series, it’s got a little engine that produces way too much power/heat for its own good which is OK at Germany’s latitudes but keep in mind most are sold in America with long commutes/toy hauling in southern California or other desert states.

    • 0 avatar
      Alex L. Dykes

      I don’t think that this is a fair deduction since even under high load and 80 degree weather the car never took longer than BMW’s official numbers.

      • 0 avatar
        DenverMike

        555 HP from a 4.4 is going to produce excessive heat which may not affect acceleration so much but I’m talking longevity. Add to that hotter climates plus longer commutes than what you find in Germany. American cars are criticized for having big dumb engines to produce equal and often less power than German but maybe it’s by design.

      • 0 avatar
        burgersandbeer

        BMW engines in general have a reputation for running hot with insufficient cooling systems (in terms of durability). I have a BMW V8 with half the power of this monster and the thing gets heat soaked in summer commuting. BMW runs their engines at high heat with a lot of pressure in the cooling system, and it is not good for durability. Many owners say you are on borrowed time with the cooling system after 80k miles.

        I’ve heard that the M cars have more robust cooling systems, but that isn’t saying much. I think DenverMike’s comment about this situation being typical BMW is pretty accurate.

  • avatar

    JEEP SRT8 ALL DAY BABY.

    • 0 avatar
      rochskier

      I second this.

      I also have to say that I find the opening shot of the X5M extremely unflattering. To my eye it looks like a dropped and bloated X3, not a fire-breathing M-SUV meant to take on Porsche and AMG’s uber-wagens.

  • avatar

    BMW tries the hardest.

  • avatar
    stevevt

    60-0 in 155 feet sounds improbably bad. Can you confirm that 155 is the number you really meant to say? Or maybe you tested 70-0.

    Googling around quickly, I found distances reported as around 120 in other reviews — though none for a 2012 model and none for an M version.

    • 0 avatar
      Alex L. Dykes

      Yes, 155ft. Mind you, 60-0 testing is not my main goal so by the time we got to it the brakes were hot and the 60-0 time was part of the 1/4 mile to 0 run so you have to figure the car had gone from 111-60 before it could then go from 60-0 and of course it was probably around three tons since it was full of gas, camera equipment, driver and one 240lb passenger. Under the circumstances, 155ft is a good number.

  • avatar
    hgrunt

    The X5M is GTR-esque in it’s approach to performance: Out-boost, out-tire, and out-tech the laws of physics. I imagine someone in Texas will tow something at least once, with one of these things. If it’s any consolation to haters out there, the only thing that will depreciate faster than an X5M is an X6M and used kleenex.

    Alex–nice shirt!

  • avatar
    Carlson Fan

    I still can’t believe you actually towed something with it. That has to be a TTAC first. Does it have a factory transmission temp gage?

    • 0 avatar
      Alex L. Dykes

      I tow a trailer with every vehicle I get that has a hitch. I use a 14′ double axle cargo trailer with electric brakes. The trailer is loaded up to ~5,000lbs (bricks).

      No, there is no factory transmission temp indicator.

  • avatar
    daveainchina

    Depending on how difficult this is to repair I might get one used a few years from now.

    What do you think will be the major maintenance issues with this vehicle from your time with it.

    Anything seem like it might be a weak point?

    • 0 avatar
      wmba

      Yeah, the weak point is that it suffers from heat soak after 25, count ‘em, twenty-five, 1/4 mile full out acceleration runs in a row.

      I’ve never done this to any vehicle, and I bet nobody else here besides Dykes has ever done it either. Quite why he found the need to do it I cannot imagine. Why not try.for 50?

      Irrelevant, except as fodder for all the naysayers popping out of the woodwork to decry BMW and to push their side of their agenda.

      I’m surprised at how well it did, frankly, as it seems like an abusive regimen to me.

      • 0 avatar
        Alex L. Dykes

        The crowd whining about heat soak on every turbo vehicle we test is why we went to 25, we had to find the heat soak. However, like I said, never did the X5M drop below published numbers. This just illustrates how incredibly fast and well designed the powertrain is. Try to do that with a turbo Saab.

    • 0 avatar
      Alex L. Dykes

      Tires. Lots of big, expensive tires.

  • avatar
    FromaBuick6

    I’m not sure I could find this vehicle any less appealing. Oh, wait, they make an X6M, too.

    I’ve owned a owned an SUV (4Runner) and a high-performance “sports” car (Mustang GT). Neither vehicle was compelling enough for me to keep for very long, but combining the two into a single garish display of disposable income and faux machismo (with German MSRP and repair bills, to boot) doesn’t solve the problems. Quite the opposite, actually.

  • avatar
    jimmyy

    Only a fool would spend this much money on a vehicle that exhibits questionable reliability.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      And how exactly has this vehicle exhibited questionable reliability? Are you refering to the fact that after 25(!) 0-60 runs it suffered heat soak SO badly that it merely EQUALLED the factory quoted 0-60 time? Seriously?!

      I don’t find the X5M or X6M appealing at all either, but if the profits BMW makes on them allow them to sell the sublime 3-series for less then I am all for it. Afterall, the goal of the Germans is to make money, unlike our home team here in the states.

  • avatar
    Mr Butterfly

    Why bother reviewing such a pointless car that no-one in a right mind would buy?

    • 0 avatar
      stuki

      From what I gather, both this and the X6 version actually sell fairly well, considering their price.

      Besides, no vehicle that can do 0-60 in 4 seconds, haul kids, tow trailers and handle decently, is totally pointless.

      I do have to say I wish BMW would bring the M5 wagon here instead, though.

  • avatar
    FromaBuick6

    @Mr. Butterfly: I’d rather see occasional fluff reviews of stupid vehicles interspersed with honest, in depth reviews of cars I might realistically buy, as opposed to the pure fluff and sold-to-the-highest-bidder awards peddled by the print publications, or replacing actual reviews with hit pieces on other auto writers and blogs, like that “Cult of Cars” website Baruth loves so much.

  • avatar
    wallstreet

    I’m willing to blow money on M3 & not some M badged SUV. It makes sense to own X5 diesel as well. M badged SUV = oxymoron.

  • avatar
    TonyJZX

    PORN!

    the shirt i mean

    if you need to justify why thus car doesn’t work for you or you can afford tyres or fuel then this isn’t the car for you

    people who can afford it will just buy it and write those cheques out regularly

  • avatar
    stuki

    Sounds like a fun chariot, and one heck of an engineering achievement!

    If I was some alpha asshole 1 percenter, this is exactly the vehicle I would choose for entertaining myself by hit and running OWS protesters. Or perhaps the even less justifiable X6 version. While fondling the blond Ann Coulter soundalike in the passenger seat. On the way to a fund raiser for Mayor Bloomberg.

    If price was some sort of concern, one can go to the local Ford dealer, and pick up both a Raptor and a Shelby ‘Stang for what one of these cost. The ‘Stang will be faster on roads, while once the road deteriorates to the point where the X5M outperforms the ‘Stang, the Raptor will probably be faster still. And the raptor can jump! Just a thought.

  • avatar
    TrailerTrash

    I like cars.
    I love driving and looking at all cars.
    But…when I see these 80, 90 and top of 100 grand cars, I feel totally unexcited about really examining them.
    I mean, when we get these here at TTAC, I feel I should rather be reading The Truth About Corporate Jets.

    No way, No how…will I ever even have the things in my hands.
    Not at rental time, not at a funeral home.

    I know they are listed as cars.
    But then again, we have boats, then we have the yachts sitting underneath homes along the intercostal in Miami!
    Who Owns These Things!!!!????

    I feel like there is a parallel universe right here. A place where we regular folks live and then the “rest”. Right alongside each other but completely out of reach of each other as well.
    Let’s face it…I could not afford to replace the tires on this monster, let alone get someone to tell me about it at the dealer!

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    Not my cup of tea either. It is not really big enough to take hunting and fishing, its too nice to go rock climbing, and I find them very unattractive. I agree with the others. Give me a Denali for space and comfort while still rugged enough to go anywhere and pull anything. Park the M3 next to it for handling and performance.

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    thrawn99

    Thanks for the great review. As one of the alpha 1%’er aholes here that actually owns one, I can say that it’s hands down the greatest vehicle I’ve ever had. Period. I live in Chicago. It snows here. A lot. So any sports car or any car for that matter thats not 4 wheel drive to me is useless. Sure it’s 100k or so, but what decent suv for winter plus a fun sports car for summer doesn’t cost more than 100k combined? Granted it needs snow tires for winter though. Plus it’s fun to look down at tools in mustangs and see the look of despair when a truck kicks its ass off the line. :)

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    awake

    I too am one of those Alpha 1% a**holes that just bought this AMAZING car 3 days ago and I absolutely love it. I traded my Alpina B7 for a black fully loaded X5M and think this is the best purchase I have made in years. So much power from this angry machine. Handling is excellent. Brakes are WOW and my dog has a place to sit in the back.

    It make me sick how many people trash talk people for wanting nice things. Yes my tires cost over $1000 each and i will probably go through a few sets per year. Yes, gas is expensive but knowing that and being able to afford these expenses is one thing. People on this site talking trash because it is out of most peoples price range is not cool. IF YOU WANT SOMETHING – GET IT! I don’t feel sorry for the people who have hate/envy – they just kill it for the rest of us!


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