By on April 16, 2009

BMW has begun the business of selling its X5 M (not MX5) and X6 M (not MX6) to paying customers. Here’s the heritage-scented pitch:

The modern, sustainable legacy of BMW M GmbH began in 1985 when engineers placed the snarling, race-bred inline-6 engine from the M1 supercar into the production BMW 5 Series sedan, reworked the suspension and brakes, and created the first M5. Through this industry-first combination of attributes, the M5 redefined the capabilities of a sedan with levels of power, precision, balance, and linear control never before imaginable. Since then, finding new ways to expand the boundaries of what is possible with existing BMW models has been the singular purpose of the craftsmen at BMW M. Now the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M are the first all-wheel-drive models to offer the remarkable performance, dynamic driving experience, athletic design, and premium quality of a BMW M product.

Both models are powered by a newly-developed 4.4-liter V8 M engine delivering 555 hp at 6,000 rpm and 500 lb-ft of torque from 1500 to 5,650 rpm. This new M engine is the world’s first with a pulse-tuned exhaust manifold encompassing both rows of cylinders combined with high-performance twin-scroll twin turbo technology.

For the X5 M and X6 M, engineers at BMW M pushed the capabilities of BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system and the Dynamic Performance Control system to manage the power and performance potential of these two new vehicles. The special M suspension includes Adaptive Drive and newly-developed Servotronic power steering. These features combine to push the limits of what was previously possible with a sports-oriented vehicle, and guarantee driving behavior characteristic of a BMW M product: incredible stability and precisely controlled steering qualities abound throughout the performance envelope.


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22 Comments on “BMW’s XM Radio. X-Files? X-cess? X-treme? Your Call....”

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    Jeff Puthuff

    It’s the BMW Venza.

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    No, unless it’s delivered to my door free of charge with a lifetime supply of fuel and maintenance. and dare i say Tires….

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    Brian E

    An AWD M? Sure, no problem. X5 and X6 M? Nope, not convinced.

    I honestly think there’s a case for an X3 M with a tuned version of the twin-turbo six, but that’s because the X3 is basically a 3-series sport wagon with cladding.

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    What’s a “pulse-tuned” exhaust? These things will likely be impressive on the road, but one can only imagine what they’ll cost. I wouldn’t think that right now would be the best time to debut vehicles like these.

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    Brian E +1

    Race-bred engines in trucks is a rollover recipe. There must be a less dramatic way to keep these things off the road, though.

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    Nope. Although there IS a way to convince me: have a SUV-class race series with only fat oinkers allowed. X5/X6-M vs ML63 AMG? Then we’ll get to see these things driven the way the marketdroids say they can be driven, or see them destroyed trying.

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    Isn’t BMW complaining about CAFE?

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    I don’t understand why they’re M’ing the X5 and the X6. Doesn’t it go against their principles? If not, why not finally make an M7, also? THAT I can get really excited about… I can’t imagine anything better than my 01 740i Sport with about 250 more horsepower!

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    I really can’t understand all the bitching about this. They’re still exceedingly nice vehicles. If you don’t like them, then they were not designed for you. So don’t buy one. Christ.

    Doesn’t it go against their principles?

    Remember all the Porsche hate when the 996 ditched air-cooling?

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    Dropped about three inches, the X6 wouldn’t be a bad looking car.

    That said, neither would an M5 Touring.

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    Who would have thought even 10 years ago that BMW would be in the business of making obese sports cars? And wearing an M badge no less. The V8 X6 weights in at a super sized 5,300 pounds and that, in my book, is pushing the M brand where it ought not go. Whatever happened to the ethos of agility and athleticism?
    An over powered German SUV is the sort of thing I would have expected from AMG but not BMW.

    Whats next, the RSQ7 from Audi?

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    What the hell is a pulse-tuned exhaust manifold encompassing both rows of cylinders combined with high-performance twin-scroll twin turbo technology? Is that a manifold mounted in the valley?

    I’ll resist complaining about the absurdity of this, as its all been said before.

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    brand suicide.

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    cRacK hEaD aLLeY

    I live in a small suburb South of Vancouver, BC with perhaps 500-600 or so homes bordering the USA. Yesterday on my nightly walk with my son I counted SIX of these new things parked on different driveways. hard to explain.

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    I do not like the look of the X6 – but that is a private decision. The X5 looks great. And in an M – version? Exceptional vehicle, with superb performance certainly.

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    BMW needed something to keep up with the Cayenne Turbo, this is it. I don’t see how any enthusiast of the brand will buy it, but as a “hey look at me, I’m new money” tool, it fits the bill.

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    I can’t stand all the X6 hate. I’m past due to have done something about it. I can’t wait.

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    Why wouldn’t ANY brand with ANY sporting pretenses NOT make a hopped-up version of EVERY model they make? Seems like easy money to me?

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    pista :
    April 16th, 2009 at 7:49 am

    Brian E +1

    Race-bred engines in trucks is a rollover recipe. There must be a less dramatic way to keep these things off the road, though.

    You’ve apparently never driven an X5. You could sooner roll a low-riding Lincoln Continental… say… a dozen times… before you could even lift a wheel on an X5.

    Of course, the Continental rides softer.

    Having had seat time in the X6, I’d say this is one of the few SUVs that could probably handle all that power and be safe to use. Of course, I wish it were lighter… lower… oh hell… I wish they’d dump the stupid headlights and tail-lights on the M6 and stick the X6 units on it.

    A 1.8 ton SUV is no more of a “sell-out” for BMW’s M-badge than a 1.7 ton sedan is… (cough M5… cough…) or shall we ask Porsche about the Cayenne? Or the Panamerica?

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    Call me old fashioned.

    I like the Colin Chapman approach to driving machines:

    “Simplicate, then add in lightness.”

    These things are beasts: unattractive to my eye and sense of motoring decorum.

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    It’s not about performance of the Automotive sort.

    It’s about parking lot parity. The ///M at the Golf Club, or in the executive parking lot. That’ll show Cayenne Turbo guy ! Take that, G Wagon-man. I out snob you, Range Rover gal !

    $2500 in each car for $25,000 in return is good money.

    You sports car guys don’t really matter for this one. You are not the market.

    That ///M is justifiably worth money attached to most of the cars that get it. That some idiot wants an “m class” X6 in no way diminishes your M5. BMW gets his 25k, most of which is pure profit. Why should they leave money on the table (lots of it) because some sportcar guys whine ?

    I’d not buy one, but…..

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