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2020 BMW X5 M and X6 M First Look: Now With at Least 600 HP


When the original X5 M came out, it was the first of its kind. BMW's famed M division took a massive engine and stuffed it under the hood of one of its most popular products. The recipe is much the same with the new X5 M and X6 M, but now they are even more powerful.


The third-generation M SUVs use a more powerful version of BMW's now ubiquitous twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8—the same motor used in the current M5. The "standard" engine makes 600 hp at 6,000 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque, and the Competition pack ups those numbers to 617 hp and 553 lb-ft. The revised S63 engine also has a wider torque band than the mill in the outgoing M SUVs, meaning there's more grunt available down low in the rev range.

All that power is transferred through BMW's eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission into an M xDrive AWD system. M xDrive sends all of its power rearward until extra traction is required; only then will it shuffle power to the front axle. An active sport differential is also standard on all models.


BMW says a number of AWD modes will be available, including an AWD Sport setting that supports more "spirited driving." All models also get what BMW is calling "Adaptive M suspension Professional with Active Roll Stabilization." Just like other BMWs with adaptive suspension, the X5 M and X6 M use electronically controlled dampers to help control body roll and allow the driver to set their ride and handling preferences through a variety of modes.


Other upgrades include the adjustable brake feel first seen on the M8, extra bracing to increase chassis rigidity, and an optional staggered wheel setup with 21-inch rollers up front and 22-inchers in the rear. The new super-SUVs are also lower, heavier, and slightly wider than the vehicles on which they are based.


On the inside, all models get BMW's Live Cockpit and iDrive 7 standard on two 12.3-inch displays; one in the center console, and the other in the instrument cluster. All models will also come with a head-up display, and two modes for setting how the instrument cluster and HUD display information. Competition pack cars offer a "track" setting that BMW says is designed exclusively for use on closed circuits.

Prices start at $106,095 and $109,595 for the base X5 M and X6 M, or $115,095 and $118,595 for the Competition models, respectively.

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