2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M revealed - first pictures, engines, on-sale date

Latest performance versions of X5 and X6 SUVs. Both offered with 4.4-litre V8 engines. On sale April 2015...

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Tom Webster
30 October 2014

2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M revealed - first pictures, engines, on-sale date

The latest of the performance-focused versions of the BMW X5 and X6 have been revealed, ahead of going on sale in spring 2015.

What are they?

The BMW X5 M and X6 M are the ultimate versions of the two large SUVs – the five seater X5 and the coupe-like X6. They are offered with just the one petrol engine, and in one well-equipped specification. They have also been tuned dynamically to improve their handling and get upgraded interiors to reflect their sporty nature.

What engines can I choose from?

There is just the one engine on offer in both cars - a 4.4-litre V8 unit with two turbochargers. It produces 567bhp, making it the most powerful engine BMW has developed for a four-wheel-drive vehicle. It is linked to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Both the X5 and X6 get from 0-62mph in just 4.2 seconds and go on to a limited top speed of 155mph.

BMW says that both cars are around 20% more efficient than their predecessors; both manage an average of 25.4mpg their official CO2 emissions are 258g/km.

How much equipment do they come with?

The X5 M and X6 M come with several upgrades over the standard versions, with some aimed at improving the driving experience.

They come with upgraded suspension that's 10mm lower than that on the standard cars, plus 20-inch alloy wheels and dynamic performance control as standard. In this, the Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes control the suspension and steering set-ups.

Outside they get body-coloured rear aprons and four exhaust tailpipes, while the X6 has a rear spoiler.

Inside they get a leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, sports seats in Merino leather and aluminium details throughout the cabin.

Other equipment includes electric driver's seat, heated front seats, dual-zone air-conditioning, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and satellite-navigation.

How much will it cost?

All this performance and equipment doesn't come cheap, because the X5 M costs £90,170 and the X6 M costs from £93,070.

Can I get a discount?

The closest thing to these extreme versions of BMW's SUVs are the xDrive50i M Sport, and they come with a discount of around £3500 according to our Target Price, so haggling looks like it is possible at the top end of the BMW range.