BMW X5 and X6 get sporty

* X5 and X6 to get 'M' models * 'M' range updated * No prices announced yet...

04 August 2008
BMW X5 and X6 get sporty

BMW has confirmed it will produce sporty variants of the X5 and X6, as well as giving its current 'M' range a mild makeover in 2009.

The cars will be called the X5M and X6M and will be powered by BMW's twin turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 petrol engine, launched in the standard X6 earlier this year.

Sales in the UK are not expected to start until next year.

Meanwhile, the M3 will get a slightly revised interior with active front head restraints to reduce whiplash in an impact, plus new air vents and a fresh front armrest.

New options will include a seven-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic gearbox.

M5 and M6 models gain a new version of the iDrive central control system, and a new sat-nav set-up that integrates with the phone system and an 80MB music player.

The M6 Coupe will come with the option of a Competition Package that features even lower suspension, double-spoke aluminium wheels and a different bonnet with more pronounced curves.

UK prices for the revised M ranges and new options have not yet been announced.