Not long ago, we drove the totally redesigned BMW X5, and it's truly sublime in the way it looks, feels, and drives. Now, the balls-to-the-wall version, the X5 M has been unveiled, and it's as insane as you thought it might be, and then some. Introduced side-by-side with the X6 M, the X5 M is ready for family and track duties with the kind of maddening power once reserved for supercars. They both get the current M5 sedan's engine (600 horsepower from a 4.4-liter V8). And if you thought the base X5 M wasn't enough, there's also a Competition trim with even more power. Yep.
Both the new X5 M and the X6 M models make 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. That's a lot, especially since the X5 M50i already puts down 523 horsepower, which is more than enough for average humans. The X5 M Competition and X6 M Competition churn out quite a bit more at 617 horsepower. That's more than twice the horsepower found in the Toyota Camry V6 and about ten times more fun. Though the X5 M and X6 M weigh a lot more than the M5 and M8 from which their motors are sourced, the performance is nonetheless astounding.
Competition models will launch from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 3.7 seconds, while the "regular " X5 M and X6 M are barely slower at 3.8 seconds apiece. And just for comparison's sake, the X5 M50 will do the same speed in 4.1 seconds, still righteously fast. The top speed for both M SUVs is governed at 155 mph, but you can add the M Driver's Package that increases that top speed to 177 mph, because, you know, you want evade the police rather than just have them chase you (just kidding).
The X5 M gets a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the vehicle's xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The X5 M is rear-wheel drive biased and will only send power to the front wheels when necessary. There's also additional chassis reinforcement, a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive properties, Active Roll Stabilization, stiffer engine mounts, and even more front camber for improved handling. This thing was meant to carve instead of just go fast in a straight line.
Both the X5 M and X6 M also get brake-by-wire tech that allows drivers to adjust pedal feel in different drive modes. Its obvious that BMW meant these big boys to be driven hard, and they're great options for performance-minded drivers who need more space than the M5 (though the X6 M is only a little bit larger in the cargo section than the M5). That being said, it's a bit harrowing to imagine something that weighs over 5,000 pounds can go this fast.
In terms of looks, the Competition models get black trim and Competition badging to set them apart. Just like the X5 M, the Competition trimmed versions also get more aggressive aerodynamics, huge quad pipes, and a specially-trimmed interior with real carbon fiber, and BMW Motorsport red/white/blue coloring and stitching. Even the paddle shifters are red. Seat pattern and door trim pattern get that unique hexagonal pattern, too.
You pay for it, too. While the X5 M50i starts at an already tall $82K, upgrading to the X5 M will cost you $106,095, while the Competition trim will drain an eye-searing $115,095 from your bank account. The X6 M Competition, while smaller than the X5, actually costs about $3,500 more. Yikes. But keep in mind that both of these vehicles are cheaper and faster than the $156,900 Bentley Bentayga. How's that for affordability? Both the X5 M and X6 M (and Competition trims) will go on sale in the spring of 2020.