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Old 10-07-2010, 11:53 PM
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2011 x5 35i For Motor Trend SAV of the Year

OK they're actually calling it "SUV" of the year, but we know better...

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The BMW X5 is quite a brilliant machine, one of the fastest, most sporting SUVs we've ever tested.

Let's look at what's new. Under the hood sits BMW's new-for-last year, 3.0-liter twin scroll turbo inline-six. Like the twin-turbo 3.0-liter straight-six this engine replaces, the single-turbo'd mill produces 300 horsepower and 300 pound feet of torque. Tiny sidebar time: For those wondering what exactly a twin-scroll turbo is, instead of exhaust gasses entering the scroll through a single inlet, each exhaust header blows spent gasses into the snail, hitting the impeller in two places, i.e. twin-scroll.

Aside from the engine, the other big new feature is the X5's eight-speed transmission. It's the same eight-speed unit found in the 7 Series and the 5 Series. Just like the twin-scroll six, this tech isn't bespoke to the X5, but rather is being implemented across the BMW range. Just like in BMW's sport and luxury sedans, the new-for-2011 eight-speed works excellently, providing both cream-smooth shifts and lots of overhead for leisurely highway cruising. There's also a bit of new sheetmetal on the nose and tail, but you'd have to be the biggest BMW fanboy this side of Bavaria to notice.

What does all this change add up to? One very impressive performance SUV, that's what.

Does the BMW X5 have what it takes to be the crowned the 2011 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the year? Head over to our Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/motortrendmag before 12:01 a.m. EST on October 19 and 'Like' us to be the first to find out!

Read more: http://wot.motortrend.com/6718983/au...#ixzz11kQD1iO3
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Old 10-08-2010, 03:35 AM
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Old 10-08-2010, 05:34 AM
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Thumbs up IN my book...

It has been the SAV of the year in my book for a while now. I am glad MT agreed.
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