At the 2014 LA Auto Show we got a world's first look at the 2015 BMW X5 M and X6 M. These are the latest M cars and true to M form both are up rated variants of the standard F15 X5 and F16 X6. BMW M worked over the entire vehicle for performance and appearance. To start they dropped the M5/M6 S63tu twin turbo V8 in the front for 567hp and 553 ft-lbs of torque. This power is routed through a eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and xDrive all wheel drive. Sadly a M DCT or manual transmission is not an option but the auto doesn't hurt performance with 0-60 coming in just 4.0 seconds. We didn't get a chance to drive them yet but will have a full driving review soon. We'll let you know how it feels to pilot the highest horsepower xDrive AWD M car yet.
On the outside the X5 and X6 get typical M treatments letting you know this isn't the standard X5 or X6. Big intakes up front feed air to the V8 intercoolers and radiator, the big openings give a menacing look. An interesting change on the X5 M is that it sports the X6 front headlights. The aggressive sports activity coupe headlights sharpen the front of the X5 M and makes it clear this is not an ordinary X5. On the sides the air breather outlets behind the front wheels get M badge treatment reminicant of the M3 and M5. The mirrors are twin stalk design that look to be borrowed directly off the M3. In back the quad exhaust and M badge let everyone behind you know that is where they will be staying.
The inside also gets M love; M leather wrapped wheel, aluminum flappy paddles, M instrument cluster, M badges on a few too many things, and to round it off new M seats let everyone know that this is an M car throughout. The new M multi-function seats are the number one improvement on the interior. They're fantastically comfortable and seem to hold you solidly in place. Once we get some seat time with the new M sports activity vehicles we can let you know how they feel on an extended basis.
Overall the new X5 M and X6 M have the look and on paper performance to be worthy of the M badge. BMW has pulled the best parts out of the ///M parts bin, plus built a few new ones just for these two xDrive beasts. The result is a complete package with nothing lacking or left out. The only remaining question is, are you getting one?
The X5 M starts at $99,650 with destination and handling while the X6 M sets you back a wallet emptying $103,050 with destination and handling. Look for both at your local dealership in early 2015. Stay tuned for our full driving review.
Official 2015 BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M press release