BMW’s maddest and baddest SUVs just got madder and badder, with the reveal of the new BMW X5 M and X6 M, both with wild Competition versions available.
The headline change is the power output and apparent increase in acceleration ability, with the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 now putting 441kW for the standard versions, up 18kW from predecessors, while the Competition models now make a vigorous 460kW, 37kW more than they used to.
All four of the new performance SUV models make 750Nm of torque, too, but the Competition models are claimed to be able to out-accelerate their forerunners by almost half a second to 100km/h.
The X5 M Competition will reach triple digits in 3.9 seconds, BMW claims, which is a tenth after the X6 M Comp gets there.
This power is put down to all four wheels through an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission, then distributed via a BMW active M differential. Its rear-biased torque delivery is able to be sharpened up in ‘4WD Sport’ mode.
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Suspension is M-tuned and adaptive, of course, with active roll stabilisation and stability control, as well as ‘Servotronic’ variable assisted steering. BMW alloys sized 21‑inches at the front axle and 22-inches at the rear are standard on Competition variants, and optional on standard models. Behind these, compound brakes with six-piston fixed calipers at the front and single-piston floating calipers at the rear. BMW doesn’t specify disc sizes yet.
What BMW does claim, however, is that the X5 and X6 M will all weigh about the same in both standard and Competition. A claimed 2295kg is the kerb weight across all four spec sheets, though we imagine slight variations in that figure will have to arise based on specific markets, options, etc.
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The BMW X5 M and X6 M will almost certainly make it to Australia, possibly in Competition variant only as other BMW M models have been limited to the top spec in the past.
UPDATE (1127hrs 2-Oct-2019): BMW Australia has confirmed local introduction of the BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition, both due to arrive in Q2 2020. The brand’s local arm adds it will reveal Australian pricing and specification closer to its release next year.