LA preview: 2015 BMW X5 M

October 30, 2014
BMW has revealed its second-generation X5 M ahead of the SUV’s official unveiling at the Los Angeles auto show.

Tweaked by BMW’s high-performance M division, the 2015 X5 M arrives with the distinction of being the brand’s most powerful all-wheel drive vehicle to date. That title comes courtesy of a revised 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 that makes 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.

That power is put to the ground via a new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. BMW says the X5 M can accelerate from 0-60 in 4.0 seconds and hit a top speed of 155mph – not too shabby for a vehicle that weighs just over 5,000 pounds.

But despite those performance chops, BMW says the all-new X5 M is 20 percent more efficient than its predecessor. Final EPA ratings, however, are unavailable at this time.

Equipped with BMW’s Dynamic Damper Control, the X5 M can be set in one of three driving modes – Comfort, Sport and Sport+. The same three modes can be selected in the X5 M’s steering settings.

Braking duties in the X5 M are handled by six-piston calipers at the front and single-pot clamps at the back. The M division increased the size of the X5 M’s pads by 50 percent, which should translate into even better stopping power. The new brakes are also lighter than the outgoing model’s, improving the X5 M’s overall handling characteristics.

The X5 M stands out compared to its standard counterpart thanks to a few M-specific styling cues, including larger front air intakes, side gills with M badging, sports exterior mirrors, quad-exhaust outlets and unique 21-inch wheels.

Inside the X5 M features an M instrument cluster, leather-wrapped steering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters, multi-function M seats and a Head-Up Display.

X5 M buyers can also choose from a few M exclusive packages, including a Merino full-leather trim. M buyers also have access to two unique paint hues – Long Beach Blue Metallic and Donington Grey Metallic.

Following its Los Angeles debut, the 2015 BMW X5 M will go on sale with a starting price of $99,650, including a $950 destination fee.

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