Posted by Harish KumarApril 12, 2009 at 3:26 pm
While the M Series brand is under criticism for these 2 new models during concepts and market testing, they have been both equally well received at the New York Auto Show. To ensure BMW M DNA in every model, BMW has done the unthinkable – They have made M versions of their X5 SUV and X6 SAC. These two models are going after the successful Porsche Cayenne Turbo and Mercedes Benz ML63 AMG.
BMW’s M (Motorsport) division has finally entered into the world of high performance SUV’s. Prices in USA are expected to be in the range of $90,000.
We can now bring the best collection of information, pictures and videos of these two models now that they have been officially released to the public via the 2009 New York Auto Show.
M models require special engines and these two receive the best possible engines out there. They receive a newly developed 4.4 liter Twin-Turbocharged V8 engines that make 555 bhp (408kW) at 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 500 lb-ft (678Nm) between 1500-5650rpm. The turbochargers operate at a maximum boost pressure of 1.5bar. The new M TwinPower Turbo engine is the world’s first engine with a common exhaust manifold encompassing both rows of cylinders and featuring Twin Scroll Twin Turbo Technology.
Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle stands at 13.9 litres/ 100 kilometres, equal to 20.3 mpg imp. Their CO2 rating is a whopping 325 grams per kilometre. The engine conforms to all the requirements of the US LEV II standard as well as the EU5 requirements in Europe.
The Engine’s power is transmitted by the use of a 6-speed M Sports shift system. It features a fully automatic mode when you need to cruise but sharpens its response in M-mode for some serious fun. The M-mode can be actuated by pressing a button on the steering wheel or by using the paddles behind the steering wheel. A very useful feature associated with this shiftt system is that the driver maintains full control of the system without any interference from the computers. The engine can be held at its redline before changing the gears which along with the launch control function means some serious performance.
Power is transferred to the road by means of the X-Drive all wheel drive system which feature BMW’s torque vectoring differentials. 100 km/h comes up in just 4.5 seconds and top speed is electronically limitted to 155 mph (250 km/h). Dynamic Performance control, till now only available on the X6 is now available on the X5M too. this, working in conjunction with the X-Drive assists in making it extremely grippy and lets not forget that the weight distribution is a near 50:50.
Grip is further enhanced by the use of massive 20-inch wheels with runflat tires of sizes 275/40 R 20 at the front and 315/35 R 20 at the rear. Special features include ABS brakes, trailer stability control, Servotronic steering, an electronic parking brake with autohold and hill descent control. Other nice stuff includes rain sensors, cruise control, iDrive, adaptive xenon headlights and rear view cameras.
Both of these all-wheel-drive high-performance sports cars come with a special M cockpit with the instrument cluster featuring a variable pre-warning field in the rev counter, specific vehicle function displays, and white display illumination. They even boast of M seats and an M leather steering wheel. The wide range of standard features includes electrical seat adjustment complete with a memory function and seat heating at the front, two-zone automatic air conditioning, extended Merino leather, a HiFi audio system with 12 loudspeakers and 230 Watt amplifier output, M entry trim, an M footrest, interior trim in brushed Aluminium Shadow on both models as well as a BMW Individual instrument panel finished in leather and automatic operation of the tailgate on the BMW X6 M.
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