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Horowhenua Chronicle

Friday, October 11, 2019

BMW’S new M-badge monsters unveiled ANDREW SLUYS They’re the two big BMW SUVs that shouldn’t be able to embarrass most modern-day sports cars, but have more than enough power to do so. Ahead of their official debut at this weekend’s DTM race at Hockenheim, BMW has pulled the covers off its X5 M and X6 M brutes. Sitting under the hood of both these big-bodied vehicles is BMW’s 4.4L M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that pumps out an astonishing 441kW and a monstrous 750Nm of torque. This power plant is strapped to BMW’s eight-speed M Steptronic transmission, which sends power

to all four wheels through an Active M differential. Thanks to this whopping power plant and drive train combination, these two SUVs can accelerate to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds, before topping out at an electronically limited 250km/h. If this is a little low for your liking, M Driver’s Package increases the top speed to 290km/h. Should you require more power for your daily commuting needs, BMW is also offering Competition variants of the X5 M and X6 M models. The engine in these two SUVs has been tuned to pump out a larger 460kW, but torque remains the same. To achieve handling that matches this straight-line performance, both models are equipped with adaptive suspension and active roll stabilisation. In terms of braking,

Under the hood is BMW’s 4.4L M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that Photo / supplied delivers 441kW and 750Nm of torque. a high-performance six-piston caliper system with a 395mm disk

sits up front, and a single caliper system sits at the back.


Visually, the revised front and rear ends of the two SUVs have been aerodynamically designed, and two sleek mirrors sit either side. The four-tailpipe exhaust system is said to produce an “aural accompaniment that stirs the emotions”. Base X5 M and X6 M models come with standard 21in wheels at while Competition models have staggered wheels that measure 21in at the front, and 22in at the rear. Looking on the inside, the cabin mostly carries over from the X5 and X6, although a few special touches have been added. These include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, multifunction sports seats, and a carbon fibre shifter. New Zealand pricing and availability is yet to be announced, but we’ll keep you updated.

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