BMW launched two new models earlier today. The BMW X5M and BMW X6M are the latest generations of high-performance SUVs from the German automaker. Both vehicles will be offered in ‘basic’ trim and a more powerful Competition version. The X5M is already an impressive machine, one that we experienced at its international introduction in 2018 and earlier this year locally. Read our BMW X5 M50d driving review here.

Bespoke appearance

The two newcomers are based on the existing BMW X5 and X6. Both feature M-specific touches that distinguish them from lesser-powered siblings. Among the upgrades are optimised cooling air supply and aerodynamics, made possible by large air intakes, BMW kidney grilles with double bars, M gills on the front side panels, a rear spoiler and rear apron with diffuser elements. Other unique touches include large alloys and an exhaust system with two sets of twin tailpipes.

More firepower

BMW X5M and BMW X6M are both powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, similar to that found in the M5 (click here to read our BMW M5 review). This engine develops 441 kW and max torque of 750 N.m. Competition versions boast peak outputs of 460 kW and 750 N.m as well. BMW says that each one of the models will sprint from rest to 100 km/h in under four seconds.

Regardless of the output power delivery is handled by an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. An all‑wheel-drive system with rear-biased setup is the final link the transmission chain. This system can be adjusted in 4WD/4WD Sport modes. An Active M Differential helps rear traction and improves dynamic behaviour.

Two setup buttons on the steering wheel allow direct access to the settings for the engine, dampers, steering, M xDrive and braking system. M Mode allows driver assistance system interventions, instrument cluster displays and head-up display readouts to be configured individually.

BMW says the new models were honed at the Miramas and Arjeplog testing facilities, on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife and at other race circuits. M-specific suspension with electronically controlled dampers and active roll stabilisation hide its mass and size. M compound brakes are standard fitment.

The new BMW X5M and BMW X6M will be shown to the public at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year and go on sale in Europe in 2020.

See the BMW X5M and X6M in action below: