[dropcap]S[/dropcap]porty, powerful, and top of the line, the 2015 BMW X5 M is a supercharged luxury SUV. The X5 is a mean competitor in the luxury SUV division, capable of clocking 0-60 mph in four seconds flat, which is even faster than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Another attention-grabbing quality is its aesthetics; the X5 is bold and masculine, making it stand out from the crowd.
The BMW X5 M has a lot to offer and comes with a boatload of new equipment, including some high-end items that are available as options on other models. The latest version is the X5 M of based on the third-generation X6 M SUV. With a twinturbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 rated at 567 hp and 553 pound/feet of torque, the X5 M is an even better performer than its predecessor and has a restricted top speed of 155 mph.
The X5 M is 20 percent more efficient than the previous model, largely due to the new eight-speed automatic, a smooth and quick-shifting gearbox that will please most ultimate driving machine lovers.
A turbocharged six-cylinder engine powers the base model X5. The optional engines are a turbocharged V-8 and turbo-diesel sixcylinder. All three engines deliver more than enough power and acceleration.
The base X5 earns good fuel economy at 19/27 mpg city/highway, while the turbodiesel X5 gets 24/31 mpg. As expected, the X5 handles the highway and twisting roads with exceptional ease and rounds the corners with confidence. The brakes are strong and the ride is soft, even on bumpy roads.
The X5 M exterior has unique M front and rear styling, including huge 21-inch wheels with 285/35 tires up front and 325/30s on the rear, and quad exhaust pipes. The front and rear suspension has been upgraded from the standard X5, including new upper front control arms and stiffer springs. You can adjust the shocks, steering, transmission shifting program and the throttle through multiple modes with dedicated buttons. The standard all-wheeldrive power distribution is rear-based, but it can shift from the full power from the front to 100 percent to the rear as needed, or ordered by the X5 M’s onboard computer.
Inside, the X5 M has M-specific items throughout, from the steering wheel to the onscreen M Drive menu and the multifunctional seats. Standard equipment on the X5 includes a panoramic moonroof, push-button start, front and rear parking sensors, satellite radio, Bluetooth, navigation and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with a 10.2-inch display.
With a sticker price of a few bucks under $100,000, the 2015 BMWX5 M costs about $30,000 more than normal BMWX5 models.
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