The concept of a high-performance, sports car baiting crossover SUV isn't entirely new. One of the first of them was BMW with the X5 4.6is. That was nearly 20 years ago and the sports crossover game has moved on quite a lot.
A new generation of X5 meant there was to be yet another potent model. BMW has delivered on that front with the all-new X5 M and its Competition variant. Not only that, but they also put out the next-generation X6 M (and Competition) alongside it. These two are the most powerful crossovers to come out of the M Division to date.
So just how powerful are these high-riding M crossovers? It's essentially powered by the same mill used in the M5. That means it's packing a 4.4-liter, TwinPower Turbo V8 engine. In the standard models of the X5 M and X6 M, it's good for an already impressive 600 PS and 750 Nm of torque. But if that's still not enough, the Competition versions of the two come out swinging with 625 PS. The torque figure of the Competition is retained at 750 Nm.
Stats like that help propel these two-ton crossovers to 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds for the standard versions. As for the 0 to 200 km/h sprint, it's is dealt with in 13.7 seconds. Opt for the Competition pack and the numbers go down to 3.8 seconds and 13.4 seconds for the 0 to 100 km/h and 0 to 200 km/h run, respectively. As part of the 'gentlemen's agreement', top speed is capped at 250 km/h, but an optional Driver's Package puts that up to 290 km/h.
As for the exterior, it will be easy to identify these M-tuned models from their more pedestrian M Sport counterparts. All the fenders are unique to the X5 M and X6 M with wider flares. A more aggressive front air dam design further separates the M from M Sport variants. Even the side mirrors are unique to these potent crossovers, adapting a design similar to the M5. The same goes for the rear bumpers which come with diffusers. In the X5 M, it has a taller tailgate spoiler while the X6 M sports a more subtle lip spoiler.
Given that M models are offered in the country, you can expect these models to arrive on our shores soon, likely on indent order.