Theoretically, crossovers don't have the makings of a performance car. These vehicles are tall and high off the ground, which isn't ideal for cornering. Crossovers are typically heavier than their sedan or hatchback counterparts, and weight is the enemy of performance.
Still, it isn't stopping luxury automakers from building hot versions of their crossovers, and BMW just can't stop making them. Not satisfied with the standard X5 M, they rolled out the X5 M Competition, and it's even more insane than the standard model.
The X5 M Competition uses the same engine as the M5 Competition. That means this high-riding Bimmer uses a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Whereas the standard X5 M puts out 600 PS, the Competition version packs 625 PS. With figures like that, the X5 M is the most powerful BMW crossover to date.
To keep it glued to the road, the X5 M comes with a tuned version of xDrive all-wheel-drive. However, BMW chose not to put a 2WD (or “Drift Mode”) in the fast crossover, but it's probably for the best. BMW also tuned the suspension by lowering it and making the track wider. That was done to fight the high center of gravity that's innate in crossovers.
But aside from the X5 M Competition, BMW also rolled out the X6 Competition. It has the same specs as its more upright counterpart from the engine to the suspension. Also, BMW will make an exclusive batch of X5 and X6 M Competition models called the First Edition. Only 250 will be made for each, and all of them will have matte paint which the brand calls Frozen.
While it's unlikely that the First Edition models will arrive here, the Competition models are likely to land in the country. After all, BMW Philippines offers M cars in the country, so we don't see why it won't be sold locally.