What Is It?
2015 BMW X5 M
What's New About This Model?
Based on the redesigned X5 that debuted for the 2014 model year, the latest X5 M features a revised version of the previous model's twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 along with a new eight-speed transmission, updated styling and improved efficiency.
When Does It Go on Sale?
BMW says it expects to have the X5 M in dealers by March of 2015.
How Much Does It Cost?
Base price for the BMW X5 M is $99,650.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The 2015 BMW X5 M comes as a four-door SUV only. There is only one well-equipped trim level, but as with most BMWs, the options list will be extensive.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
- 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 — 567 horsepower, 553 pound-feet of torque.
- Eight-speed automatic transmission
- Standard all-wheel drive
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
A new BMW lap timer app is available that works in conjunction with the onboard computer to deliver track data to an owner's smartphone. Data such as lateral acceleration, speed, gear selection and steering angle can all be downloaded and displayed after a fast lap.
If that's not interesting enough, consider that this over-5,000-pound SUV can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds flat according to BMW.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG: This luxury SUV also boasts a turbocharged V8 with more than 500 hp. All-wheel drive is standard as well, along with a luxurious interior and unique styling.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo: With 520 hp, this Cayenne has the kind of juice to keep up with any of its high-powered competitors. A very capable chassis makes it surprisingly agile for its size, while the interior offers all the luxury you would expect in a six-figure SUV.
Should You Wait for It?
Why not? It's not like you really need a 567-hp SUV. The previous X5 M took a year off anyway so it's unlikely you'll find one available anyway. There are solid competitors, but if the X5 M's styling, features and performance are exactly what you want, March isn't that long to wait.