• Jun 26, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the twin-turbo V8 BMW X5.

BMW has continued to deny the existence of an M-version of the X5, and by all accounts, it's true. The blokes from Bavaria maintain that the 'ute's size, weight, height and packaging won't warrant the tri-tones of the vaunted M. But the doesn't mean BMW can't produce a hotter version of its biggie-sized SUV.

Using the same 407 hp, 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 found in the recently released X6, BMW is taking aim at the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. KGP was able to snap off a handful of shots of the turbo'd X5 running the 'Ring, and despite the lack of a factory-approved M on the hatch, it's looking decidedly more aggressive than its siblings. The front fascia is taking all the normal cues from BMW's motorsports department, with massive air intakes and a gaping central air dam, while a set of quad exhausts are framed within a new rear bumper. There's no word on when the hotter X5 will debut, but with the Paris Motor Show right around the corner, BMW surely has a few things up its sleeves.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      the are over 10,000,000 millionaires worldwide, with avg wealth about $4 million a piece EXCLUDING the value of their home.

      so yea , they smirk more than they frown.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I suspect that BMW may call this the X5 XDrive50si. Definitely won't be an M model.

      It would be nice to see them simply replace the current 4.8i with this model (and just call it X5 XDrive50i) and replace the 3.0si with a turbocharged XDrive35i. But I am not so sure they will go that route.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I meant Middle East.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I am not sure why anyone needs a M-Series X5, just like a Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Money would be better spent buying a CUV and getting a sports sedan or coupe. These are vehicles for people with more money and ego-stroking requirements than brains.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Cont.
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        American companies are responsible for a significant portion of the SUV's, yet I would argue that they get a free pass.

        ""I notice when BMW or Benz does this everyone hoots and when American companies does this it is a sin."" I Disagree!

        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree with Xcountryflyer. There is absolutely no need for performance SUVs in this day of age. Forget the gas issue for a moment. As a regular at my local track I have yet to see one of these monsters (including the ML55, Cayenne Turbo, and the like) run the quarter mile. I certainly don't see any of them autocrossing, either. Not to say that there aren't any across the world that are being raced, but not enough to warrant their existance.

        IK47, while I understand your point, I have to disagree with your argument. I'm pretty sure this X5 being tested only seats 5 people, albeit just as comfortably as a 5-series would. This SUV may be able to hold a bit more cargo, but not enough that it would need a 400+ hp motor. And as far as being safer, I highly doubt it. From what I've read and seen the majority of SUVs need a longer stopping distance then most cars, and because of their center of gravity they are more prown to roll-overs, not to mention they are full of blind spots.

        And back to the fuel issue for a moment. Just because someone can afford to purchase one of these vehicles does that give them the right to be more environmentally irresponsible? Remember, the issue regarding our dependency on oil isn't just about cost to our wallets.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Just because they have an ego, doesn't mean they can't have fun and KILL Cayennes. Right? Who are you to deny that right to them ego-folk?

        If I had the money, I'd find it in my ego to justify buying this truck. Oh yes I would.
      • 6 Years Ago
      to all those that say those who can afford it would not care about gas prices, believe me they would. a lot of people that are able to buy this cars don't just like to waste their money, the reason they have is because they know how to spend it. so wise people make good decisions or bad ones but they mostly know what they are doing. for example. one of my family members loves the open air feel but they also have to little sons that they need to take care of. their first decision was to buy a corvette convertible but then they would have to buy another car to also fit their kids so they would need two cars, considering the gas price they went and bought a soltice with 260 hp and they also got a lincoln mKx to take their little sons as well. so even though they can afford something more expensive sometimes people make different decisions, and the afluent people care about gas prices as well. gas been so expensive affects everyone so they spend about 65 000, instead of buying a corvette and a mkx which would have been more like 80000 saving 15 000 to spend on the extra consumption of gas my uncle said. i am currently working on my uncles soltice to give it at least 300 hp which he wants. the only people that seem to buy overprice cars, or because it has a badge on them they like its because they either want to appear to be rich, they are loyal to their brands or they just have the money and they like what they are buying.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yes. This is exactly what the market demanded. An SUV that uses even more gas.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LS7,

        This is what the market wants.

        Haven't you noticed the huge spike in the production of expensive cars? Compare what's being sold now with what was on the market 10 years ago.

        Take into consideration that BMW sells their cars internationally - and with current development / growth, luxury cars are in high demand in more places around the world.

        just because you and me are crying about gas prices doesn't mean that there is no market for a vehicle like this - to the contrary, there is probably more of a market now than before.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If you can afford a car like this (and I don't mean just 'make the payments' I mean actually afford it) the cost of gas is likely to be all but irrelevant to you until it's a LOT higher than it is now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Any ideas about the cable looking thing on the right rear?
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's a measuring device for things such as suspension travel, tire pressure/heat. It's something to keep an eye on with a 2 tonne plus 'performance' SUV.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why is BMW blowing precious development resources on another version of this ugly truck?

      Why not bring direct injection to all engines across the BMW line instead?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Yes. This is exactly what the market demanded. An SUV that uses even more gas." by Why not

      Especially the Middle the East and Soviets flushed with wealth.
      • 6 Years Ago
      is that an RS6 following?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Its rush hour on the Ring.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks like an RS6 to me. Good eye. I like the air dams in the front bumper on this X6.
        • 6 Years Ago
        yep, and if i wasn't convinced the RS6 would break down, i'd say the X6 needs to get out of the way.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Audi isn't following.....It is preparing to lap the X5! :-)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a PT Cruiser to me...
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Yes. This is exactly what the market demanded. An SUV that uses even more gas." by Why not

      Especially the Middle the East and Soviets flushed with wealth.
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