• Dec 22nd 2008 at 6:28PM
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Click above to view the teaser video of the BMW X5 M after the jump

After countless spy shots and rumors, BMW has finally admitted that an M version of its X5 SAV is on the way. The proof of concept comes in the form of a video released on the automaker's bmw-web.tv site, and not surprisingly, the clip doesn't divulge much about the M-modified 'ute. Bernd Limmer, an exec at BMW M GmbH, discusses the essence of "M-ness" that BMW infuses into all of its Motorsports models, goes into detail about how the different systems interact with each other and then hits the Nurburgring to show off the X5 M's prowess on the Nordschleife. There's still no word on when the BMW X5 M will make it's debut, but considering that the original X5 debuted at the Detroit Auto Show almost a decade ago, the Bimmer boys could have something up their sleeve for the festivities in Motown. Hit the jump to see the video.





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      • 6 Years Ago
      Perfect for the zombie apocalypse. Put machine guns on it, raise the suspension, and put beefier tires on it. Also, armor plating.

      It's just like the M5, right? V10 + SMG?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey BMW, I've got an idea:
      Instead of making useless, heavy CUVs with gobs of horsepower coming from a giant engine, why don't you make useless (in terms of cargo space), light coupes/small sedans with gobs of horsepower and torque coming from a SMALL engine and amazing handling packaged in? That's really a novel idea, isn't it?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Must be a really large market for fast land barges. Next thing you know Peterbilt will have a F, M, AMG, RS or R version of its semitruck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      X6 = pointless. Less utility than a 5-series wagon, less rear headroom, less aerodynamic, heavier, and higher c.g.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What engine will this use?
      • 6 Years Ago
      You guys are nuts. I'd put one of these in my garage anyday. There are people who have legitimate uses for SUV's besides to be intimidating on the road. And for those people with performance tastes, a performance version makes sense.
        • 6 Years Ago
        true, but that's not what ///M is for
      • 6 Years Ago
      There isn't a single moment in this video entailing that this is a M version of the X5.
      This is just a top model X5
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was thinking along those lines as well. Let's just hope your right.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, unless you count the part at 19 seconds in that says "BMW X5 M: Product Testing".
      • 6 Years Ago
      M RS AMG whatever, it's not an SUV, it's a minivan.

      When I see these things I see minivans, pleated pants, grandmas, etc. If you drive these things you are not intimidating or impressive, you're invisible and boring.

      There is absolutely no "luxury" or "sporty" SUV that will ever make me turn my head, I dont care if it's that Lamborghini abomination, or some Veyron trainwreck. They're awful cars for horrible people, regardless of performance numbers.

      If you want an SUV then move your ass out of the suburbs and buy a Land Cruiser. If you want a sports car then get a sports car, but don't expect anyone to comprehend your awkward attempts at overtaking in your BMW Mercedes Porsche Sienna Odyssey Voyager.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's got the rear roofline of the X6. X6 M would make a lot more sense too, as that was supposed to the the performance one.

      No wait, it would be X6 Xdrive50 M, right? This performance SUV thing has gotten a little strange, but you can't blame BMW for getting in on the action. And I do have a strange desire for a Cayenne GTS manual. I say, make whatever there's a market for, in order to fund the "real" sports cars. The next Z4 and maybe a return of the Z8 one day, will require a big profitable parent company. Everyone who hates the Cayenne needs to remember there would be no Cayman without it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Much more important than either the X5 M or X6 M:

      These almost certainly will have automatics ... does this open the door for an M7?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't know what you guys are talkking about, but i would would buy a X6 M o an X5 M. They both look better than their standard brethern, and they are faster. Sure the X6 isn't a looker, but its changed the way the Infiniti FX was designed, and it makes a statement on the road. Adding a preformance one with a 500+ horsepower from a 4.4L twin turbo-ed V8 in small numbers would be smart, and ok, with me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is a sexy/aerodynamic front bumper! ;-)
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