• Mar 5, 2009


The teaser site's tag line reads, "M. Welcome to the next chapter." The now official X5 M and X6 M will certainly be something we've never read in the book of BMW high performance vehicles. Recent chapters have featured high-horsepower, rear-wheel-drive cars like the M3, M5 and M6 as their main protagonist, but these new Ms will be big, weigh over 5,000 lbs apiece and use all-wheel drive. In addition to the new teaser site that rounds up all available info on the two newest Ms, BMW has released a first official teaser video in which the M division's Bernd Limmer reveals that the X5 M and X6 M will be powered by versions of the existing twin-turbo 4.4L V8, likely tuned to around 500 horsepower. Being an M car has always required more than just high horses, however, and we can expect the X vehicles to feature heavily tuned suspensions and all-wheel-drive systems with a rear bias for better handling. Throw in better brakes, bigger wheels and tires and subtly revised styling, and consider the next chapter of M read until the official reveal takes place in early April. Follow the jump to watch BMW's official teaser for the X5 M and X6 M.

UPDATE: Jalopnik noticed that the source code of the minisite revealed a tag cloud with such interesting tags as "550 bhp", "Twin Scroll Twin Turbo", "V8" and, our favorite, "gills".



[Source: BMW]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      How many years has it been since execs at BMW and BMW Motorsport said the M badge doesn't fit with this type of vehicle? It made so much sense when they said it, and the 4.8IS worked fine. But M represents $ - hard to resist.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Twin turbo V8 with 550hp... I bet that'll end up in the next M5.
        • 5 Years Ago
        More like it's going to end up in my M3 that I don't have.
      • 5 Years Ago
      SUVs aren't going away, but they're not going to sell in droves like they used to. Which means these monstrosities could very well flop. The X6 is a waste of space--even moreso with the X6 M.
      • 5 Years Ago
      *pbbt*

      hi-po SUVs sould be left to Dakar.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree that putting an M badge on an SUV isn't enthusiast-kosher, but saying that BMW will be bankrupt for it is just ignorant.

        Look at what the Cayenne did for Porsche sales. We have to remember they are running a BUSINESS.
      • 5 Years Ago
      aren't all the M cars purposefully made with a manual transmission as the default or even only choice?

      somehow i am guessing these won't. probably won't even be SMG.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, not all M cars are made that way.

        The E60 M5 was designed solely with an SMG transmission -- then after much North American grumbling BMW decided to offer the car with a 6 speed manual as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is all that power supposed to be for? You don't want to race your overpriced toy the one weekend you have time in 4 months since you are afraid to crash it. When will you ever use all that power? Such a waste. Sheesh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I, for one, cannot wait to see what they make of my favorite SUV's from Bavaria!!! I don't see the reason for all the hate...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The motor would be much better in some else....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw the X5 version before Christmas at the grocery store. Didn't look ANY different than the regular one. Front and rear fascia had that weird black and white camo tape they use and there was black tape covering a vent/emblem on the quarter panel aft of the front wheel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still prefer the original muscle SUVs. The GMC Typhoon and the Jeep Grand Cherokee 5.9L. I had a 5.9L and it was a great car for the late 90s. Gas was cheap, it was loud, had a great rumble, and I could put 5 friends and skis to go to VT. Not so fuel efficiant, but it was still a cool regular SUV.

      Caddy should shohorn an LS9 into the SRX just for kicks as a concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think BMW's time/effort would be better spent making the touring versions of M cars. I, personally, would much rather rock a M3 or M5 touring than some giant SUV pig.

      But that's just me =)
      • 5 Years Ago
      They'll sell 100 of these a year, and then they'll disappear. These things are an accident of a long gestation cycle.
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