BMW is getting ready to launch the third-generation X5 next year, and not wanting to make performance-minded customers wait too long, the X5 M is expected soon after the standard models. As seen in the video we posted last week, the new M-powered X5 is putting down some punishing laps at the Nurburgring. Now we're happy to supplement that video with some new spy photos of that test car.

The shots show more detail of the souped-up crossover, such as the cross-drilled rotors, the blue brake calipers and the signature quad exhaust. We can't tell much about the new X5 M's design, but we expect the front fascia to have massive intakes to feed air to the twin-turbo V8 that's likely to be found underhood. Figure on least 560 horsepower - the power rating of this engine in the new M5.


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      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car is perfect for almost anything. Especially it's good in big cities were the roads are crappy.
        Hello, Brian
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        Yes, and city dwellers flock to it because it is so easy to park.
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        I agree, 20+-inch wide alloy wheels with pontoon-like tires are perfect for the typical pot-holed American city street. It's really funny when these types of high-performance tires wear out in 15,000 miles and Joe Suburban almost falls over when he hears that the replacements will cost more than a few months of mortgage payments. What did he think they would cost???.
          Rob J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BG
          Argh - infinitely, not initially * And a Ferrari FF or an Aston Rapide would be about as comfortable in a city as the X5M. Of course you are comparing 100% apples to oranges, but whatever.
          Ak74
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BG
          It's better than Ferrari or Aston Martin
          adrenalnjunky
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BG
          Everything's got 20" rims and alloy tires - from the family Suburban to dad's pickup, and they have for many years. Sticker shock at the price of tires should not be a factor. BMW's kept their wheels to 18-19"ers on most of their vehicles anyway. Th 255/50/19 on the current sport X5 with package on these is actually slightly narrower than the tires on a Tahoe running OEM 265/70/17's - so the pontoon issue really is a non-starter too.
          GuyClinch
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BG
          The wheels are indeed too low profile for an SUV IMHO. But that's hardly a impossible problem to fix. You could switch to 19 or 18 if you wanted. Just go to a higher profile tire to compensate. I'd probably stick with the 20's and get a -1 or -2 for the winter if you like to ski..
          Rob J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @BG
          100% agreed. A regular X5 would be initially better in a city. I see people in performance cars/SUVs with ultra low profile tires and just think about how much impact there taking. My friends dad has a 996 GTS3 RS and it is spine-crunchingly brutal to be in on anything but a freshly paved road.
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