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252016 BMW X5 M is big and bold, not beautiful

Awesome as it is, the BMW X5 M has never really been an attractive machine. Big and bulgy are the themes here, and that's only more pronounced with the X5's most recent refresh. But no matter, the X5 M has never been about looks – for this machine, it's all about performance, and BMW's hi-po crossover absolutely delivers in this regard.

48BMW unveils 2016 X5 M and X6 M super CUVs

The second-generation BMW X5 M and X6 M have officially made their arrival for the speed-obsessed, crossover-loving masses that aren't willing to turn to Mercedes-AMG or Land Rover Special Operations.

38X4 launch to spearhead BMW crossover onslaught at NY Auto Show

It's no secret that crossovers are one of the key vehicle types driving today's auto industry profits, and nowhere is that more true than among the world's luxury brands. BMW became one of the first players in the luxury CUV segment when it launched its original X5 in 1999, and buoyed by that model's runaway success, it followed up with the X3 in 2003, the X6 in 2008 and the X1 in 2009 (though the latter didn't make it to the US until late 2012). It's replaced the X5 twice since then and the X3

11Next BMW X5 M snapped storming the Nürburgring

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.

12Next BMW X5 M caught bludgeoning 'Ring, sounds fierce

The engineers at BMW's M Division have their magical finite element analysis machines working on the next-generation high-performance version of the company's popular X5 crossover, and they've taken a disguised X5 M prototype to Germany's Nürburgring to run the numbers. According to forum user Jason at Bimmerpost, the impetuous BMW CUV will begin the trend of M vehicles arriving more quickly after their progenitors. A pedestrian airbag and iDrive Touch Controller could be inaugurated with t

18BMW pits M3 against X5 M at Laguna Seca in Zanardi-esque promo

It's nice to see that someone at BMW apparently has a wry sense of humor when it comes to the X5 M. We are not shy about admitting that we find it hard to take the 550-horsepower SUV seriously – we famously called it a "2.7-ton Miata with a lampshade on its head and a serious coke habit," when we reviewed it back in 2010. But this little 30-second spot pairing it with the M3 has us tickled with nostalgic memories of the 1996 CART finale at Laguna Seca.

17Autoblog Podcast #219: Geneva, Diesel Cruze and Backup Camera talk with Randy Nonnenberg of BringATrailer.com

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24BMW builds 1,000,000th X5

The BMW X5, old and new – Click above for high-res image gallery

18$99 Ultimate BMW Experience reinvents the factory tour

Most factory tours cost a lot less than $99, but BMW has more up its sleeve than a short walk down the production line. BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina facility is home to a new enthusiast attraction called "The Ultimate BMW Experience." The tour starts out with a trip to the Zentrum museum followed by a tour of the assembly line, where you're likely to see products like the new X5 M get pieced together. That's not exactly worth parting ways with 99 bucks, but there's more to the deal. After t

27Spy Video: 2011 BMW M5 undergoes 'Ring Taxi practice

2011 BMW M5 testing at the Nurburgring – Click above to watch video after the jump

15Autoblog Podcast #176 - Beijing, Bailout and Bucks (profits, that is)

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43BMW M looking to be more youthful, get more affordable?

BMW Concept 1 Series Tii – Click above for high-res image gallery

22BMW announces start-stop system and Competition package for M3, M Sport for X5

BMW M3 Competition Package – Click above for high-res image gallery

42VIDEO: Top Gear pits BMW X5 M against Audi Q7 TDI and Land Rover Range Rover Supercharged

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31G-Power takes the BMW X6 M, X5 M to 600 hp and beyond

G-Power Typhoon X6 M - click above for hi-res image gallery

32REPORT: More details on BMW's rumored M1(s)

BMW 1 Series Tii Concept - click above for high-res image gallery

27Official pricing for BMW X5M and X6M leaks out

The BMW X5M and X6M are all about excess. Excess power (if that's possible), excess girth, and, as we already knew, excess cost. BimmerFile is reporting that the X5M will ding your budget to the tune of $85,400 ($86,225 after $825 destination charge), while the X6M will set you back $88,900 ($89,725 after destination charge). And anyone that has ever priced out a Bimmer with options knows that those prodigious figures are only the baseline of what will no doubt be two even more expensive BMWs.

30Rumormill: BMW looking at triple-turbo diesel for new performance X5

BMW X5 M – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddBMW developing a tri-turbo performance diesel for the X5?

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