Spy Shots: BMW X5 M caught in South Carolina... but will it debut in NY?

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Two alert readers caught these latest snapshots of BMW's forthcoming X5 M near the company's Spartanburg, South Carolina facility. With that stance, six front intakes, and that enormous rubber, it looks like the perfect vehicle for a group of Bavarian hitmen, albeit in silver. Some cyber sleuthing revealed terms like "550 bhp" and "Twin Scroll Twin Turbo" on the X5 M and X6 M microsite, but the countdown is only at 4 days and a bit, so we probably won't see particulars until then.

Interestingly, BMW has confirmed that its slant-backed stablemate, the X6 M, will definitely debut at next week's New York Auto Show, so we're looking forward to checking it out. Officially, however, there's no confirmation that the X5 M will make it to the show – but we suspect it will make an appearance just the same. You can read all about BMW's Big Apple showings in the press release after the jump, and check out the gallery of X5 M spy shots below. Thanks to the ClayVon and Eddie, who took these great photos for us!




Woodcliff Lake, NJ – March 31, 2009... Finding new ways to expand the boundaries of what's possible with existing designs is the singular purpose of the craftsmen at BMW M. The modern legacy of BMW M began in 1985 when engineers placed the race-bred engine from the M1 supercar into the BMW 5 Series sedan and created the first BMW M5. The M5 was a sedan with power, precision, and linear control never before imaginable. In New York, BMW M will introduce the next milestone in its illustrious history: the BMW X6 M. The X6 M will utilize several new engine, drivetrain, and suspension technologies to transform the world's first Sports Activity Coupe into a BMW M product.

The BMW X6 M will share the spotlight at the New York International Auto Show with an array of models including the all-new Z4 Roadster and the fifth-generation of the flagship 7 Series. Other featured vehicles will be the Advanced Diesels and the freshly updated 2010 BMW 5 Series and 6 Series models

BMW Z4 Roadster
The all-new BMW Z4 offers the driving pleasure of a BMW Roadster with refined and stylish flair. With the roof down, this two-seater offers an intense experience of sunshine and wind - and driving with the hardtop closed provides the comfort of a premium, sporty coupe.

The design of the new Z4 features classic details with new, up-to-date style. It offers a unique combination of elegance, performance and comfort. The rigid aluminum shells of the two-piece hardtop completely open or close within 20 seconds. Even with the roof closed, the Z4 retains proportions typical of a genuine roadster.

The new BMW Z4 comes with either of two inline-6 engines displacing 3.0 liters: 300 horsepower in the BMW Z4 sDrive35i and 255 horsepower in the BMW Z4 sDrive30i ensure outstanding acceleration and response.

BMW 7 Series
The all-new fifth generation of the BMW 7 Series radiates a natural presence, inherent sportiness and an elegance born of precision in concept and execution. A new V-8 engine with direct injection and twin turbochargers expresses BMW EfficientDynamics at the highest level of performance. The 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 delivers 400 horsepower and 450lb-ft of torque. New, exclusive BMW driver-assistance systems and comfort-related features further add to a truly exceptional driving and riding experience.

Inside the new 7, the ambiance is luxurious, of transcendent quality and – most important of all – inviting. The driver-oriented control center features Black Panel technology. More functions than ever are conveniently accessible to the driver from the multi-function steering wheel.

BMW Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance
The BMW Advanced Diesel powered 335d and the X5 xDrive35d models feature a 50 State emission compliant version of BMW's award winning sequential-turbo 3.0 liter Diesel engine – the first performance-oriented and efficient Advanced Diesel engine in BMW's U.S. line.

The sequential-turbo 3.0 liter Diesel engine powering both models employs both a very small and a larger turbocharger combined with an innovative intake system enabling the engine to develop 265 horsepower. Even more impressive are the torque characteristics. Fully 80 percent of the torque is available from 1100 rpm to 4200 rpm. The peak torque is 425 lbs-ft at 1750 rpm – almost as much as BMW's 6.0 liter V12. The performance is what the enthusiast would expect from a BMW. The 335d is capable of sprinting from 0 – 60 mph in six seconds flat. The X5 xDrive35d will do it in 6.9 seconds. No other diesels in the US will perform like this pair of BMW Advanced Diesel models.

Coupled with this performance potential is impressive fuel economy. The EPA mileage estimates for the 335d are 23 city and 36 highway. The X5 xDrive35d is rated at 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Thanks to BluePerformance technology, this unparalleled blend of performance and efficiency can only be found in a BMW Advanced Diesel.

2010 BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series continues as the quintessential executive express for those with a passion for driving. Engine choices include two highly efficient inline-6 engines and a 4.8-liter V8. There is the choice of Sedan or Sports Wagon, BMW's characteristic rear-wheel drive or the innovative xDrive all-wheel drive. All models are available with a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic with e-shift.

For 2010, Navigation-equipped 5 Series models will benefit from the same Navigation system featured in the new BMW 7 Series. Additionally, for 2010, Navigation-equipped 5 Series models gain access to the Google Maps points-of-interest database when equipped with BMW Assist.

All 5 Series models now offer the availability of an M Sport Package, with components perfectly matched to the vehicle.

2010 BMW 6 Series
The 2010 BMW 6 Series, available in Coupe or Convertible, offers sporting, yet luxurious accommodations in the 2+2 format; sporty and elegant exterior design; strong, refined performance; an extra measure of sporty driving pleasure; and extensive standard equipment, encompassing outstanding luxury and convenience features. The 6 Series is powered by a muscular V-8 engine and some of BMW's most advanced chassis technology, luxury and safety features.

For 2010, Navigation-equipped 6 Series models will benefit from the same Navigation system featured in the new BMW 7 Series. Additionally, for 2010, Navigation-equipped 6 Series models gain access to the Google Maps points-of-interest database when equipped with BMW Assist.

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group's global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car centers, 335 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 142 BMW motorcycle retailers, 83 MINI passenger car dealers, and 30 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group's sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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