What do you get when you cross a BMW X5 or X7 with the BMW M850i’s engine? A 523-horsepower super SUV.
The paint’s just done drying on the all-new BMW X5 and BMW X7 and already they’re on the receiving end of more power. How else does one get 7 passengers and some gear to 100km/h in well under 5 seconds? Or alternatively, 5 passengers to the same speed in under 4.5? We ask you!
The new BMW M850i’s delightful 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 puts out 523-horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque. The power is channelled through an 8-speed automatic transmission with launch control. Finally, it hits all four wheels with BMW’s xDrive AWD system and will include a rear M Sport differential.
Both SUVs will also receive M suspension components. The X5 will be delivered with the Adaptive M Suspension. The BMW X7 M50i will roll on a two-axle air suspension system – an option on the X5 M50i. To try and keep the power to the ground, the SUVs will be shod with 20-, 21- or 22-inch wheels and tires. And to try and keep the shiny side up, they will also receive massive M Sport brakes.
What’s truly amazing is that this is solely the beginning for the X5 and X7’s race to power supremacy. It is expected that both will gain a true M edition variant, as in X5 M and X7 M, sometime next year…
As well, the BMW X6 is undergoing the same treatments.