Friday, October 22, 2021
News New BMW X5 And X7 Get The M50i Treatment

New BMW X5 And X7 Get The M50i Treatment

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.

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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