BMW considers extracting even more power from its sporty SUVs in the future.
The BMW M X5 and X6 SUVs aren’t exactly underpowered, boasting a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that delivers 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. And yet BMW is considering extracting even more power from its sporty SUVs, as the automaker is considering giving the X5 and X6 the same Competition Pack treatment as the M3 and M4. Currently, the Competition Packs available for the M3 and M4 provide a performance boost, wider 20-inch wheels, a sharper chassis setup, updated suspension, and a sportier exhaust note among other tweaks.
“Competition is a strong growing market in demand, and that goes for every M,” BMW M boss Frank van Meel said in an interview with Auto Guide at the 2017 LA Auto Show. “So that’s also a feature we’re going to use more often in the future. And that does not exclude SUVs.” There’s a good chance this means that the next-generation X5 due to launch next summer will be the first SUV to be offered with an optional Competition Package with similar engine modifications and suspension tweaks. We know that a new M-badged X5 is already in the works, but BMW didn’t immediately offer a Competition Pack for the M3 and M4, so it may take a while before we see a Competition version of the X5 M.
BMW first introduced the Competition Pack for the last-generation M5 and M6, and more recently for the current M3 and M4. The next car on the agenda to receive the Competition Pack treatment is the all-new M5 which already has 600 hp on tap, so the Competition Pack variant should be an absolute monster. Alternatively, you can give the new M5 a sporty makeover by adding copious amounts of M Performance parts that were first shown at this year’s Las Vegas SEMA show.