The styling add-ons are surprisingly subtle.
BMW's X5 is widely credited for being the first high-riding SUV to offer car-like driving dynamics, a trait promptly repeated in vehicles such as the Porsche Cayenne and Range Rover Sport. It may no longer be the sportiest SUV of them all - the Lamborghini Urus and Aston Martin DBX have moved the game on - but it certainly created the spark.
Still, the German brand offers its trailblazing SUV in a number of varieties. The X5 M50i and X5 M are currently the most powerful models Munich can offer you. With a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.1 and 3.8 seconds respectively, they aren't slow. But if you want to stand out from the crowd, there are more extroverted designs out there, including BMW's own X6. More popular than ever, monied SUV owners are turning to tuning companies for the ultimate high-riding status symbols - although some creations are certainly questionable.
Romanian tuner Marius Designhaus may have the answer for you. The company has previously turned its hand to vehicles such as the Urus and the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, but it has now focused on BMW's luxury SUV. First up, the X5 was fitted with a Larte Design body kit, which accentuates the dynamic styling. Sitting lower to the ground (courtesy of lowered suspension) an aggressive-looking front spoiler is aided by side skirts and a redesigned rear bumper. Finished in carbon fiber, the overall result is menacing.
Other add-ons include a carbon fiber hood, radiator grille, and fender vents, along with a sporty diffuser and back spoiler. The exposed carbon fiber treatment has been extended to the side mirror caps, with trapezoidal titanium exhaust tips finishing everything off nicely.
Painted in gloss black are the unique 22-inch alloy wheels. And they really are unique - penned by Marius Designhaus, the rims were reportedly sketched at a meeting with the owner. The tuning company offers tailor-made forged wheels for customers, giving them a distinctive look for their vehicles. While the exterior has received extensive changes, the tuner hasn't given any information on whether interior upgrades can be fitted to the already plush cabin.
This specific X5 was wrapped in a Candy Red hue by Oracal, called 'Luscious Lips'. To match the racier styling, the X5 also receives a power hike. The company notes the 400 horsepower output was boosted to 500 hp courtesy of Racebox Romania. Based on the power output, we can assume this specific X5 is powered by BMW's incredible B57D30S0 straight-six turbodiesel, which leaves the factory with 394 hp courtesy of four turbochargers.
While not as outlandish as some of the creations from Mansory, we're not so sure the Marius Designhaus X5 will be giving legendary BMW tuner Alpina sleepless nights anytime soon.