BMW X5 M and X6 M Unleashed Ahead of Los Angeles

2014 LA Auto Show

With 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.

Beatingtheir official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show by a few weeks, BMW hasunveiled its newest super SUV and CUV – the 2015 X5 M and X6 M. The duocontinues to rely on the company's beastly twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8,which now produces 567 horsepower (up from the previous 555) and 553 lb-ft oftorque (up from 500) with peak torque now arriving between 2,200and 5,000 rpm. Both receivean eight-speed Steptronic transmission and come mated to an xDrive AWD system.

Weighingin at over 5,000 pounds, both new Ms promise to sprint from 0-60 mph in 4seconds flat. Despite the increase in power and performance, BMW says thetwo models benefit from a 20 percent reduction in emissions and fuelconsumption on the European cycle. From a styling point of view, the X5 M andX6 M receive a host of aesthetic benefits to differentiate them from theirnon-M brothers. These include 21-inch wheels, quad exhausts, side gills, largeair intakes, flared wheel arches and more. Inside, the M's are given a newsteering wheel with aluminum paddle shifters, new sports seats and more Mequipment throughout.

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Both the X5 M and X6 M ride on a double-wishbone front suspension andself-leveling rear one, with dynamic dampers offering three modes. The 21-inchwheels are matched to Michelin Pilot Super Sport UHP tires, measuring 285/35/21up front and 325/30/21 in the rear. US pricing will start at $99,650 for the BMW X5 M and $103,050 for the X6 M.