BMW adds M performance to the X5 and X7 SUVs

Alfred Osborne
May 23, 2019

So if the existing prospect of a 450hp xDrive50i was a little too "meh" for you, there's now a 530hp version to get all excited about - while you wait 20 minutes or so for the arrival of the even more powerful X5 M and X7 M. Top speed is electronically limited to 130 miles per hour.

Peak output is a stout 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, with the latter generated from as low as 1,800 rpm all the way up to 4,600 rpm.

To make sure you're never embarrassed in a straight line dash at the lights by a Japanese sports auto, BMW slots the new version of the N63 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 under the hood of its M50i variants. Despite this, the top speeds remained unchanged at 130 miles per hour (209 km/h) and 155 miles per hour (250 km/h).

Aside from the boost in power and straight-line performance, the X5 M50i and X7 M50i also get suspension tweaks from the M Performance range. The extra oomph launches the X5 to 60 miles per hour in 4.1 seconds, slightly quicker than the heavier X7's 4.5-second benchmark. Engineers also paid attention to the outlet, with a standard M Sport exhaust system said to deliver an exciting soundtrack.

Two optional wheel packages fit either 21-inch wheels on run-flat performance rubber, 275/40 in front and 315/35 in back, or 22-inch wheels on non-run-flat performance rubber, 275/35 front and 315/30 in back.

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The X5 M50i rides on an adaptive suspension system with selectable Sport and Comfort modes. The X5 M50i is fitted with Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled conventional dampers, while the X7 M50i gets adaptive air suspension on both axles, but the X5 can be ordered with the latter as an option. The rocker panels and rear bumpers have been distinctly sculptured as well, whereas several exterior components are finished in BMW Individual high-gloss Shadowline trim and Cerium Grey accents.

M Sport Brakes get two-piece, lightweight compound brake disks.

The interior benefits from plenty of M-branded pieces, including the gear selector and leather steering wheel, perforated Vernasca leather upholstery, and illuminated sill plates with M50i logos.

Inside, there's BMW's Live Cockpit Professional and a Harman Kardon Surround Sound system. Pricing starts at $82,150 (plus $995 destination) for the 2020 X5 M50i, and at $99,600 (plus $995 destination) for the 2020 X7 M50i. Production begins this August, but we're sure BMW dealers will be happy to take your orders forthwith.

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