If you’ve got 90-odd grand to spend on an SUV with supercar-baiting performance, the launch of the new BMW X5M and X6M means you’re almost spoilt for choice now.
The two Beemers wade into battle with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and upcoming Range Rover Sport SVR sporting 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8 engines producing 567bhp and 553lb/ft of torque.
That’s enough to propel the pair, both of which weigh the far side of two tonnes, from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds and on to a limited 155mph.
Despite being 10 per cent more powerful than their predecessors, the X5M and X6M are 20 per cent more economical as well, returning 25.4mpg and emitting 258g/km of Co2.
Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Under normal conditions, most of the power goes to the rear axle, but up to 100 per cent can be sent to either end if necessary.
The underpinnings have been suitably beefed up to cope with the extra power. The firmer suspension is 10mm lower, with active roll stabilisation and self-levelling air suspension at the rear.
Dynamic Performance Control toggles through Comfort, Sport and Sport+ modes, altering the suspension and steering settings.
The stability control features M Dynamic Mode, which allows some “mild drifting” before cutting in, and an ‘off’ mode, which only intervenes if you’re being a complete numpty. There’s launch control, too.
20-inch wheels come as standard, wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres; 285/40 at the front and 325/35 on the rear. 21’s are optional.
BMW describes the two car’s styling as “purely function led”. They are identical up to the A-pillars, with big intakes, improved aero and quad exhausts.
Inside, there’s loads of leather and model-specific trim, a flotilla of safety systems and pretty much all of BMW’s gadget catalogue. Electrically adjustable memory seats, two-zone aircon, DAB radio, 20GB hard drive, Bluetooth, head-up display and satnav all come as standard.
The BMW X5M and X6M go on sale in April 2015, priced from £90,170 and £93,070 respectively.
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