So you wanted to buy an M5 Competition but realised that the driving position was not commanding enough, Well BMW has the answer. This is the new X5M Competition. Its an over 2-tonne behemoth that can launch itself to 100kmh in 3.8 seconds, can you imagine that sight?. With the optional driver’s package, it will top out at an impressive 290kmh, which is probably a bit much for the school run where I’m sure it will spend most of its life. Visually this new X5M is a much better-designed car than the previous generation which I always felt was over-designed. The grill in black also looks less over the top than the standard chrome version making it less garish. The slimmer taillights also give it a lower and wider look, this applies to all X5’s though. In typical M fashion, there are 4 exhaust tailpipes.
The Meat of it?
Beneath the bonnet of the new X5M, you will find the tried and tested 4.4l “Hot V” twin-turbo V8, Called “Hot V” because the two turbos are nestled in between the banks of the engine. They have done this not only because it makes the engine more compact but also because of short air pathways it’s more responsive. Rated at 460kw and 750nm of thrust I can see how this SAV can blitz the 0-100 sprint as it does, just a side note, the 750nm of torque is available from about 1800rpm. A bespoke cooling system has been designed specifically for this model.
The low-temperature circuit incorporates the indirect charge air coolers,
while the high-temperature circuit – comprising the central cooler and a
second remote one in the left-hand wheel arch, plus a mechanical water
pump – supplies coolant to the engine blocks and the two turbochargers.
An additional electric water pump allows turbocharger cooling to continue for a certain length of time once the engine has been switched off. The engine is mated to BMW 8 speed Steptronic suspension and xDrive four-wheel-drive system. The Active M differential is also included.
The interior of X5M combines a cockpit design drawing inspiration from the race track with impressive spaciousness and luxurious flair. The bespoke M controls, and the red splashes of colour adorning the M leather steering wheel’s M buttons and the Start/Stop button on the centre console help the driver to dial fully into the dynamic driving experience. The restyled selector is trimmed in leather with an embossed M logo and stitching in M colours and includes the Drivelogic switch. It also incorporates an eye-catching cut-out accentuated by the integral ambient lighting.
At the heart of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional fitted as standard is the
fully digital screen grouping formed by a high-resolution instrument cluster
and a Control Display, which each have a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches. It
also includes a navigation system and allows customers to use the entire
range of digital services from BMW Connected and BMW ConnectedDrive.