The X5 M is likely to be the most powerful SUV from BMW so far and has been seen on the Nurburgring racetrack. The body has some camouflage on it and so it is hard to know what changes will be made to the body and the front fenders are also covered up which are expected to have M badged vents. However, there are large air intakes and also large wheels, side sills and big tyres to match. The quad exhaust pipes also indicate power. The mirror cap shapes vary between the three models that were pictures which is interesting. The roof rails are missing but the rear spoiler above the back light is still there.
It is a skill of BMW to make a profit from any model that they produce but the X5 M was even greater than expected. It saw off some great competition as well and so this model has great expectation as well.
The platform will be likely to be the F15 which is the solid one used for the X5 and so will be perfect for the M version of the car. It is expected that it will have a four wheel drive version which will be tweaked to give it extra performance capability. It is also likely to have lower suspension as well as being a bit stiffer so that the body motions are well controlled. Weight wise it is not expected that there will be a big difference perhaps just above 5300 pounds this time. It is also not thought that there will be any changes to the high speed stability or the over the road quietness.
There will be a 4.4 litre V8 engine powering it which will be turbocharged. This will be va[able of almost 600bhp and over 500 lb/ft torque. There will be an eight speed paddle shifted automatic gearbox. The powertrain will be an evolved version of the previous X5 M one which manahed 555bhp and 500lb/ft torque and was capable of 0-60mph in four seconds. The current X5 xDrive 50i can get to 60 in 4.3 seconds but has only 445 horsepower and 480 lb/ft torque and so the 2015 X5 M might be able to get to the high threes when getting up to a top speed and it could be cvapable of up to 174 mph, which is the same as most BMW cars.
The car will see competition from the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG, Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharges and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT. It is expected that it will cost from $90k and arrive late this year as a 2015 model.