The 2024 BMW X5 (and, by extension, X6) looks quite promising. It skips BMW’s recent tradition of confrontational exterior styling cues, which is a good thing. ONEAnd on the inside, it is simply handsome with its large curved screen. Performance looks good too, with a peak output of 523bhp from the M60i, but of course BMW wasn’t going to leave things there. Participate in the 2024 BMW X5M Competition and X6M Competition.
As you might expect, the M division has taken the already spicy X5 and X6 and cranked them up to full Alfred Molina in Boogie Nights spec, while dropping the non-competitive versions altogether.
At the heart of the X5M Competition and X6M Competition is a new(ish) mild hybrid turbocharged V8 engine that produces a claimed 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. BMW calls this the S68, and if it sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the same unit going in the flagship XM SUV. This engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic, and the 48-volt hybrid bits are shoehorned into the transmission, which is cool.
Being an M version of a regular BMW product is the most the chassis is similar to the base X5 and X6, with the addition of retuned dampers, different suspension arms and a different alignment. BMW claims that torsional stiffness at the rear has been improved over the non-M cars, which should make for a more predictable driving experience. BMW also fine-tuned the steering gear for the M versions.
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Braking is important in any car, but it’s even more important in a 600-plushorsepower heavy SUV. To ensure there are no surprises in this department, BMW M chose to equip the X5M and X6M with six-piston front calipers with 15.6-inch perforated front discs and single-floating piston calipers with 15.0-inch discs at the rear.
Styling for the X5M and X6M is typical of the M versions of things: take the regular car and make it more aggressive, adding blacked-out trim and mean wheels. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
The 2024 BMW X5M Competition and X6M Competition will begin production in South Carolina in April and sell for a starting price of $123,295 for the X5M and $128,195 for the X6M, both including a $995 destination charge.