BMW has launched the X5 M in India with prices starting from Rs 1.95 crore (ex-showroom, India). Powered by a 625hp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, it rivals the likes of the Audi RS Q8 and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo in India.
BMW has dropped a bomb of an SUV here in India today. BMW has launched the X5 M in India with prices starting from Rs 1.95 crore (ex-showroom, India). The Bavarian carmaker is already accepting bookings for the new performance SUV via its online retail platform. If you are booking the new X5 M before December 31, 2020, you will be entitled to receive a special benefit of an exclusive hospitality experience designed by the BMW Excellence Club.
BMW X5 M Engine and Performance
Now this being an M car, let’s start with what’s at the heart of this SUV. The BMW X5 M is powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that produces a mind boggling 625hp and 750Nm of torque. The engine comes mated to an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox and power is sent to all four wheels via BMW’s M xDrive all-wheel drive system. BMW claims this SUV can sprint from naught to 100kph in just 3.8 seconds. These numbers are right up there with the likes of the Audi RS Q8, the Lamborghini Urus and the Porsche Cayenne. Top-speed is however electronically limited to 250kph.
The credibility of the X5 M being an M car just does not lie under its hood. BMW has done some tampering elsewhere too. For instance, there are M-specific changes to the chassis, there’s new M-specific adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers and active roll stabilization system as well. Even the brakes have been upgraded with ‘M’ compound brakes. There are three driving modes to play with – Track, Sport and Road. Although we cannot think of anyone who would be taking a X5 M to the track. A couple of off-road modes would have been nicer. After all, its an SUV. Even the Lamborghini Urus has off-road modes.
BMW X5 M Design
In terms of design, the X5 M very clearly sets itself apart from the standard X5. The face is a lot more aggressive with a gloss-black, double bar M grille. The front bumper looks a lot more sporty with huge intakes and even an apron. There are M gills on the side and the aerodynamic double-arm wing mirrors particularly look very cool. The rear end also looks a lot more aggressive with a new bumper, twin exhaust pipes and a roof-mounted spoiler. The wheels too are ‘M’ light-alloy wheels with 21-inch wheels up front and 22-inch rims at the rear.
BMW X5 M Interiors and Features
On the inside, the cabin is mostly identical to the standard X5 but there definitely are some M-specific touches. That includes the M-Sports seats with a quilted design, some carbon-fiber trims around the cabin and a bespoke quilted design for the door pads as well. In terms of equipment, the X5 M continues with dual 12.3-inch displays for infotainment and instrumentation, wireless charging, panoramic sunroof, BMW gesture control, Harman Kardon surround sound system, four-zone climate and more. You can also additionally opt for a rear seat entertainment package and Bowers and Wilkins Diamond surround sound system.
Safety features on the X5 M include cruise control with braking function, collision and pedestrian warning with city braking function, adaptive LED headlights, BMW Head-Up Display (HUD), high beam assistant and parking assistant with reversing assistant, all as standard fitment.
The BMW X5 M rivals the likes of the Audi RS Q8 and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo in India. The Audi RS Q8 is priced at Rs 2.07 crore while the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is priced at Rs 1.92 crore. The X5 M comfortably sits between its rivals and is a formidable opponent to both the super-SUVs.