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BMW's latest X5 M heralds a new era of a powerful Sport Utility Vehicle engineered to withstand even the rigours of a racetrack.

13 Nov 2015

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The most unlikely place to drive an SUV is probably a racetrack.

Finely built with German precision it may be, the BMW X5 M is a large blob, tipping the scales of around 2.3 tonnes and riding twice as high as any proper sports car above the tarmac.

Just by the sheer type of body style, the SUV doesn't quite fit in this scenario at all.

Still, BMW's M division wants to prove a point here by showing us the versatility of this car at the Sepang International Circuit. How does it fare then?

Eye-catching wing mirrors also help with aerodynamics

Exterior


The latest BMW X5 M looks great and is clearly a progression from the previous generation, but with a more muscular and purposeful look.


As expected, the X5 M borrows most of its visual cues from the facelifted X5. These include revised headlamps and taillights, as well as minor tweaks on its sheet metal.

However, the M model can be easily distinguished from its regular sibling thanks to the more aggressive bumper design and the large intakes in the front, lower apron. Replete with ducting and scoops, it almost resembles something poised to run at Le Mans.

Around the back, the trademark BMW M quad exhaust pipe layout embedded in a revised, diffuser-like piece is another tell-tale sign that this is no normal X5.

Quad tail pipes hint at the car's V8 motor soundtrack

Car Information

This model is no longer being sold by local distributors

Price

: -

Engine Type

:

V8 TwinPower Turbocharged

Engine Cap

:

4395cc

Horsepower

:

429kW (575 bhp) / 6500 rpm

Torque

:

750 Nm / 5000 rpm

Transmission

:

8-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)

:

4.2sec

Top Speed

:

250km/h

Fuel consumption

:

9 km/L

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