lb-ft @ 1500 - 5650 rpm
126.1 hp per liter
(from BMW Press
Release) High Performance Re-Defined:The BMW X6 M.
Now the discerning customer has the opportunity to enjoy the unique
high-performance character of a BMW M car also in the segment of BMW
X models: The BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M are the first
all-wheel-drive models to offer the supreme performance, dynamic
driving features, athletic design, and premium quality of a typical
BMW M Car.
Both models are powered
by a newly developed V8 high-performance engine delivering 408
kW/555 hp at an engine speed range between of 6,000 rpm from an
engine capacity of 4,395 cc. The new M TwinPower Turbo engine is
indeed the world’s first power unit with a common exhaust manifold
encompassing both rows of cylinders and featuring Twin Scroll Twin
BMW’s intelligent xDrive
all-wheel-drive system is naturally geared to the specific power and
performance characteristics of the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M, just
like Dynamic Performance Control also standard on both models.
Interacting with the cars’ special M suspension including Adaptive
Drive and the newly developed Servotronic power steering, this
ensures the driving behaviour so characteristic of a BMW M Car,
combining unique driving stability with precisely controlled
steering qualities all the way to the highest level of driving
The BMW X5 M and the BMW
X6 M set new standards in this segment of high-performance models in
terms of acceleration, lateral dynamics, steering behaviour,
stopping power, and efficiency. Both models accelerate to 100 km/h
from a standstill in 4.7 seconds and stand out not only through the
truly impressive delivery of power by the V8 turbo engine providing
maximum torque of 680 Newton-metres or 501 lb-ft in the broad speed
range between 1,500 and 5, 650 rpm, but also through the likewise
smooth and consistent build-up of lateral forces meeting the highest
requirements and the most dynamic level of performance in bends.
The exclusive character
of both the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M results to a large extent from
a level of driving performance never seen before even in this
particular segment. Both models offer the ultimate in their segment
in every respect, providing performance and dynamic driving reserves
quite unique versus the competition and ensuring an experience of
unlimited supremacy in everyday traffic.
Design: features typical of BMW M
for supreme dynamics and exclusivity.
The truly outstanding
potential of both models comes out clearly in their looks and
design, their joint DNA borne out by supreme performance on the road
presented convincingly by the common design of the front end with
its large air intakes.
The engine compartment
lid, the front air dam and the headlight graphics carried over from
the BMW X6 are identical in both cases. The proportions of the two
cars, on the other hand, clearly differ through the variability of
the BMW X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle as opposed to the dynamic
qualities of the BMW X6 M Sports Activity Coupé.
Both the BMW X5 M and
the BMW X6 M feature special gill intakes in the front side panels
tailored to each model as well as individually designed 20-inch
The signs of distinction
so typical of BMW M are likewise presented in individual style at
the rear, in both cases confirming the outstanding dynamism of each
model: The rear air dam on the BMW X6 M demonstrates particularly
powerful presence, while the two dual tailpipes in the exhaust
system surrounded in both cases by the rear air dam are again
typical of BMW’s M philosophy.
Compared with the
“regular” BMW X5 and the BMW X6, the share of black plastic surfaces
around the lower section of the body is reduced on both new models,
giving even greater emphasis to the road going-orientation of the
BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M. Particularly the body elements fulfilling
major functions in terms of aerodynamics and the flow of cooling air
are clearly accentuated on both models.
Beyond these common features, both of these all-wheel-drive
high-performance sports cars stand out clearly as unique models in
their own right: The BMW X5 M clearly boasts its superior power and
exclusivity at very first sight, while the BMW X6 M, in its unique
design, alludes to fascinating driving dynamics and the car’s
The M TwinPower Turbo: Twin Scroll
Twin Turbo Technology with a joint exhaust manifold for both rows of
cylinders making its debut in the market.
Power and performance
typical of BMW M is delivered by the power unit in both the BMW X5 M
and the BMW X6 M by a new design and construction principle: The new
M TwinPower Turbo with Twin Scroll Twin Turbo Technology and the
exhaust manifold extending over both rows of cylinders patented by
BMW offer absolutely extreme response and spontaneity, a linear
build-up of engine power, and an unusually consistent torque curve.
The two turbochargers
are positioned together with the catalytic converters in the
V-section between the two rows of cylinders. The position of the
intake and exhaust ducts provided in this way serves to reduce the
length of the pipes and manifolds and increase their cross-section,
with pressure losses on the exhaust side being significantly
minimised in the process.
The joint flow of
exhaust gas provided by the common manifold system connecting two
cylinders at a time also ensures optimum gas throughput. The
separation of exhaust flow is continued until the exhaust gas
reaches the turbine wheel, building up ongoing pressure on the two
Twin Scroll Turbochargers not impaired by any kind of
With maximum charge
pressure amounting to 1.5 bar, the use of Twin Scroll Twin Turbo
Technology with its inter-cylinder exhaust manifold makes unique use
of the turbocharging potential.
response to the gas pedal and truly exceptional pulling force from
the engine starting at low speeds and continuing consistently to the
highest load level characterise the new M TwinPower Turbo from BMW M
GmbH. The truly impressive development of power ensured in this way
is accompanied by fascinating engine sound accentuating the
fast-revving engine characteristics and the linear build-up of power
by a supreme acoustic effect typical of a BMW M Car.
Reflecting the superior
power of the engine, the V8 power unit comes with a cooling system
developed specifically for the two new models. One special feature
in this context is the indirect intercooling effect serving to
optimise performance under particularly dynamic driving conditions.
The new M TwinPower
Turbo develops its outstanding output and performance with equally
outstanding efficiency. In addition to direct -High Precision
Injection, both the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M are equipped with a
wide range of technologies from BMW ¬EfficientDynamics. Apart from
Brake Energy Regeneration, these also include on-demand control of
the electrical fuel pump, a detectable a/c compressor, as well as a
volume flow-controlled supply of hydraulic fluid to the anti-roll
system also operating specifically on demand.
Both models offer
average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 13.9 litres/ 100
kilometres, equal to 20.3 mpg imp. Their CO2 rating is 325 grams per
kilometre. And last but not least, the engine naturally fulfils all
the requirements of the US LEV II standard as well as the EU5
requirements in Europe.
M Sports Automatic with electronic
gear selector lever
and shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Featured for the first
time on a BMW M Model, the six-speed automatic transmission enhances
the high-performance character of the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M
through its spontaneous gearshift, direct connection to the engine,
and the high standard of shift comfort. The new M Sports Automatic
is controlled by an electronic gear selector lever on the centre
console and offers the driver not only the D Mode, but also an S and
M Mode for an even more sporting gearshift.
paddles on the steering wheel exclusive to BMW M allow a manual
gearshift significantly shortening gearshift times by the new
technology reducing torque in the transmission through the
deactivation of individual cylinders.
enhances the sporting character of the car, the gear in mesh being
held in position in the M Mode up to maximum engine speed in order
to give the driver optimum control of his vehicle also under the
most dynamic driving conditions. In other words, the transmission
does not shift up automatically at a certain engine speed in this
A further option in the
M Mode is to activate the Launch Control function enabling the
driver to accelerate from a standstill with maximum performance:
With the driver pressing the gas pedal fully down, M Sports
Automatic shifts gears automatically at the ideal point and with
optimum wheel spin control. An aluminium oil sump again exclusive to
BMW M with a special finned or ribbed structure on the surface
guarantees optimum cooling at all times even with an extremely
sporting style of motoring.
BMW xDrive and Dynamic Performance
with a special set-up for optimum dynamics.
The outstanding success
of BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology is based on
the fact that the system not only improves traction on rough
terrain, but also enhances driving dynamics on the road.
Electronically controlled, variable power distribution to the front
and rear axle prevents even the slightest tendency to over- or
understeer right from the start, before DSC Dynamic Stability
Control is even required to cut in.
Control presented for the first time in the BMW X6 and now featured
also in the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M enhances driving stability in
demanding situations. Variable distribution of drive power between
the right and left rear wheel significantly improves steering
precision and tracking stability at all speeds, with DSC being
required to stabilise the vehicle only under high lateral
Ultimately this offers
the driver an unparalleled standard of dynamic performance, agility
and traction re-defining all existing benchmarks in drivetrain and
In the BMW X5 M and the
BMW X6 M the potentials of both systems are again used in that
special style of BMW M, with the driver able to activate the M
Dynamic Mode (MDM) by means of the DSC button on the centre console.
This mode raises the DSC control thresholds for intervention in the
brakes and the reduction of engine power and ensures the steering
behaviour typical of BMW M by shifting the xDrive control features
more to the rear wheels and interacting with Dynamic Performance
Control in the process.
As a result, MDM allows
maximum speeds in bends and on winding roads with the system cutting
in very late when the vehicle reaches the absolute limit. Even under
maximum load in the apex of a bend, therefore, the vehicle follows
the steering with utmost precision, giving the driver very high
speed when leaving the bend in the interest of optimum performance.
And last but not least, the DSC-Off Mode may be activated at the
touch of a button.
Special M suspension with Adaptive
Drive featured as standard.
The suspension developed
specifically for the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M with its double-track
control arm front axle and Integral IV rear axle offers M-specific
elastokinematics thanks to stiffer track control arm mounts and
hydraulic tiebar mounts at the front as well as stiffer axle support
mounts at the rear.
Both models come as
standard with air suspension featuring self-levelling on the rear
axle as well as Adaptive Drive with electronically controlled
dampers (EDC) and active anti-roll stability. The special version of
Adaptive Drive tailored to the requirements of BMW M also serves to
lower the entire vehicle by 10 millimetres or 0.39" versus the
“regular” BMW X5 and BMW X6 and incor¬porates stiffer carrier
springs, modified auxiliary springs, three-way support mounts and
damper control with reinforced connection to the body.
The special Servotronic
steering developed for the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M provides
individual steering assistance geared to the actual road speed of
the vehicle. This allows comfortable parking manoeuvres with lower
operating forces as well as exact feedback and a high standard of
steering precision at higher speeds.
The degree of power
assistance is defined by two control maps. Apart from the standard
configuration, the driver is able, through the EDC and,
respectively, the M Drive button, to call up the Sports Mode
activating an uncompromisingly sporting control map with higher
control forces for particularly dynamic driving conditions.
Changing from the Normal
to the Sports Mode, the system alters not only the Servotronic
control map, but also the damper setting, with the connection of the
dampers to the body of the vehicle being significantly reinforced in
the Sports Mode. In conjunction with anti-roll stability this allows
an exceptionally high standard of linear lateral forces in dynamic
bends and on fast, winding roads.
The high-performance brake system guarantees supreme stopping power
and high resistance to fading under all conditions. The brakes come
with four-piston fixed callipers at the front and swing callipers at
the rear, combined in each case with inner-vented lightweight brake
The BMW X5 M and the BMW
X6 M are the only vehicles in their segment to come as standard with
different-sized tyres front and rear, running in each case on
20-inch light-alloy rims. The choice of 275/40 R 20 tyres at the
front and 315/35 R 20 tyres at the rear is a further result of the
special set-up characteristic of both models, with the emphasis on
rear-wheel power. The choice of this combination of tyre sizes ideal
in terms of driving dynamics promotes both the exceptionally good
transmission of power to the rear axle and the precise, exactly
dosed steering behaviour of both models.
Dynamic performance according to
the driver’s personal choice and available
at the touch of a button: the M Drive button on the steering wheel.
Apart from the DSC Mode
and the specific set-up of both the dampers and the steering, the
driver is also able to configure the set-up of the drivetrain on the
BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M according to his personal requirements.
Activating the Power Mode which influences both engine and
transmission control, the driver has the choice of both the Sports
and Efficiency driving programs.
The Sports program
allows precise dosage of engine power also under the most dynamic
driving conditions specifically through the linear build-up of the
The Efficiency program,
in turn, shifts up gears at an early point in time not only to
significantly reduce fuel consumption under practical driving
conditions, but also to allow a relaxed style of motoring using the
supreme torque and pulling force of the engine available from low
engine speeds. The result, therefore, is an ideal combination of
efficient motoring and supreme driving qualities.
In the M Drive menu the
driver is able to pre-configure both the Power Mode and the set-up
of DSC and EDC, the combination of settings chosen providing the
set-up preferred by the driver under all conditions. The driver is
even able to save his favourite set-up and subsequently retrieve it
at any time simply by pressing the M Drive button on the steering
The M Drive menu is yet
another specific M feature supplementing the vehicle, infotainment,
navigation, air conditioning and communication functions already
controlled by BMW iDrive. Both the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M are
equipped with the latest generation of iDrive and come as an option
with a Head-Up Display again specific to BMW M. Indeed, this
function even enables the driver to vary the type and scope of the
data projected on to the windscreen in accordance with the M Drive
M-specific cockpit and
sophisticated driver assistance systems
for even greater supremacy at the wheel.
The philosophy so
typical of BMW M naturally continues into the design and
configuration of the driver’s “workplace”: Both of these
all-wheel-drive high-performance sports cars come with a special M
cockpit with the instrument cluster featuring a variable pre-warning
field in the rev counter, specific vehicle function displays, and
white display illumination. And both the BMW X5 M as well as the BMW
X6 M boast M seats and an M leather steering wheel.
The driver’s superior
style of motoring is enhanced additionally by innovative driver
assistance systems, both models fitted as standard with cruise
control incorporating its own brake function. The wide range of
optional features, in turn, includes Adaptive Headlights and a
Supplementing BMW Park Distance Control naturally featured as
standard, there is also an optional back-up camera including its own
very special Top View function.
The wide range of
standard features includes electrical seat adjustment complete with
a memory function and seat heating at the front, two-zone automatic
air conditioning, extended Merino leather, a HiFi audio system with
12 loudspeakers and 230 Watt amplifier output, M entry trim, an M
footrest, interior trim in brushed Aluminium Shadow on both models
as well as a BMW Individual instrument panel finished in leather and
automatic operation of the tailgate on the BMW X6 M. The optional
comfort features available on both the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M
include BMW’s Professional navigation system, four-zone automatic
air conditioning, active seat ventilation, full leather upholstery
in Merino leather, a panorama glass roof on the BMW X5 M and an
electrically operated glass roof on the BMW X6 M as well as the BMW
Individual High End audio system.