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The new BMW X5 M and X6 M

BMW announces the launch of the new BMW X5 M and X6 M, which have been designed to set new automotive boundaries. The marque offers powerful and dynamically capable vehicles in a four-wheel-drive package with a command driving position. As the first xDrive four-wheel-drive cars, the BMW X5 M and the X6 M offer new territory for BMW, while the twin-turbocharged 555hp V8 engine signals the launch of its most powerful road-going M car.

The new range X5 and X6 are both powered by the same 4,395cc twin turbocharged V8 engine producing a maximum power output of 555hp at 6,000rpm. This equates to a zero to 62mph time of 4.7 seconds and courtesy of twin-scroll twin-turbo technology, they have a peak torque of 680Nm from just 1,500rpm through to 5,650rpm.

The high performance is boosted by the turbochargers and the catalytic converter being located within the vee of the powerplant in the V8 engine. This arrangement helps the engine breathe and increases efficiency. The 4.4-litre engine features High Precision Direct Injection technology for the optimum in fuel efficiency and combustion characteristics. As a result the powerplant for both cars meets the latest stringent EU5 emissions regulations.

The models also feature a drivetrain with a new six-speed M Sport Automatic transmission, a four-wheel-drive system and Dynamic Performance Control. In addition, the M Sport Automatic transmission includes an electronic management system, to cater for the sporting demands of the vehicles.

Enhancing the package is the specification of Dynamic Performance Control, which diverts power to the driven wheels rather than brakes the spinning wheel.

Like every new BMW currently on sale, the X5 M and the X6 M come with elements of BMW’s award-winning EfficientDynamics programme fitted as standard. Brake Energy Regeneration, on-demand delivery of the air-conditioning and the volume flow control of the hydraulic fluid in the steering all serve to improve fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures.

The X5 M and X6 M customer can fine tune the chassis of their new vehicle for greater enjoyment. The customer can configure the Electronic Damper Control, Head-Up Display, Dynamic Stability Control setting and the degree of assistance from the Servotronic steering system, via the M Drive Manager. All of this electronic architecture is co-ordinated by the Integrated Chassis Management system, a highly advanced electronic brain.

The BMW X5 M and X6 M both feature a suspension set-up of a double wishbone front and a four control arm integral rear arm suspension. This arrangement allows for the best configuration for on-road performance for this style of vehicle.

The striking exterior design underscores the sporting potential of the car, while serving an aerodynamic function too. There are a number of key M design traits including a bespoke 20-inch light alloy wheels, M-badged side gills on the front wing, quad exhaust pipes and discreet badging.

The BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M go on sale 24 October, 2009. Prices will be announced at a later date.
 
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