Starting with the X5 M Competition, the exterior design highlights include M-specific gloss black Kidney Grille with double bars, large air intakes with Track-ready cooling system, M gills on the side, body-colored wheel arch extensions, aerodynamically optimized exterior mirrors, roof spoiler, M exhaust system, and M light-alloy wheels measuring 21-inch at the front and 22-inch at the rear.
The new X6 M Competition too gets a similar treatment as mentioned above and also gets a subtle rear spoiler in addition to the roof spoiler. Both models get M compound brakes with discs measuring 395 mm at the front with 6-piston fixed calipers and 380 mm at the rear with single-piston floating calipers. A special paint called Urban Green metallic joins the color charts.
Interiors too are typical of the other Competition models that we saw not too long ago. Highlights include M leather steering wheel with red M1/M2 buttons, BMW Live Cockpit Professional with M-specific displays in the instrument cluster, a standard Head-Up Display, fine-grain Merino leather-trimmed dashboard, M selector lever, M multifunction seats with hexagonal quilting, and Alcantara headliner.
Options include BMW Laserlight with a high-beam range up to 500 metres (Adaptive LED headlights are standard), BMW Display Key, wireless smartphone charging, Sky Lounge panoramic glass sunroof, Ambient Air package, rear-seat entertainment system, and Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System.
The high-performance SUVs also get M-specific adaptive suspension and active roll stabilization system. The driver can alter the damper setup with Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus modes. In addition, the M Servotronic steering (with variable ratio) gets two steering response settings that can be selected at the push of a button to enhance either comfort or precision in dynamic handling situations.
Optional driver assistance systems include Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Night Vision system, Lane Change Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Collision Prevention. The Driving Assistant Professional package adds a number of features, such as the Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection, Lane Change Assistant, Evasion Assistant, Emergency Stop Assistant, Crossroads warning, Wrong-way warning, and Front Cross Traffic Alert systems.
Parking Assistant comes as standard and so are the Active Park Distance Control, a rearview camera, and Reversing Assistant. Buyers can opt for Parking Assistant Plus, featuring the Top View, Panorama View, 3D Top View and Remote 3D View functions.
All four models are powered by a 4.4-litre (4,395 cc) V8 twin-turbo petrol engine, paired to an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission that sends power to all four wheels via rear-biased xDrive AWD system. The cars also get Active M Differential at the rear.
In the X5 M and X6 M, the engine is tuned to produce 441 kW (600 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque between 1,800-5,600 rpm. The Competition models on the other side get 460 kW (625 hp) at 6,000 rpm and the same 750 Nm of torque between 1,800-5,800 rpm, which is 200 rpm more.
The X5 M and the X6 M are claimed to sprint from 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds while the Competition models take 0.1 seconds less. The top speed, however, is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), which can be upgraded to 290 km/h (180 mph) with the optional M Driver’s Package.