Tuesday, December 23, 2008

SPY VIDEO (Sort Of): BMW Posts Official Video of Prototype Model of X5 M

The M version of the X5 has been an on-off story rumors ever since BMW introduced the first generation model of its mid-sized luxury SUV in 1999. Now, for the first time, BMW has admitted that it's working on the latest generation of X5, with M division tuning. They admitted that by releasing a an official video of the prototype model undergoing testing.

Video below shows the X5 M from the inside while driven on the Nürburgring. In addition, the tester talks about how BMW's M division is working on toughing this thing up. However, he didn't talk about the engine.

But reporters suggest that power will very likely come from either a 5.0L V10 with 507hp (found in the M5 and M6) or a 4.4L TwinTurbo V8 with around 400hp, found in the X6 xDrive50i.

When the X5 M comes out, it'll compete with high-performance luxury SUVs such as Porsche's Cayenne GTS, and Mercedes ML63 AMG. To make things even more challenging for competitors, BMW will also be releasing a X6 M along with the X5 M.

No word yet on when -and if- the BMW X5 M will find its way into production, but we expect to hit the roads in mid 2009.

Source : [BMW]

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