BMW has announced that the current X5 and X6 models will undergo the German company's sporty M treatment, coinciding with the recent spate of fast off-roaders, including the Range Rover Sport SVR.
Both of BMW's new performance models are powered by a muscular new 4.4-litre V8 engine, complete with two turbochargers. Capable of churning out 575bhp, this is the most powerful engine ever developed by BMW for its four-wheel-drive vehicles and is linked to a newly developed eight-speed automatic transmission.
As a result of the immense power on tap, the X5 M and X6 M will both accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph in an impressive 4.2 seconds, despite their mammoth size and weight. However, in normal road driving these models are capable of 25.4mpg and return claimed CO2 emissions of 258 g/km – improvements of over 20 per cent compared to the previous models.
The cars' handling capabilities have also benefitted from the attentions of the BMW M division, while their interior and exterior designs blend sportiness, luxury and functionality, BMW claims.
Standard features on the new cars include adaptive suspension, cruise control with an automatic brake function, an array of stability control systems Including everything from brake drying to brake fade compensation, hill descent control, front and rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers.