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BMW launches ultra-high performance X5 M and X6 M off-roaders

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If there are two classes of car that sit at opposite ends of the spectrum, it has to be supercars and off-roaders. However, these are exactly the two sets of attributes that BMW is attempting to blend in its extremely powerful new 4x4s.

The German carmaker has just announced the release of ultra-high performance versions of its X5 off-roader and X6 coupe off-roader. Both of these models are powered by a 4.4-litre V8 engine that is boosted by two turbochargers to produce a huge 567bhp. As a result of this muscular engine, these behemoths can sprint from a standstill to 62mph in a scant 4.2 seconds – fast enough to beat a Porsche 911 Carrera S from the lights.

Thankfully BMW has seen fit to suitably beef up the wheels, brakes and suspension in these models to deal with the added muscle. The cars also feature a newly developed eight-speed automatic gearbox along with bespoke styling inside and out, including four tailpipes and 20-inch alloy wheels, to leave passersby in no doubt that these are potent vehicles.

Power stands at 10 per cent above the previous generation models, while fuel consumption has fallen by 20 per cent, though claimed economy of just 25.4mpg means that trips to the pumps will still be both regular and expensive.

With four-wheel drive and raised ride height these models offer a nod towards off-road ability, though both cars feature lowered suspension compared to standard models and are likely to spend 99.9 per cent of their lives on tarmac. Both feature lots of equipment including an electric driver’s seat, heated front seats, sat nav, a heads up display and a 20GB hard drive for storing music digitally in the car.

The new BMW X5 M and X6 M will arrive in dealerships in April 2015, with prices starting from £90,170 and £93,070 respectively.


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