BMW is renowned for pushing back automotive boundaries and the new BMW X5 M and X6 M are two models that set a new benchmark.

Never before has the lineup offered such 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 are a journey into new territory for BMW, while the twin-turbocharged 555 hp V8 engine heralds the launch of the most powerful road-going M car the company has ever launched.

The new range flagships to the X5 and X6 portfolio are both powered by the same 4,395cc twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing a maximum power output of 555 hp at 6,000 rpm.

Such prodigious performance equates to a zero-100 km/h time of 4.7 seconds, comparable to the critically acclaimed BMW M3.

In a world first for an M badged vehicle, both the turbochargers and the catalytic converter are located within the vee of the powerplant. This arrangement results in an engine that breathes better and operates at a higher efficiency due to the shorter exit manifold.

It also results in better packaging as the unit is more compact.

The 4.4-litre engine features High Precision Direct Injection technology with piezo crystals for the optimum in fuel efficiency and combustion characteristics. As a result the powerplant for both cars meets the latest stringent EU5 emissions regulations.

Transmitting the power to the road in the X5 M and the X6 M is a drivetrain incorporating a new six-speed M Sport Automatic transmission, the class-leading xDrive four-wheel drive system and dynamic performance control, all refined by M GmbH engineers to suit the new high performance vehicles.

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