Power to the peo­ple

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - PAUL GOVER

POWER of a dif­fer­ent kind will en­sure the go-faster BMW X5 M comes to Aus­tralia. Its twin-turbo V8 makes more than 400kW, but it’s the fam­ily power of the X5 Mwhich means it will join the sportier X6 MDown Un­der.

The X5 Mo­rig­i­nally was ruled out but, with dozens of po­ten­tial buy­ers storm­ing show­rooms, BMW Aus­tralia has changed its mind.

The car will be sold in very lim­ited num­bers, with the first ex­pected in Jan­uary, a month af­ter the X6 M. To­tal de­liv­er­ies next year will only be about 100, com­pared with reg­u­lar X5 sales of 1358 in the first half of this year.

Pric­ing will not be con­firmed for some time, but the bot­tom line is likely to open around the $180,000 mark, a lit­tle be­low the X6 M.

The me­chan­i­cal pack­age of the five-door wagon is iden­ti­cal to the X6 M, in­clud­ing the M-spe­cific en­gine, larger wheels, tyres and brakes, plus the in­evitable body tweak­ing, in­clud­ing a deeper front spoiler and leather trim. The X5 Mwas con­firmed last week. Manag­ing di­rec­tor of BMW Group Aus­tralia, Stavros Yal­louridis, says: ‘‘Since we an­nounced the X6 Mwas com­ing, dealers have taken sev­eral or­ders. Not wish­ing to be left out of the action, BMW has also re­ceived re­quests from buy­ers in­ter­ested in the X5 M.

‘‘Now that our busi­ness case for the X5 Mis com­plete, we are in a po­si­tion to meet the de­sires of th­ese cus­tomers.’’

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