Power to the people
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.’’