Sports car by day, fam­ily car by night: BMW’s X5 M SUV hits town, writes NICK DAL­TON.

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ANORTH­ERN Beaches cou­ple is the first in the Far North to take de­liv­ery of BMW’s au­to­bahn­storm­ing X5 M SUV. The grand daddy of the mar­que’s SUVs musters more than 400kW and can see off HSVs, some Porsches and other sports cars, yet weighs a hefty 2.3 tonnes. It will mainly be driven by the Trin­ity Park busi­ness­man’s wife.

Westco BMW sales man­ager Bren­dan Roberts said the cou­ple had cho­sen one in the colour of Mel­bourne Red and was fully op­tioned to an on-road price of $205,000. The ve­hi­cle starts from $176,990 and is one of the most ex­pen­sive and fastest SUVs avail­able.

Mr Roberts said the pro­fes­sional cou­ple, who live at Trin­ity Park, owned the pre­vi­ous shape X5 4.8is.

“They have told me how fan­tas­ti­cally the car han­dles for a big SUV,” he said. “He said he had driven some im­pres­sive cars over the years but noth­ing that came close to be­ing some­thing that can be a sports car by day and a fam­ily car by night so well.”

The 4.4-litre, twin-turbo, petrol V8 has 408kW of power and can reach the 100km/h speed limit of 4.7s and storm on to a top speed of 250km/h, elec­tron­i­cally limited.

Both ve­hi­cles re­turn of­fi­cial com­bined av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion of 14.3 litres per 100km and av­er­age CO2 emis­sions of 335 grams per kilo­me­tre.

The X5 M com­pares favourably with top-shelf per­for­mance SUVs from Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

While it is a 4WD you wouldn’t take it off road un­der any cir­cum­stances. It has low pro­file 20in tyres and uses the same un­der­pin­nings as the BMW X6M.

In ad­di­tion to the stan­dard spec­i­fi­ca­tion of the X5 48i, the X5 M of­fers an alarm sys­tem, Adap­tive Drive, M Drive, M Dy­namic Mode, M Sports six-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, M Ser­votronic steer­ing, au­to­matic tail­gate op­er­a­tion, Com­fort ac­cess, Dy­namic Per­for­mance Con­trol, 80mm chromed dual round out­board ex­haust out­lets, a black-barred kid­ney grille and 20in V-spoke M al­loy wheels.

The X5 M also adds BMW In­di­vid­ual high-gloss Shadow Line, Head-up dis­play, door sill fin­ish­ers with M des­ig­na­tion, BMW In­di­vid­ual an­thracite head­lin­ing, a Pro­fes­sional Hi-Fi sys­tem, brushed Alu­minium Shadow in­te­rior trim fin­ish­ers, driver and pas­sen­ger cen­tre con­sole knee pads and ex­tended Marino leather.

Round­ing out the ex­tras is metal­lic paint, an M leather steer­ing wheel, M front seats with heat­ing, M ex­te­rior mir­rors, a panoramic glass sun­roof, a USB/ au­dio in­ter­face and high-per­for­mance brak­ing sys­tem.

Im­pres­sive: BMW’s X5 M SUV has ar­rived in Cairns.

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