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