Need a family hauler with some serious punch?
Remember how the latest generation BMW M5 manages 600 horsepower, and can hit 0-60 in around 3 seconds? Take that powertrain and plant it in two of the M Division’s latest crossovers, and you get the 2020 BMW X5 M and X6 M. Now, both cars are a bit slower in the 0-60 sprint than BMW’s super sedan, but not by much. Thanks to a 33 horsepower bump from the last-generation models, both cars accelerate to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds.
If that’s not enough power for you, you can always get the Competition models as well. The most powerful 2020 BMW X5 M or X6 M manages 617 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque from its 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8. That engine comes mated to an eight-speed and standard all-wheel drive, naturally. The M Driver’s Package ups the top speed to 177 mph from 155, as well as offers the owner some driver training at BMW’s performance driving school in South Carolina.
Against the standard BMW X5 and X6, the M and Competition models offer larger brakes, a tuned chassis and suspension components, stiffer engine mounts and even a Track drive mode for the X5 and X6 M Competition. Upgraded engine oil, transmission and turbocharger cooling help prepare the X5 M and X6 M for track duty.
Still loaded with technology
On the technology front, the 2020 BMW X5 M and X6 M still come loaded. Thinks like BMW’s Active Driving Assistant and the optional Driving Assistance Professional Package are still available here. That means you get things like blind spot detection, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, active cruise control and so on.
Do you really need all that tech and 617 horsepower in your family hauler? Not unless you dig some serious speed to go with your practicality. If that is your cup of tea, then expect to pay $106, 095 for the standard 2020 BMW X5 M. The Competition model, on the other hand, starts at $115,095. The BMW X6 M starts at $109,595, while the X6 M Competition will set you back $118,595. Both models will go on sale in Spring 2020.