BMW has contributed two brand new models to the Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) and Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segments. The two cars have all the superb characteristics of the models in the BMW X family- robustness, uniqueness and agility.
Under the hood of BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is present M TwinPower Turbo engine. This magnificent piece of tech is the mightiest engine ever created by the company. The result of this innovation is totally amazing, with the cars being able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/hr in a matter of 4.2 seconds. They are capable of hitting the top speed of 250 km/hr. To add to this top-notch mechanics, the car makers have added TwinScroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, cross-bank exhaust manifolds and VALVETRONIC as well. The 4.4 liter V8 engine impresses the customers with a whopping 575 HP that is attainable between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm.
The power output is greater by 4% when compared to the predecessors. Another change is the increase of the torque output by 10%, the new figure being 70 Nm. If this isn’t enough, customers can enjoy 750 Nm within the range 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. The carmakers have further enhanced the fuel economy and cut down the emissions as well. The combined fuel consumption of BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is 11.1 liters per 100 km. This figure was 13.9 liter in the previous models. Hence, the consumption has been cut down by about 20%. The CO2 emissions too have been lowered by 20% and amount to 258 g/km (combined for both models).
The Dynamic Performance Control and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive have made possible excellent dynamics in these two models. Dynamic Performance Control, the driving dynamics system, ensures that the drive is well distributed between the rear wheels. Whereas the xDrive wheel drive system uses an electronically controlled multiplate clutch. This ensures that the distribution of drive between the front and rear axles is completely variable. It ranges from 100 per cent in the rear to about 100 per cent in the front. This makes possible the best traction, and that too in all road conditions. For improved agility, xDrive has a rear-biased basic set-up for both the models.
The combination of Dynamic Performance Control and the xDrive system results in great agility, traction and dynamic flair. With such technology, drivers can enjoy a more effortless driving. The car accurately follows the course set by the driver- no matter how the surface of the road is. Moreover, such technology attempts to reduce the wheel work supposed to be done by the driver. This is because the response by the steering is quicker. It also eliminates the tendency of understeer, present in all-wheel-drive vehicles. Also, an improved traction can be experienced, especially on the road surfaces that have differing friction levels. This is definitely a significant improvement in safety. To add to it, the driver can view the operation of Dynamic Performance Control on a display. Each of the four wheels is represented by an arrow and the driver can easily follow the channeling of the engine power to the four wheels.
Yet another splendid technical aspect is the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). The control functions are now much better than those in the previous versions of DSC. Such enhancement is another step toward superb driving dynamics. Several functions have been added to make the passengers feel even safer- Brake Standby, Fading Compensation and Brake Drying. Also present are facilities that provide the customers with comfort at its best- other than Start-Off Assistant, the cars have parking brake present along with automatic hold function.
With Dynamic Stability Control the driver has three modes at disposal- DSC on, DSC off and M Dynamic Mode. The function of DSC on is to understeer and oversteer effectively. The car runs in DSC off mode when DSC is deactivated. This mode enables the driver to dive deeper into the dynamics of the car. The driver can use the accelerator to push the car into power oversteer, that is drift. In DSC off mode, the control system will introduce brake inputs only in extreme situations. For example, when significant shifts are involved in lateral acceleration. The third mode- M Dynamic Mode or MDM, lets the driver execute mild drifts. In case a predefined dynamic limit is exceeded, the driver aids will come into play for assisting the driver.
The difference between the looks of BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is realized when the two models are viewed from their sides. The former has a longer roofline, looks more upright and the window surfaces are larger. X6 has a glasshouse that is gently curved and the roofline also slopes gently. The two models share the same twin-stalk exterior mirrors, present along with integral side indicators. The display for the lane change assistant is optional. Buyers have two options- 21 inch M-light alloy wheels or 20 inch M-specific alloy wheels with mixed tyres.
Inside, the cabin features M instrument cluster and M leather steering wheel which has aluminium gearshift paddles and also M gearshift lever. The driver and front passenger can enjoy electrically operated M sports seats. In addition to the standard system, the Head-Up Display is present which includes an M-specific display along with gear indicator shift lights and rev band. Buyers have choices in the interior too- M multifunction and Merino full-leather trim seats.