BMW outs 3rd gen X5 M and X6 M Sports Activity Vehicles

BMW has rolled out the 3rd generation of the track-capable X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and the X6 M Sports Activity Coupe. Both vehicles use the same engine with a high-revving S63 V8 that has twin-turbos and generates 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque.BMW says that is an increase of 33 hp compared to the second-gen models. Both are offered in Competition models that offer 617 hp and 555 lb-ft of torque. The standard X5 M and X6 M vehicles can reach 60 mph in 3.8 seconds with the Competition models reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds.

Top speed for the standard X5 M and X6 M is 155 mph with the optional M Driver's package upping that to 177 mph. Buyers get an invite to a driver training school if they opt for the M Driver's Package. The dual-branch exhaust system was designed specifically for the vehicles and has a pair of 100mm tailpipes with electronically-controlled flaps.

The flaps allow the exhaust note to be controlled via an M sound control button on the center console. Competition models get a standard M Sport Exhaust with a sportier sound. Both cars use an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with manual and automatic shift modes.

M xDrive all-wheel-drive with an Active M differential helps the vehicles to get good traction, and the AWD system is rear-wheel biased. The vehicles feature Adaptive M suspension Profesional with Active Roll Stabilization. The system uses data about the road gathered from sensors and adjusts itself to deliver the best performance. BMW fits the cars with special brakes with dual pedal feel settings. BMW hasn't announced the price or exact availability for the vehicles.