The 2024 BMW X5 (and by extension the X6) looks pretty promising. It skips BMW’s newest tradition of confrontational styling accents on the exterior, which is a good thing. And inside, it’s downright pretty with its large curved screen. Performance looks good too, with the M60i peaking at 523bhp, but BMW didn’t want to stop there, of course. Take part in the BMW X5M Competition and X6M Competition 2024.
As you might expect, the M Division took the already flavorful X5 and X6 and cranked them up to the full Alfred Molina in Boogie Nights spec, while dropping the non-competition versions entirely.
At the heart of the X5M Competition and X6M Competition is a new (similar) turbocharged mild hybrid V8 engine that produces a claimed 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. BMW calls this the S68, and if that sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the same unit used in the flagship XM SUV. That engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic, and the 48-volt hybrid bits are recessed into the transmission, which is cool.
Being an M version of a regular BMW product, most of the chassis is similar to the base X5 and X6, with retuned dampers, different wishbones and different alignment. BMW claims rear torsional rigidity has been improved over the non-M vehicles, which should make for a more predictable driving experience. BMW has also optimized the steering gear for the M versions.
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Braking is important in any car, but it’s even more important in a 600+ horsepower SUV. To avoid any surprises in this area, BMW M has chosen to equip the X5M and X6M with six-piston front calipers with 15.6-inch perforated discs at the front and single-piston floating-piston calipers with 15.0-inch discs at the rear.
Styling for the X5M and X6M is typical of the M versions of things: take the regular car and make it more aggressive, add blacked-out trim and meaner-looking wheels. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, right?
The 2024 BMW X5M Competition and X6M Competition will begin production in April in South Carolina and will retail at a starting price of $123,295 for the X5M and $128,195 for the X6M, both including a $995 destination fee -Dollar.