When BMW released the original X5 M, there simply wasn’t anything else like it. Created by BMW’s renown M division, the X5 M united its popular SUV with a beast of an engine. That’s still the case for 2020, but the folks at the car dealer near San Luis Obispo tell us the engine now has even more power than before.
Transmission duties are handled by an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic gearbox, which sends power to an M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Power is sent to the rear wheels until extra grip is needed; then power is sent to the front wheels as well. All models get a standard active sport differential.
The X5 M features a new brake-by-wire system that works in conjunction with 15.6-inch front rotors and rear single-piston calipers with 15-inch rotors. The brake setup features Comfort and Sport modes that adjust the feel of the pedal.
The X5 M gets additional bracing to increase the rigidity of the chassis. The X5 M is also heavier, lower and a bit wider than the original X5.
The X5 M gets standard 21-inch wheels, while the Competition trim gets a unique staggered wheel arrangement that uses 21-inch-wheels in the front and 22-inchers in the rear.
Standard interior features include iDrive 7 and Live Cockpit on two 12.3-inch displays and a configurable head-up display. The Competition features a Track setting designed for use on closed circuits, a full leather interior, an M Sport exhaust system, M-branded seatbelts and blacked-out exterior trim.