The BMW X5 was BMW’s first SUV and was introduced in 1999. The X5 is offered in many trim levels including the xDrive30i, the xDrive35d, the xDrive48i, and the X5 M. It comes in a variety of engines including a 260 HP in-line six cylinder, a 4.8L V8 that develops 350 HP and 350 lb.-ft. of torque, and the 3.0L V6 twin-turbo diesel engine that produces 265 HP and more than 400lb.-ft. of torque. All engines are mated to a six speed automatic transmission.
BMW marked a landmark milestone recently when it celebrated its 1-millionth X5 SUV to ever be built. Car number 1,000,000 is a Black Sapphire 2011 BMW X5 xDrive 35i that comes with a Cinnamon Brown Nevada leather interior.
The milestone achievement happened at BMW’s plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This is the very same plant that first opened way back in 1994 and is also one of the first production plants opened by BMW in America. For the past 16 years, the Spartanburg production facility has been responsible for building over 1.6 million vehicles - and counting - with about 60% of all X5 SUVs exported all over the world being built there, including the one-millionth X5, which we found out will be brought to a customer in China.
If only that dude knew just how special his brand-new BMW X5 is. He should take utmost care of it so as to preserve the SUV’s value, which we assume that in a couple of years time, will become one of those cars that collectors would try to aggressively pursue.
For whatever reason, drag racing SUVs aren’t all that common in today’s world. Whether they’re a little too bulky or they just don’t make for good drag racers, SUVs have served far bigger purposes in our lives than for just the 12-second, quarter-mile thrill-ride.
That being said, when we do chance upon the rare sight that is a quarter-mile race between two high-powered SUVs, we certainly won’t miss the chance to see which one takes the cake and which one ends up whiffing on it. In this video, we have a BMW X5M taking on a Range Rover Sport Supercharged. Pretty even race, don’t you think?
Well, it was pretty even for a while before one of them decides to take-off, leaving the other one staring at the winner’s rear end. Care to venture a guess as to who crossed the quarter-mile first? Check it out and find out.
It’s the battle of the propeller blades as two BMWs duke it out for the ever so important bragging rights. With both coming from BMW’s legendary M division, the BMW M5 Touring tries to uppend a BMW X5M.
Both vehicles start off competitively, leading us to think that this race may go down to who lunges first. However, faster than we could say ’photo finish’, the BMW M5 Touring begins to stretch its legs and the 507 horsepower underneath its hood proves too much for the X5M, leaving it completely eating its dust. We don’t know how many car-lengths the X5 Touring won by, but it was big enough to assume that it was somewhere close to 30 yards.
Some say women are the worst drivers while others claim the elderly take the cake. In this situation, it’s both. A 62-year-old, Richmond Hill woman by the name of Tripta Kaushal pleaded guilty on Tuesday to an accident that happened over a year ago outside a gym in Markham. The video shows Kaushal driving her BMW X5 into a parking lot and pulling into a parking space. When she pulls in, you expect her to stop, but no, this overachiever continued the drive and rammed right up two vehicles parked in the adjacent spots. One might think she was receiving a phone call or maybe doing a bit of texting, but at 62, we highly doubt it. The reason behind the underestimation of her parking spot was left unsaid, but fleeing the scene cost her $500 and the ability to drive between 7pm and 7am. Kaushal was also ordered to pay restitution on the two vehicles damaged during her rendition of a Monster Truck Rally. Lucky for her, it seemed her BMW was left unharmed. Way to go, BMW!
Let’s just hope that this little lady thinks twice before getting behind the wheel. You never know, next time she may drive right through the front of a grocery store. Hmmm…we better start doing our shopping between 7pm and 7am.
BMW is going to explode into the New York Auto Show on April 2nd-11th, debuting 5 vehicles; 2011 BMW 5 series, 2011 BMW 335is Coupe and Convertible, 2011 BMW X5 SAV(making their North American debut), and 2011 BMW Alpina B7 xDrive (making its World debut). Something tells me that BMW has been working hard not to fall through the cracks as the likes of Mercedes and Lexus turn out vehicles of their own. The 2011 BMW 5 series alone competes with the 2011 Mercedes E550 and the 2010 Lexus LS460 even though BMW speeds right by them due to its V8 engine with a maximum output of 400hp.
Follow the jump for details on each of these models plus the press release.
Usually, all the Audi models have, at some point, an S and an RS version and since the Q5 has acquired some stiff competition with the BMW X5 and the BMW X5M, the company decided to offer more options of the Q5 for their customers.
The first to arrive on the market is the SQ5, a model inspired by the Q5 Custom Concept. It will arrive in 2011 and will be powered by a super-charged 3.0 liter V6 engine with a compressor comparable to Audi’s existing S4. This car will be delivering an output of 333 horsepower. While most of the car is the same with the standard Q5 version, a couple of striking differences between a standard Q5 and the SQ5 will include, among others, a new front and rear spoiler and a rear diffuser, quad exhaust and a chrome "S" grille.
The next step will be the RSQ5, a model powered by the same 3.0 TFSI V6 engine and will deliver 408 hp and 500 Nm of torque.
There is a soft spot in our hearts for BMW and with the SQ5 and the RSQ5 producing 333hp and 408hp, respectively, we stand strong on the 555hp produced by the BMW X5M. We can only hope that this new competition will lead BMW to an X3M model. If you happen to be an Audi lover, don’t worry, we will keep a lookout for any type of confirmation on these two new Audi models. Who knows, if they do debut, maybe it will get us to change our minds.
BMW has officially announced the details of their new M Sports package for the X5 SUV with the new package will be available for order starting this spring.
Similar to what we’ve been accustomed to with BMW and its M Division, the new M Sports package for the BMW X5 comes with a high-speed setting and the sporty chassis, a set of 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design and with a set of 20-inch M light-alloy wheels being offered as an option, special tailpipes for the exhaust system and Carbon Black metallic paint. All of these features are exclusively offered for this package.
Not to be left behind, the M-Series X5’s interior was also given some pampering in the form of sports seats for the driver and front passenger, the M leather steering wheel and the M driver’s footrest, brushed aluminium interior trim elements and a BMW Individual roof liner in anthracite.
BMW unveiled today the new X5 SUV, a model that comes with entirely revised range of engines and concise design modifications. At the exterior the new X5 gets larger side air intakes at the front and an increased proportion of surfaces painted in body color, reshaped rear bumper and the tailpipe surrounds, dual round headlamps with optional Xenon lights, fitted with LED corona.
The biggest changes are made under the hood: a choice of V8 and a straight six-cylinder, all featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and direct fuel injection and and equipped with an eight-speedautomatic transmission as standard.
The model line-up include: BMW X5 xDrive50i powered by a V8 petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo and direct injection that delivers a total of 407 bhp at 5,500 – 6,400 rpm. It makes the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph. The next model in the line-up is BMW X5 xDrive35i powered by a Straight six-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo and direct injection and a total output of 306 bhp at 5,800 rpm. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph in this version is made in 6.8 seconds, and top speed is 146 mph.
The first diesel model is BMW X5 xDrive40d powered by a Straight six-cylinder diesel engine with aluminium crankcase, BMW TwinPower Turbo and Common Rail direct injection that delivers a total of 306 bhp at 4,400 rpm. It makes the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, while top speed is also 146 mph.
And finally there is the X5 xDrive30d powered by a straight six-cylinder diesel engine with aluminium crankcase, turbocharger with variable turbine geometry and Common Rail direct injection with a total output of 245 bhp at 4,000 rpm and a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 7.6 seconds; top speed in this case is 137 mph.
BMW revealed something that might be called "an educational video". They actually have an instruction teaching what do in case you lose control of your car on the snow. Oh, did we mentioned he does it in a BMW X6 M? There is also a BMW X5 M having fun out there!
Every so often an occasion comes along that requires taking the time to come up with something special enough to commemorate the celebration. Well in honor of their quarter of a century in existence, the German tuning firm G-Power has unveiled a special edition BMW X5 to celebrate their 25th anniversary based on their Typhoon appearance package for the sports activity vehicle called Black Pearl. On the outside you will find the same familiar aggressive front bumper with its oversized air intakes and LED driving lights, wide body fenders, vented hood and and low hanging ground effects package. Out back a G-POWER stainless steel sport muffler pokes out from the new diffuser while a set of staggered G-POWER Silverstone aluminum alloys measuring an impressive 23 inches in diameter round out the exterior upgrades.
What makes the Black Pearl unique is the specially developed G-POWER SK III RS supercharger kit that motivates the 4.8 Liter BMW V8 to make a total of 625 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. The newfound boost in output allows the Black Pearl to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 186 MPH, figures that would make a sports car jealous.