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.

If you already have a BMW X5 and are drawing a blank as to what to ask your loved ones for this holiday season, BMW has just what you are looking for. The German automaker has just launched the new ‘BMW X5 Performance Accessories’ range for their luxury SUV. The ironic thing here is that, despite what its name suggests, this package doesn’t come with performance upgrades. Weird.

What it does come with are aesthetic and aerodynamic modifications for both the exterior and interior of the X5. For the exterior, the items include new front and rear bumpers and side skirts that were designed and tested at the BMW’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Munich. These items are fit to reduce aerodynamic drag and lift at high speeds, thereby improving the X5’s stability. They also serve as a pretty cool fashion statement. Speaking of fashion statements, BMW also included a set of black kidney grilles in their package to give the X5 an even more menacing look than what it already has.

As for the interior, the BMW Performance Accessories include upgrades on both the SUV’s steering wheel and pedal set. For the former, BMW Performance has a unique multi-function steering wheel that features a thick, racing-style, flattened lower rim that’s fully covered in hand-stitched Alcantara material. For the latter (the pedal set), BMW Performance has an aluminum pedal kit that includes a gas pedal, brake pedal, and footrest pedal, all of which were ergonomically crafted with aluminum featuring rubber inserts.

There you have it, folks. A nice new styling kit for theBMW X5 courtesy of, well, BMW. If you’re interested, you can inquire about these accessories at any authorized BMW Center where they’re set to go on sale later this month.

Press Release after the jump.

Hamann proved today that the X5 M can do more than originally stated by BMW . Granted, most automakers don’t push the envelope when developing the number of ponies under the hood of their SUVs, but that doesn’t mean that the owners won’t want to. That is why there is a place in the world for tuners such as Hamann. Their package, called the Flash Evo M develops an incredible 610 hp and a torque of 780 Nm. And that’s just the base kit.

A standard BMW X5 M gives out 555hp, but, with a little engine optimization and the elimination of the factory-installed Vmax restriction of 155mph, that can be taken to the previously mentioned 610hp making it that much more fantastic. If that’s still not enough then Hamann is also offering an HM 670 sports kit that will increase the power even further to 670hp and 950 Nm of torque.

The exterior package includes a striking front spoiler fitted with two or four integrated LED daytime running lights, large air intakes, a carbon bonnet, additional air inlets and outlets, side sill bars, a sport exhaust system with two central tailpipes integrated into the diffuser, and a carbon roof spoiler. Customers can choose from 22 or 23 inch light alloy wheels. For the interior, Hamann offers applique made of visible carbon fiber and a stainless steel sill plate with an illuminated HAMANN logo.

As pumped as we are about the transformation provided by Hamann, it’s actually not the best we have seen for this vehicle. G-Power’s recent work on the BMW X5 M left it packing 725hp. Then there’s the obligatory matte black exterior paint job that they felt they needed to slap onto to the Beamer. Based on power alone, G-Power takes the cake. If we were to add in looks then it would be a toss-up.

Press release after the jump.

There’s plenty of competition looming around in terms of tuning kits for the BMW X5 , such as the BMW X5 M Typhoon by G-Power and the upgrades provided by Superchips for various BMW models. Upgrades like these may be hard to compete with, but after completing the kit for the Maserati GranTurismo , Mansory had a little time on their hands to tackle the luxury SUV. Their attempt at jazzing up left it with both interior and exterior upgrades, plus a boost in the performance department.

The exterior package includes a very sporty front spoiler with big cooling air inlets, an extra light engine bonnet made entirely from carbon, new side skirts, a new roof spoiler made in carbon fiber, new back-spoilers with an integrated diffuser, and a sport exhaust system with four stainless-steel tailpipes. The exterior package is finished by silver monoblock cast wheels. The interior gets a newly designed sports steering wheel, leather, and carbon fiber inserts.

As for the engine, it has been upgraded to deliver a total of 670 hp and 950 Nm at a rate of 5900 Umin. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60mph made in only 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph. Unfortunately for Mansory, the boost in horsepower was nothing compared to the 725hp provided by G-Power. Maybe next time, Mansory.

Press release after the jump.

Okay, so we would like to start off with the fact that we were impressed when G-Power updated the BMW X5 M SUV last year with its Typhoon package. What we didn’t was that, not even a year later, G Power would modify that package and improve it by that much more. In its standard version the Typhoon package delivered a total of 600 HP, now the tuner has boosted the engine of the SUV to an impressive 725 HP.

Thanks to the enlarged air intakes in the front skirt and the outlet vents in the bonnet, there is an improved flow of cooling air to the radiator and oil cooler at the front of the vehicle, increasing cooling performance by around 15%. The result is an impressive 725 HP and 890 NM of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is now made in 4.2 seconds which is 0.3 seconds faster than the standard package. Top speed remains at 186mph just as it was in the earlier package.

G-Power is also offering a fully stainless steel G-POWER system, a set of sport catalytic converters, and a set of flow optimized G-POWER exhaust manifolds connecting the turbochargers. The interior gets an ergonomically designed sports steering wheel, a G-POWER speedometer, and fine carbon-fiber trim on the side panels, center console, and dashboard.

Press release after the jump.

A few days ago, we showed you a video of a BMW X5 attempting a barrel roll and failing miserably in doing so. There’s something to be said for an amateur trying to pull something like this off, the most important of which is ‘what the hell is he thinking?’

On the flip side, the rally driver of the BMW X5 in this video shows us how to save your ride from rolling over. All it took was the SUV coming perilously close to rolling over before the driver does some amazing steering wheel magic. It looks easy from watching it, but trust us, it’s easier to watch it than it is to do it in the heat of the moment.

The most awesome part is, the driver does it not once, but twice in a matter of seconds. That type of driving requires some serious skills and awareness of your surroundings to pull it off.

We don’t recommend anybody from attempting this stunt with their own cars, but in the event you find yourself in the same predicament, at least you’ll know how save your car from rolling over.

Source: You Tube

We’re curious to know if at any point before the driver of this BMW X5 decided to turn his SUV into a Dukes of Hazzard stunt car did he honestly think that he could successfully complete an airborne barrel roll without doing his car – and himself – any harm.

We’re wondering that because we can’t, for the life of us, comprehend how he could honestly think of pulling it off given the girth of the SUV he was driving. Then again, crazy nut jobs do crazy things and this guy certainly qualifies for somebody who’s got a few loose bolts in his head that certainly need a lot of tightening.

That being said, we still enjoyed watching the video – we do hope the driver didn’t suffer any injuries – only because idiotic stunts like this remind us that performing stunts with your own car usually doesn’t end well for all parties involved.

Source: You Tube

British tuner, Superchips, has decided that diesel engines can be just as much fun as their petrol counterparts, so they decided to do a little reconfiguring for BMW’s 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that powers models like the BMW 3-Series , 5-Series , 7-Series , X5 , and X6 .

Superchips was able to increase the power of the diesel engine by 44hp at 4183 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at just 2222 rpm. This brings the total output to 313hp and 627Nm of torque. In order to accomplish this task, Superchips had to perform a remap of the engine while taking into consideration the "careful optimization of fueling and turbo boost settings". According to Superchips, this reconfiguration allows for a sharper throttle response, a keener, more urgent engine, a harder pull throughout the rev range.

The BMW 3.0 D ECU remap is priced at £445.00 and comes with a 12 month/30,000 mile supplementary vehicle warranty.

Press release after the jump.

With the announcement of Infiniti’s new performance line and the debut of their2 M-based models coming up at the Pebble Beach Concours, it probably wasn’t a bad idea for BMW to release a video about their Performance line. There’s always room for a little refresher when competition is brewing.

BMW’s Performance line is available for models like the 1-Series , the 3-Series , the X5 , and the X6 . It includes hand-crafted carbon components, a lightweight sports silencer, front bumper, side-sills, and an insert for the rear bumper; all in a special design and body color. The Performance line also includes a rear spoiler, rear fins in matte black, and a front grid finished in high-gloss black paint. Finishing off the line are a set of 21" light-alloy wheels.

For models like the BMW M3 , the Performance Package includes a lowered suspension that brings the chassis 10 mm closer to the asphalt and stiffens things up with a newly developed set of electronically adjustable dampers as well as an all new set of lightweight mesh alloys measuring 19 inches in diameter. These alloys help dress up the new M3’s appearance along with the functional aero package.

Want to see more on BMW’s Performance line? Check out the video for yourself!

We’re not the type to be easily surprised by anything that happens in the auto industry, but this one really caught us off-guard - in a good way, of course.

This here is a new lightweight BMW X5 prototype that, according to BMW , is about 50% lighter than the weight of the first ever X5 to be released to the public some years ago. The material in use for this prototype is something that’s called carbon fiber reinforced plastic, a material that supposedly cuts the overall bulk of cars without compromising any of the safety standards set on these vehicles.

That potential alone should make the hairs on the back of our heads rise without provocation.

In addition to its lightweight nature – and the fact that nothing is taken away as far as safety is concerned, the CFRP can also provide stability to a vehicle in inclement conditions while providing the necessary sturdiness to absorb any potential hits without debilitating damage.

All in all, this X5 prototype, by using the CFRP material, saves as much as 400 pounds from other X5s that use steel on the body. It may not look a lot to the casual observer, but 400 pounds less means less weight to pull around. And you don’t need to tell us how that affects the power and speed of a car.

Source: BMW Blog

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.

Source: BMW

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