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.

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

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.

Source: M5Board

It’s the battle of the propeller blades as two BMW s 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.

Source: M5Board
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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.

Source: TheStar
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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.

Press release after the jump.

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