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.

Even BMW’s own X5 Security isn’t safe enough for some people, so now BMW has introduced the X5 Security Plus.

So what new in the world of bad business? Well, the tires can now run about 60 miles longer at 50 mph with no air. Also the armor has been upgraded. The standard X5 Security could withstand .44 Magnum rounds (insert Dirty Harry joke here), and now the Plus can also take on the most popular assault weapon on the block, the AK-47 (insert slightly more obscure Jackie Brown joke here).

All these upgrades do take their toll on performance, which may mean the baddies could get in an extra shot or two. The Security Plus has the same 355 hp 4.8-liter V8 that’s in the regular model, so 0 to 60 mph time has been raised 0.7 second to 8.2 and top speed has been lowered 18 mph to 112 mph.

Of course we’re missing the root of the problem here...Once someone gets to this level of need for safety and security, wouldn’t it just pay off more to be a nicer person?

BMW working on diesel X5

This is so far just a rumor but a fun one. In the game of one upping everyone, BMW may be thinking that two turbos may not be good enough for its performance diesel engine, so it bolted on one more on for good measure. Next to the X5 M , BMW may give its six-cylinder diesel with a tri-turbo setup delivering 354 hp.

To entice the eco-minds, BMW will also add technology like the Start-Stop system and Brake Energy Regeneration (KERS). The super oil burner will likely slot between the X5 M and X5 xDrive48i, and have the body kit to reflect it. This could include a more aggressive bumpers and flared wheel arches.

Source: BMW Blog

Just a few days after the official launch, BMW also announced the German prices on the new X5 and X6 M models. The X6 M is priced at 108,500 euro ($143,800 at the current exchange rates), while for the X5 M the European customers will have to pay 105,900 euro ($140,370 at the current rates). Anyway in USA the price will be kept in the $90k area.

Both models are powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine that delivers 555 hp at 6,000 rpm and 500 lb-ft of torque from 1500 to 5,650 rpm. The engine is mated to a 6-speed M sports automatic transmission.

Source: BMW Blog
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BMW X5 by G-Power

G-POWER is a German BMW tuner who currently holds the record for the world’s fastest sedan with their 228 MPH M5 HURRICANE . The company’s latest creation the G-POWER TYPHOON is based on a BMW X5 SUV and follows the same supercharged philosophy to make 525 hp from the 4.8-liter V8.

Press release after the jump.

BMW X5 Facelift front revealed

The latest generation of the BMW X5 has only been around since 2007, but its already ready for its first facelift. From the look of this shot, it seems BMW has traded in the big jowly hounddog appearance, for a big jowly bulldog look (more like the X6 .)

More important than new looks, is a bigger engine. BMW is preparing a M version of the X5 that is set to be revealed next month . The quickest X5, teased by an official video, will get a twin scroll turbocharged V8 engine making 500 hp.

BMW just launched a microsite on the internet announcing that the high-performance M versions of the X5 and X6 will make their debut 30 days from now. Considering the New York Auto Show starts on April 19, that means both models will be revealed ahead of the show.

As revealed in the teaser video, the sport activity vehicles will be powered by a twin scroll turbocharged V8 engine, which just backs up our suspicions of the 500+ hp 4.4-liter twin turbo powerplant making an appearance in these SAVs.

Source: BMW

BMW has taken on an interesting task. It’s making a performance version of its two-ton SUV, the X5 . To prove this can be done, BMW release this official performance video.

Just like the X6 M version , we suspect the engine generating all that power in this video is a twin-turbocharged version of the 4.4-liter V8 making at least 500 hp. The X5 M could be fully revealed as early as next month at the Detroit Auto Show, the home of the SUV.

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As you know once you do a good job, you keep coming again to do the same thing! This is what happened with Lumma, who unveiled today a new interpretation of the Bmw X5 . Available exclusively for the X5 wearing no dynamic package, the kit includes a new front bumper, a carbon-fiber hood, new side sills and a new rear bumper featuring exhaust cutters and an air diffuser.

Lumma CLR X530 S based on the Bmw X5

Also a new set of 20 inch alloy wheels was added, same model used at the Lumma CLR X530 . As an option, the tuner offers carbon-fiber mirror coverings as well as 22 inch alloy wheels. Price of the kit: $13,370.

This is the car for the person who has everything but security. If you need a safe car (literally) then the new X5 Security is the right one for you. Consider it the ultimate urban assault vehicle.

BMW X5 Security

Making an appearance at a Moscow security show last week, the new BMW X5 Security is powered by a 4.8-liter 355 hp V8 engine that produces a maximum torque of 350 ft lbs at 3,400 rpm. Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in under 7.5 seconds, the BMW X5 Security’s top speed is limited electronically to 130 mph.

The vehicle’s armored passenger compartment is an essential part of the protection concept. It is bulletproof and safely withstands attacks with handguns up to caliber .44 Magnums, including caliber .357 Magnums or 9 mm Lugers.

BMW X5 Security

The protection comes from reinforcements such as components and panels which are made from special high-performance fiber-reinforced material. This material is used in the side panels, the roof, the front footwell and the rear. Some parts are also reinforced by bullet-proof steel for enhanced protection. Circumferential safety glazing with a 22 mm thickness withstands attacks with impact weapons and is also bullet resistant to VR4 ballistic protection level. The windows are reinforced with an additional polycarbonate layer that offers passengers protection from shattered glass.
The BMW X5 Security also provides complete protection behind the rear seating area.

Press release after the jump.

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