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.
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.
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.
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.
With the new Falcon, AC Schnitzer unveiled its new body kit for the Bmw X5 SUV which gives the car a plus of sportivity but also, according to the tuner, a majestic aura. The new kit consists in a re-designed front bumper, new side sills, bonnet vents and a rear bumper with air diffuser and integrated exhaust system. In order to provide a better stability and handling 22 inch racing wheels were added together with a new suspension kit.
At the interior, a new 3-spoke sports airbag steering wheel was added together with new carbon fiber insertions, new door panels, aluminium pedals and foot rest, aluminium cover for i-Drive silver or “Black Line“ and velours floor mats. Under the hood the 3.0sd engine was boosted from 210 kW / 286 hp to 228 kW/310 hp and from 580 Nm to 680 Nm. Also a new sports exhaust system with double sports rear silencer was added.
Last week, we brought you news about the Chinese counterpart of the BMW X5 and how the German court banned the maker from selling it in Germany. For those who thought the escapade was over, wait till you hear this.
A German court in Munich has slotted into top gear and ordered Shuanghuan to destroy all their SUVs plying German roads. Making matters worse is the court’s notice to importers, China Automobile, to pay compensatory damages to BMW.
BMW as expected is overjoyed with the court’s verdict which was imminent when BMW’s spokesperson stated that "We are pleased that the court has agreed with our views”
The not so happy Karl Schloessl of China Automobile Germany, said he would launch an appeal against the ruling, which is not yet binding, saying he was prepared to take the case to the European Court of Justice.
It was impossible to ban a vehicle in Germany that was allowed to be on the road in the rest of Europe, Schloessl said, adding that there were more than a 1,000 of them on the road in Italy.
This news serves as a slap on the face of Chinese automakers as a whole. If further verdicts support BMW which I think will, there would be no other choice for Shuanghuan other than plucking its SUVs off German roads and sending them to the crushers. With that said, Chinese automakers will be forced to think twice before bringing their copy cars to Germany again.
Chinese cars are cheap to buy, and some don’t have a good reputation for being safe or hot cakes in developed markets. Above all that, the majority resemble BMW’s, Audi’s and Mercedes’ designs.
Glance at the car pictured above. If I were to strip off its badge and park it alongside a previous generation BMW X5, would you be able to tell them apart? I’m very optimistic that you wouldn’t. One can argue that cars today are somewhat similarly designed, headlamps, tail lamps, and quarter glass panels are carried over from one model to another, but definitely not entire cars.
BMW had taken legal action against Shuanghuan by filing a case in a German court in September last year, for making the CEO (Pictured) based on their X5 SUV. The case now has come to an end, BMW emerging victorious in the battle, as the court ruled that Shuanghuan’s CEO infringes BMW’s design rights.
Furthermore, the court announced that Shuanghuan is banned from selling their CEO in Germany.
But Managing Director Karl Schloessl is not happy about the verdict. He complains that the CEO is an entirely different car compared to the X5. He plans to fight again by appealing against the court’s decision.
’It is a one-sided judgment, but of course it was made in Munich. It’s a BMW city," expressed the unhappy director on the court’s verdict.
If you liked the Hartge Hunter based on the Bmw X5 you will definetely like the new tuning kit for the German SAV. With the new customization programme the vehicle becomes a true sports car. With the re-programming of ECU, the diesel engine delivers now 275 hp and an astonishing 600 Nm of torque making possible the sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 7.4 seconds and a top speed limited electronically to 232 km/h.
In order to provide better handling and stability the car was lowered with 30 millimeters. Also 22 inch alloy wheels were added fitted with 285 Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires. Price of the kit: € 57,554 plus VAT.
And talking about gas price and fuel consumption... BMW is working on a more powerful version of its X5 SUV powered by a twin-turbo V8 engine (same as in the X6). Official debut will be made next year at the Geneva motor show.
The most powerful version in the current line-up is the 4.8i powered by a 355bhp 4.8-litre V8 that will rocket the BMW to 60mph in 6.5 seconds and on to 152mph.
The new version will hit a top speed of 155 mph and will make the 0 to 60 mph sprint in 5.5 seconds.
The UK pricing for the future X5 will be of £60,000. It will have a fuel consumption of 23mpg on the combined cycle and has a CO2 posting of around 300g/km.
Hartge, the well-known Bmw tuner unveiled its new tuning kit for the Bmw X5. The car features a re-designed front bumper, new side skirts, new rear bumper as well as a rear roof spoiler while at the interior new carbon fiber insertions were added as well as aluminium sport pedals and new custom steering wheel.
In order to improve the engine performances the tuning company offers ECU tweaking for the 3.0 liter diesel engines: the 3.0ds engine develops now 328 hp while the 3.0d engine is capable of developing 275 hp. In order to improve also the handling of the car Harge added also its custom 22” alloy whees. No words about the price yet.
Due to week dollar, BMW announced the company will raise prices in the U.S. by 1%. The increase for cars such as the X5 sports-utility vehicle and 5-Series luxury sedan will take effect on June 1, Markus Sagemann, a spokesman for the Munich-based company, said today.
"It’s a moderate price increase that reflects the conditions in the market," Sagemann said in a telephone interview, adding that the last U.S. increase was in March 2007.
The dollar’s drop hurts BMW because the company gets fewer euros for every car it sells in the U.S. The dollar has fallen about 8 percent against the euro this year. This means that for a car like the 5-Series, BMW gets more than 2,000 euros ($3,150) less now for each one it sells than it did at the beginning of the year.
The first-quarter charge led to a 17 percent drop in BMW’s net income for the first three months. Four-month U.S. sales fell 4 percent to about 100,000 cars as the financial crisis sours consumers’ desire to make purchases.
BMW will launch the 3 series diesel (335d) and the X5d on the US market this October.Both models are getting BMW’s dual turbocharged 3.0L inline six diesel starting this fall.
The 265-hp, 425-lb.ft. torque monster will make these vehicles among the most fuel-efficient and best performing vehicles in their class.
The BMW 335d featuring Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance for maximum output of 265 hp and peak torque of 425 lb-ft. will provide a clear and convincing demonstration of these qualities. On the road, this means acceleration from 0–62 mph in 6.2 seconds and average fuel economy of 23/33 mpg (city/highway, provisional data).
The BMW X5 xDrive35d offers sporting character through BMW Advanced Diesel with BluePerformance, while standing out as a high-torque Sports Activity Vehicle with excellent qualities for long-distance motoring. The BMW X5 xDrive35d accelerates from 0–62 mph in just 7.2 seconds and offers average fuel economy of at least 19/25 mpg (city/highway, provisional data).
BMW will announced pricing in the next couple months.