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 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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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.

AC Schnitzer Falcon based on the BMW X5

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.

First spy photographers caught the X6 hybrid testing, and now its time for the X5 Hybrid! It was caught testing in the California desert.

The first time you heard about a X5 hybrid was this year’s Geneva Auto Show where BMW revealed the X5 Hybrid concept using a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel.

This latest spy shots prove that BMW is preparing a production version for that concept.

Engine photos display a variety of wires and high-voltage compartments that hide most of the X5 hybrid’s gas engine.

Source: Inside Line
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BMW X5 look-alike banned in Germany

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.

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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.

Source: Auto News
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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.

Source: Car Magazine

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