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.
BMW has announced the North American availability of BMW Performance brand accessories for the trendsetting X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. The new BMW Performance parts for the X5 include aerodynamic components, aluminum pedals, special kidney grilles, and a new flat-bottom Sport steering wheel. The new accessories go on sale at Authorized BMW Centers this month.
Directly from BMW’s state-of-the-art Munich wind tunnel comes the comprehensive new BMW Performance Aero Kit for the 2011 X5 (excluding X5 M and models equipped with trailer hitch). The Aero Kit, which includes redesigned front and rear bumper covers and side skirts, is specifically sculpted to reduce aerodynamic drag and lift at high speeds, improving stability while making a dramatic, stylish statement. Additionally, BMW Performance has made available a set of black kidney grilles for the X5, which provides a sporty, menacing appearance for the front of the vehicle.
For the interior, BMW Performance has concentrated on the driver-machine interface, creating a new steering wheel and pedal set. The BMW Performance Aluminum Pedal Kit includes gas pedal, brake pedal, and footrest pedal, ergonomically crafted of aluminum with rubber inserts. The pedals fit all models of X5 and provide enhanced pedal feel for the driver.
Last but not least, BMW Performance has made available a unique multifunction steering wheel for X5 models. This direct replacement for the standard X5 steering wheel features a thick, racing-style, flattened lower rim and is fully covered in hand-stitched Alcantara material (Not available for X5 M and vehicles with Lane Departure Warning).