2014 BMW X5 M

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In conjunction with the next-generation X5 , BMW is also working on the M version of the SUV. The model has been caught testing for the first time doing some quick and loud laps around the Nürburgring race track.

Although the SUV is still fully camouflaged, there are some distinctive M elements that confirm this is the future X5 M. These special elements include the quad M exhausts, the active differential, and blue brake calipers, which have become the signature color for M model brakes. Behind the M brakes, there are drilled rotors which are being used for the first on any X5 model.

At the front of the car, there are huge air intakes and a path that connects the headlights to the kidney grilles, a feature found on the F30 3 Series.

Under the hood, there will be the same engine that can also be found in the M5 : a twin-turbo V-8 delivering some 560 horsepower.

Expect to see the new BMW X5 M sometime in 2014.

UPDATE 06/03/2013: Now that we have gotten a look at the new BMW X5, it is pretty easy to imagine how the new M version will look. Today we have created a rendering of what we think the upcoming X5 M will look like.

Click past the jump to read more about the next BMW X5 M.

Rendering

BMW X5 M

In creating our rendering, we started with the base BMW X5 and added the usual M elements, including: front and rear bumpers, side skirts, a set of M-style wheels and larger side vents. The result is a more aggressive looking SUV.

Spy Shots

BMW X5 M

Up front, there is not much to see thanks to some heavy camo. However, you can make out the air intakes on the bottom of the skirt and the wide-open grille. Both of these attributes lead us to believe this is the M variant, as it needs this extra air to let that big V-8 breathe during testing. Unfortunately, the camouflage blocks our view of anything else.

BMW X5 M

The new spy shot that we just dug up in May shows a little more of the back end than the previous spy shots. This angle shows off the sweet quad exhaust pipes, revised liftgate and updated taillights. Unfortunately, the camo is still pretty heavy, but it’s better than what we had before.

Competition

2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The 2014 Porsche Cayenne Turbo comes in with a 500-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 engine that zips the SUV to 60 mph in a stunning 4.4 seconds. It also boasts a track-tested top speed of 173 mph. To go along with all of this performance, the Cayenne Turbo is still able to turn in 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. The Cayenne Turbo comes in at a monstrous $110,400.

2014 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Supercharged

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

The Range Rover Sport was fully revised for 2014 and it is definitely starting to grow on us a bit. The model now looks more like its bigger brother, the Range Rover, and features a 5.0-liter V-8 engine with a supercharger. This bad-boy pumps out 510 horsepower and will get the SUV to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds – official 0-to-60 time was not released. The 2014 RR Sport starts out at $79,995 and peaks at $93,295 for the loaded-out Autobiography trim level.


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