2016 BMW X5 M Typhoon by G-Power
New program from German tuner provides all-encompassing upgrades on BMW’s resident performance SUVby Kirby Garlitos, on
A little over a month ago, BMW tuner extraordinaire G-Power presented a new engine upgrade for the BMW X5 M. It was noticeably missing the “Typhoon” moniker since it lacked any of the visual upgrades that the name comes from. Well, better late than never, right? Because the new Typhoon kit for the high-performance luxury SUV has arrived and it packs the same amount of power upgrades – 750 horsepower and 723 pound-feet of torque – as the the previous kit to go along with an extensive body kit.
The cosmetic upgrades are the big difference here and they make a ridiculous difference in both the X5 M’s stance and appearance. It also makes for a lighter SUV, which should pay dividends when the vehicle is blowing through the highways of the world. I’m holding off on calling it a visual upgrade because not everybody may find it appetizing to the eyes. But for those who appreciate a jacked-looking BMW X5 M with matching performance credentials, this new Typhoon kit is a feast for the senses.
Be prepared to spend, though, because G-Power’s programs don’t come cheap. That’s especially true for the Typhoon program because the wide body kit alone will cost you the equivalent of a hot hatchback
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2016 BMW X5 M Typhoon by G-Power
Unlike the previous tuning example of the X5 M that we saw from G-Power back in June 2016, this program is packaged in the name of the tuner’s iconic Typhoon tuning program. A wide body kit is available and is made up of muscular wheel arch flares, new air intakes in the front apron, bespoke side skirts, and a new rear valance A Venturi hood is also included, as is a new set of the 23-inch Hurricane RR ultra-light forged alloy wheels wrapped in 315/25ZR23 tires. The wheels, in particular, are available in three different colors, offering customers a choice of high-sheen surface or polished variants.
No interior upgrades are being offered by G-Power for this particular program.
This is at the heart of G-Power’s new Typhoon program for the BMW X5 M. It’s actually a similar upgrade to the one the tuner presented a month ago in that it’s made up of the tuner’s Bi-Tronik 2 V3 engine control unit and modifications made to the high performance SUV’s turbochargers, specifically the addition of a larger and more efficient bespoke compressor wheel in each housing. The result is an output of 750 horsepower and 723 pound-feet of torque, a significant increase from the standard output of 567 horses and 533 pound-feet of twist coming out of the X5 M’s 4.4-liter bi-turbo V-8 engine. All these modifications add up to an SUV that can now cover a standing quarter mile in just 11.5 seconds to go with a top speed of over 186 mph.
Chassis and Suspension
The upgrades on this section is made up of the tuner’s own GX6M coilover suspension kit, which elevates the X5 M’s handling and riding capabilities.
Pricing details for the new Typhoon program can be seen below.
|Item||Price in Euro (€)||Price in USD ($)*|
|Widebody kit "TYPHOON"||€19,750||$21,880|
|Venturi bonnet "TYPHOON"||€4,600||$5,096|
|Bi-Tronik 2 V3 tuning kit||€4,400||$4,873|
|Downpipes with catalysts||€3,190||$3,533|
|G-POWER titanium exhaust system incl. 4 x 102mm Carbon-Titanium Tailpipes||€5,560||$6,158|
|RS GX6M coilover suspension||€2,292||$2,538|
|23-inch forged wheels G-POWER HURRICANE RR, including tires||€8,442||$9,352|
*Based on current exchange rates on July 29, 2016
In a market that’s limited to just a few competitors, it’s safe to say that the BMW X5 M counts the Porsche Cayenne Turbo as its biggest rival. These two German titans have been the the faces of the luxury performance SUV market for years and both have shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon. As for the Cayenne Turbo, fellow German tuner TechArt’s recent program rivals that of G-Power’s Typhoon kit for the BMW X5 M. It was introduced in November 2015 and it came with a multi-stage engine upgrade that resulted in a power spike of up to 700 horsepower and 679 pound-feet of torque. A Techtronic engine management system and new high performance exhaust manifolds and turbochargers with ball bearing compressor/turbine shafts are the main ingredients of this engine upgrade and together, they help the Cayenne Turbo sprint from 0-to-62-mph sprint time of just 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 183 mph.
Read our full review here.
This is what a full-on G-Power tuning kit looks like. It has an audacious body kit. It has an impressive tuning program. And it has a nice set of new wheels. Add the chassis and suspension upgrades and you get a comprehensive program that fits into what BMW has always wanted from the X5 M. Power and luxury refined, that’s what G-Power’s Typhoon tuning program has always been and it’s nice to see that despite the name having been used for a while, it still carries with it the same commitment to excellence that has come to define it.