WHEELS – Making Tracks
Power and performance come together in BMW’s latest M series vehicles.
BMW engineers are a fussy breed, never quite satisfied with their finest creations. Take the M (for motorsport) series for example. Since the introduction of the M1 in 1978, BMW engineers have hammered away at making it better, combining motorsport functionality, agility and power with everyday usability.
With that in mind, the 2020 versions feature the X5 M Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and X6 M Sports Activity Coupe (SAC), which offer more power and performance and improved luxury and comfort over earlier versions, according to BMW. The vehicles also include the latest in technology, including driver assistance, personal connectivity and infotainment. Vehicle apps such as news, weather, office and online search are examples of the car’s intelligent connectivity capabilities.
The latest X5 M and X6 M models are powered by a twin-turbocharged S63 V8 engine generating 600 hp at 6,000 rpm, an increase of 33 hp over the previous models.
The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission offers both automatic and manual shift modes with three selectable levels of programming controlling shift speed and sharpness. Drivers can select from several all-wheel drive modes to tailor the experience to their liking.
The new Ms include black extended merino leather interior as standard.
To check out all the amenities, see your BMW dealer. MSRP starts at $105,100 for X5 M and $114,100 for X5 M Competition; $108,600 for X6 M and $117,600 for X6 M Competition, not including destination fees.