By now, the concept of a high-performance SUV with ungodly horsepower, stupendous capability, and a heinous sticker price should be familiar. That reality is itself remarkable; what twenty years ago would have been considered a nonsensical engineering exercise for a nonexistent buyer is, well … let’s just say that today there are plenty of buyers. Finance executives working at BMW HQ in Munich and BMW North America in New Jersey might be gnawing their cuticles with anxiety about how many rear-drive 2 Series coupes would need to sell to justify a new generation; the $128,000 X5 M we recently tested lulls them to undisturbed REM sleep with the promise of sweet profits ... Read the full review on Hagerty.com:
Next time Hagerty might want to have a writer that understands the BMW and the specific M brand. I found the writer to be overly critical of what makes an M vehicle an M product, almost to a point of promoting other brands and denigrating the X5 M. The point of the vehicle is for those who understand and appreciate the engineering. Those with a desire for a quality turn-in, braking, acceleration understand those components and that is why they prefer the X5 M. A detuned version of every M vehicle is available if a driver so chooses less performance. This article may come across as biased against the attributes of a true M and the brand in whole. I will keep an eye out for Eric's articles to see if bias is part of his writing style or reserved for specific brands.
I understand the X 5M has several (7-10) cooling systems. That alone will make buying and maintaining one a daunting experience. One or more will surely malfunction and $$$$ will surly follow.
The cooling fans stay running for an astoundingly long time after shut-down. At one point I ran into a coffee shop to pick up an espresso, was gone for maybe 6 or 7 minutes and the beast was still heaving when I got back. Pretty unbelievable engine--fabulously smooth, crazy torque, and it sounds excellent.
Interesting to me that we're having this convo on performance SUV's. Sport Utility Vehicles...or in the case of BMW SAV...whatever. We are witnessing the shift of what the world considers a performance vehicle. I guess I'm too old to think of that being a 2 door coupe with a V8, rear wheel drive, and manual xmission. I'm feeling very old at the moment.
Very true. And just about everything in the higher price range of a BMW has to be a performance vehicle these days, too. (See Cadillac making non-Cadillacs as another example)
Really enjoyed this article, and it seems to me that the author understands all too well what has happened to BMW and its M Division over the past 15 years or so.
More's the pity...