BMW X5 M Spied in the Streets of Munich

BMW X5 M spy photos in Munich
BMW X5 M spy photos in Munich

In case you haven't heard, speculation has been building steadily over time about a BMW X5 M. Despite BMW refusing to comment until last summer, there's no refusing these photos. The X5 M was caught almost completely undisguised on the streets of Munich. Seen nearly finished, BMW has no doubt been working on this vehicle for quite some time.

We believe the BMW X5 M will get the benefits of over 500 hp. If it does get the benefit of M5 technology, this SUV could be fitted with a 507 hp, 5.0-liter V10 engine. Other rumors have the X5 M getting a new, 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that is even more powerful than the V10. Either way, BMW's offering should have no problem competing with either the Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG or the Porsche Cayenne Turbo.

With the release of the X5 M spy video at the end of 2008, we were pretty sure this SUV would show up at the NAIAS. With the economic climate being what it is, perhaps BMW stalled the release of this, and the BMW X6 M. Now that these photos have surfaced, the temptation is there to say this thing will appear at Geneva in March.

Published Jan 30th, 2009 4:36am By Zack Newmark
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hail600 hail600
I saw this car yesterday night on a truck while on the N3 on the Gillolys interchange in South Africa with two black X6's loaded aswell. It had the exact same rims & a german number plate. I would love to get my hands on one of these babies.
Feb 3rd, 2009 4:45pm
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Boboo Boboo
It is going to be interesting, Porsche Cayenne Turbo, Mercedes ML 63 AMG and I hope some V10 or V12 from Audi Q7........
Feb 3rd, 2009 7:25am
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Boboo Boboo
This BMW M will have over 510 HP, is going to have the new V8 twin turbo engine, it is mighty.....
Feb 3rd, 2009 7:19am
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trekkerbin trekkerbin
The M GmbH is doing a lot in this down turn of economy. I hope that most of the rumors are true, and all their products will be released to the market also. I look forward to more M-badged cars in the future soon.
Feb 1st, 2009 4:18pm
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anmaramos anmaramos
Pretty idiotic idea, can't stand it at all. Wondering if the //M X6 will have the X5 headlights..
Jan 31st, 2009 8:36am
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tom43 tom43
The X5 M will definetly get a V8-twinturbo with more than 507 hp. Some german car magazines have tested this car in a pre-launch test at the Nürburgring some weeks ago. No V10, but the strongest BMW-engine. So communicated by the BMW officials...
Jan 31st, 2009 6:01am
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
Lol, rather than make an M3 CSL that would have sold, they make this and the X6 M...very lame.
Jan 31st, 2009 12:01am
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Mike.F1 Mike.F1
What is the point of this SUV/raised wagon? I see none.
Jan 30th, 2009 10:54pm
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zdenda20, the regular facelifted X5 seems to be using the current-shape X5 headlights, not the slimmer X6 headlights. http://img.worldcarfans.com/2009/1/large/bmw-x5-facelift-e70-first-spy-photos_1.jpg
Jan 30th, 2009 6:30pm
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GOR777 GOR777
I see x6 M prototype every day at 7:00 am near our Carl's junior parking lot, and I would say that it will be the best!!!
Jan 30th, 2009 12:21pm
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zdenda20 zdenda20
Take pics/video (would love to hear the sound!) On one of the Pohotos, where the Camoed MX5 is being followed by a normal X5 (not near as wide), the one following seems to have the same headlights...maybe it wont be just for the M?!
Jan 30th, 2009 6:00pm
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carbonsigma carbonsigma
Just like the M3 sedan has the front of the coupe, the X5 has the front of the X6 it seems.
Jan 30th, 2009 11:13am
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On the regular-model refresh photos you can only see the updated bumpers. Take a look at the new headlights on the M version though. Much sportier and without the bloopy look of the current model (which can be seen following the M in some shots) All in all it should be an impressive vehicle.
Jan 30th, 2009 10:20am
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IKA595 IKA595
How i see the X5 M will have headlights of X6.And i think it will be RWD because rear wills are biger then front.
Jan 30th, 2009 10:20am
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The X3, X5 & X6 with the optional "Sport package" all have wider rear wheels, but they are still AWD.
Jan 30th, 2009 4:20pm
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