The BMW X5 is now available with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine making 523 horsepower.
The X5 M50i and X7 M50i both use the powerplant found in the M850i, rated at 523 horsepower between 5500 and 6000 RPM, and 553 lb-ft of torque from 1800 to 4600 RPM. The X5 version scoots from 0 to 60 mph in a scant 4.1 seconds, while the X7 variant manages a time of 4.5 seconds. That is incredibly quick for SUVs this big. Remember, these aren’t even the full-fledged M versions. Top speed is electronically limited to 130 mph with all-season tires, and 155 mph with summer performance tires.
The X5 M50i gets 20-inch wheels as standard, with 21- and 22-inch wheels available as extra-cost options. The X7 M50i gets 22s standard, but 21-inch wheels can be optioned if you’re not into massive rims.
Pricing for the X5 M50i starts at $82,150, while the X7 M50i starts at $99,600. These prices do not include a destination fee of $995. Production at BMW’s Spartanburg, South Carolina plant is set to begin in August 2019.