INTRO: The exclusive BMW M series designation arrives in the 5-passenger 2011 BMW X5 M SUV, adding M level racing power and control and advanced technology to its mid-size Sport Activity Vehicle line.
FEATURES: M series interior features include 14-way power adjustable sport seats, extended leather and trademark stitching...while the exterior kicks it up with quad tailpipes and 20-inch light alloy wheels. A premium 16-speaker sound system with a 600-watt digital amplifier comes along for the ride, too.
PERFORMANCE: A turbocharged, tuned version of the BMW 4.4-liter V8 producing 555 horsepower is the muscle behind the X5 M. Power is sent through a race-tuned 6-speed automatic transmission to BMW's xDrive all wheel drive.
FUEL ECONOMY: EPA estimates for fuel economy are as follows:
PRICING/WARRANTY: Base MSRP for the 2011 BMW X5 M is $85,700. A fully loaded X5 M tops out at close to $109,000. The X5 M is backed by a 4-year, 50,000-mile powertrain warranty.
CLOSING: Impressive handling and racetrack level power moves the well-equipped 2011 BMW X5 M to an exclusive spot in the mid-size SUV field.