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BMW X5 M50i and BMW X7 M50i revealed

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BMW X5 M50i and BMW X7 M50i revealed

Comparatively, the existing xDrive50i (also a 4.4 litre turbocharged V8 unit) makes 456 hp from 5,250 to 6,000 rpm and 650 Nm from 1,500 to 4,750 rpm, which makes the M50i approximately 67 hp and 100 Nm more powerful.

BMW refers to ts eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission as "intelligent".

Two of BMW's SUVs have been given new hearts and M badges, to create the 2019 BMW X5 M50i and BMW X7 M50i. Launch control is also fitted for extra traction off the line. The result? The X5 M50i can hit 0-100kmph in just 4.3 seconds while the bigger X7 M50i could do the same sprint in 4.7 seconds. To enhance engine smoothness, torsional vibration is minimised with the help of a viscous damper on the crankshaft. Both SUVs get an M Sport exhaust system, bigger M Sport brakes, and an electronically controlled rear differential. Does this mean an X7 M is also on the cards?

To further hone the handling, the suspension has also been tuned. The air suspension allows for nearly an inch lower ride height in Sport mode, or at speeds above 85 miles per hour; alternately, it can be lifted up to 1.6-inches for better clearance. Both vehicles have had their suspensions played with, the X5 receiving standard adaptive dampers, with the option to upgrade to the air suspension standard on the X7. The rocker panels and rear bumpers have been distinctly sculptured as well, whereas several exterior components are finished in BMW Individual high-gloss Shadowline trim and Cerium Grey accents.

Other standard hardware on the M-breathed-upon SUVs include an M sport braking system (with blue-painted, M-branded callipers), electromechanical steering (with Servotronic function), Adaptive M suspension (with comfort and sport modes) and 21-inch M light alloy wheels (with mixed tyres), while a 22-inch wheel and tyre combination will be available as an option. As for the larger SUV, as standard, it rides on 22-inch with 275/40 front and 315/35 rear tires.

In Sport mode or when travelling over 138km/h the air suspension setup automatically lowers the auto by 20mm, and it can be set to raise the vehicle by 40mm over the standard ride height for a bit of light off-road action. It can be paired with "integral active steering", or all-wheel steering, for each model, which turns the rear wheels slightly against the fronts for sharper turns at low speed, or with the fronts for more stability at highway speeds.

Elsewhere, things remain as is. What's more, the M50i logo is complemented by the Harman Kardon sound system.

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