BMW INTRODUCES THE BMW X5 M50I AND X7 M50I
BMW unveils two all new range topping trims for the X5 and X7 models. Powered by an all new V8, the BMW X5 M50i and BMW X7 M50i combine BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, M Sport differential, M Sport exhaust system and model-specific M suspension tuning to create an unrivaled sports car performance in an SAV package.
The newly redesigned N63 4.4L TwinPower Turbo V8 features several updates from the previous version. A new aluminum alloy increases engine block strength while two twin-scroll turbochargers with charge air cooling combine with BMW’s legendary VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS systems to create a formidable power mill. The total package delivers 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, which will propel the X5 from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds. The X7 covers 0-60 in 4.5 seconds. The eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission has also been updated to handle the extra power. New control electronics use data provided from the navigation system and optional Active Cruise Control to provide proactive shifts, always keeping the vehicle in the correct gear for road conditions.
Both vehicles feature BMW’s rear-biased xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. Power is transferred between front and rear wheels with speed and precision. Full power is sent to the rear wheels when all-wheel drive is not needed. BMW’s M division has also reworked the double-wishbone front and five-link rear suspension. The X5 M50i comes standard with the Adaptive M Suspension and can be optioned with a two-axle air suspension. The two-axle air suspension is standard on the X7 M50i and lowers the right height 0.8 inches when in sport mode for increased stability and can be raised 1.6 inches for great ground clearance when needed.
The X5 M50i comes standard with 20 inch wheels and 275/40R20 all-season run-flat tires. Optional wheel and tire packages include 21 and 22 inch wheels and staggered performance tires. The X7 M50i comes standard with 22 inch wheels with 275/40R22 front and 315/35R22 performance run-flat tires. All-season run-flat tires with 21 inch wheels can be optioned. Both vehicles feature M Sport Brakes.
Unique M Performance design features include front bumpers with larger air intakes, sculpted rocker panels and rear bumpers, and BMW Individual high-gloss Shadowline trim with Cerium Grey highlights. Interior components include illuminated “M50i” door sill plates, M leather steering wheel, Vernasca perforated leather, and Anthracite headliner.
Prices start at $82,150 for the X5 M50i and $99,600 for the X7 M50i. Production begins in August 2019 in BMW Plant Spartanburg, SC.
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