Think of it as a concept car – a fully functional concept car. It's the answer to a "what if" question. As in, "what if you could make an SUV drive like a sports car?"
We are, of course, talking about the BMW X5 M – the absurdly powerful M-tuned version of the popular luxury SUV. And while there are numerous modifications to help make it a driver's SUV (yes, such a thing does exist), at the heart of the package is a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with an outrageous 555-hp and 501 ft-lbs of torque.
We'll agree that the whole idea of the X5 M is ridiculous, but we're not going to debate that issue. The reality is, there's a market for vehicles like this and considering Porsche has been selling the Cayenne Turbo for almost a decade, it's surprising BMW took so long to build this off-road bahn burner. Sure, Mercedes has the ML63, but that's just not in the same league as the tossable X5 M.
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