BMW M Series X5 M Review
Print Exclusive: BMW X5 M

Raymond Lai
15 Feb 2011

X Marks the Sport


Back in 2000, a group of enthusiast engineers at BMW decided to shoehorn a V12 lump from the Le Mans winning V12 LMR race car into an X5. Their objective was to find out the dynamic limits of the X5. The X5 Le Mans, as it was called, was a one off car that German race legend eventually used to set a Nurburgring record time in.

Well, you can’t buy a X5 Le Mans even if you have all the money in the world. But those who want a X5 with storming performance and race car handling will find that the new X5 M might just be not too far away in performance to the X5 Le Mans even though the latter’s 700bhp V12 has 145 Bavarian horses more than the X5 M’s V8 can muster.

On the outside, the hot X5 M can be differentiated from lesser X5 models via several noticeable features. These include the 20-inch double spoke alloy wheels, aggressive looking front bumper with those massive air intakes to cool the engine and the turbochargers’ intercooler, blacked out double kidney grille, tinted headlamp surrounds, sizable side skirts, blistered front wings with M style air vents, rear wheelarch extensions, rear bumper with an underfloor diffuser design and signature M quad exhaust tips, subtle lip spoiler on tailgate, a X5 M badge at the rear as well as....

To read more of this print-exclusive road test, download your free copy of the February issue of Oneshift Monthly right here. Alternatively, you can get it at any Caltex petrol station, Stamford Tyres, Avis, YHI, STA inspection, and popular cafes.

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Engine Capacity 4395cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 8
Compression Ratio 9.3:1
Bore x Stroke (88.3x89.0)mm
Power 555bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 680Nm @ 1500rpm
Power to Weight 233.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 4.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 7.2 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 6 -speed Steptronic
Drive Type F4


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4851 x 2197 x 1764) mm
Wheelbase 2933 mm
Kerb Weight 2380 kg