5299 pounds being that weight which is quite heavy. That makes the .96g skidpad figure stunning considering the high center of gravity and all the mass. This SUV grips like an E92 M3. Think about that for a moment.
It also accelerates like one. Actually, it will win the drag race versus an E92 M3 by virtue of its all wheel drive traction. One would expect the E92 M3 to best the X5M on the highway though by virtue of its lighter weight and superior aerodynamics.
Regardless, you can actually compare an M SUV to an M car performance wise and keep a straight face. It is truly remarkable.
Which brings up an interesting point. Why in the world is BMW obsessed with having the highest performance SUV in the land but not the highest performance cars? Why do they take SUV performance versus the competition more seriously than they do with their vehicles?
The X5M is faster and better handling than the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S, Mercedes-AMG ML63, Jeep SRT, and Range Rover Sport SVR although the Range Rover may give it a run for its money in the handling department.
The nice thing one can take away from the X5M is that if BMW is going to build an M SUV they sure are making sure it is the best in its class. Now for them to put this same effort into a Z4M, i8M, M7, etc.
VEHICLE TYPE:front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 5-door hatchback
PRICE AS TESTED:$115,495 (base price: $99,695)
ENGINE TYPE:twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
DISPLACEMENT:268 cu in, 4395 cc
Power: 567 hp @ 6500 rpm
Torque: 553 lb-ft @ 2200 rpm
TRANSMISSION:8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase: 115.5 in
Length: 192.7 in
Width: 78.1 in Height:67.6 in
Passenger volume: 105 cu ft
Cargo volume: 36 cu ft
Curb weight: 5299 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 3.8 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 9.1 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 16.4 sec
Zero to 150 mph: 25.4 sec
Street start, 5-60 mph: 4.6 sec
Top gear, 30-50 mph: 2.6 sec
Top gear, 50-70 mph: 3.0 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.3 sec @ 115 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 160 mph
Braking, 70-0 mph: 152 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.96 g
EPA city/highway: 14/19 mpg
C/D observed: 13 mpg