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BMW X5 and X6 M Competition from now on mild-hybrid

February 22, 2023

48V technology

With the new powertrain of the new BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition, 48V technology is being introduced for the first time in high-performance models from BMW M GmbH. BMW integrates an electric motor into the compact housing of the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission, delivering up to 9 kW (12 hp) of additional power and 200 Nm of additional torque.

MHEV technology

The electric motor simultaneously acts as a starter motor on the crankshaft. Energy for this comes from a 48V battery in the engine compartment, which is recharged with efficiently recovered energy released during braking. BMW combines this MHEV technology with an updated M TwinPower Turbo V8 gasoline engine.

625 hp and 750 Nm

The 4.4-liter eight-cylinder now features a cross-bank exhaust manifold, a strengthened crank drive, more advanced turbochargers, a new air intake and optimized oil supply and separation. Maximum torque is 750 Nm between 1,800 and 5,800 rpm and maximum power 460 kW (625 hp) at 6,000 rpm. Both models sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds.

Engineering BMW X5 M Competition

What else is new? An M sports exhaust system with electric valve control, new catalytic converters to optimize gasoline engine emissions, a new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission that shifts faster and a modified version of M xDrive all-wheel drive. On the rear axle, BMW M installs a sport differential. The M Setup menu allows the driver to switch between standard all-wheel drive and Sport mode, which sends more power to the rear wheels for controlled drifts.

New headlights

Then the cosmetic part. The headlights have become 35 millimeters narrower than in previous models. Optionally, the headlights can be equipped with Shadow Line details. Both models now have new adaptive LED headlights with Matrix technology and BMW Selective Beam high beam assist.

Prices BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition

The BMW Curved Display also makes an appearance. The curved glass screen consists of a 12.3-inch Info Display behind the steering wheel and a 14.9-inch large Control Display. Through the touch functionality of the Control Display, various functions can be controlled digitally, significantly reducing the need for physical buttons. The new BMW X5 M Competition is available starting at 224,302 euros. The BMW X6 M Competition costs a minimum of 228,283 euros. Both models will roll off the assembly line at BMW Group’s plant in Spartanburg, USA, starting in April 2023. The first cars will appear on Dutch roads in June 2023.

BMW X6 M Competition