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LA LIVE: 2015 BMW X5 M
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By: Drew Johnson
November 19, 2014


BMW has unveiled its second-generation X5 M at the Los Angeles auto show.

Tweaked by BMW's high-performance M division, the 2015 X5 M arrives with the distinction of being the brand's most powerful all-wheel drive vehicle to date. That title comes courtesy of a revised 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 that makes 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.

That power is put to the ground via a new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. BMW says the X5 M can accelerate from 0-60 in 4.0 seconds and hit a top speed of 155mph - not too shabby for a vehicle that weighs just over 5,000 pounds.

But despite those performance chops, BMW says the all-new X5 M is 20 percent more efficient than its predecessor. Final EPA ratings, however, are unavailable at this time.

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So this beast is just .1 seconds slower than the new ATS-V?!

Damn...this beast is fast. Wouldn't mind having one to sit in my dream garage next to my ATS-V sedan.

But once the road turns twisty...the ATS-V will leave it in the dust because at the end of the day - this is a big SUV
 

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I'm still missing the point of insanely powerful, "sporty" crossovers...
I'm sort of missing the point of most insanely powerful vehicles, which seem to spring up all the time now.

I am waiting for the 1000 hp level and sub 3 second barrier to be broken by a regular production based "special" from a manufacturer. It will come.

These numbers would have been unbelievable a couple decades back when we all thought the days of performance cars was over...



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IMHO, this is where SRX needs to be. Not some half-assed Lexus RX competitor. Leave that class of CUV to Buick.
GM's "parts bin special" attempt to compete in this market a few years back (TBSS) proves they don't care about this segment. I'd like to see the SRX here as well, but I see no scenario where GM would care to make a competitor for this.
 

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GM's "parts bin special" attempt to compete in this market a few years back (TBSS) proves they don't care about this segment. I see no scenario where GM would care to make a competitor for this.
TBSS/9-7X Aero is sooooooo not in this class!!! GMT-360 is a clunky platform compared to the BMW F15!!

Cadillac should absolutely have a competitor in this class. But GM/Cadillac does not have a competitive platform.
 

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I just can't get interested in BMW crossovers. I'd rather have the ML63 AMG or GL63 AMG. I might even rather have that RRS SVR.

But were it really my money, it'd be a Grand Cherokee SRT. I know, it's slower and not exactly as luxurious. But it looks and sounds like a monster.
 

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TBSS/9-7X Aero is sooooooo not in this class!!! GMT-360 is a clunky platform compared to the BMW F15!!

Cadillac should absolutely have a competitor in this class. But GM/Cadillac does not have a competitive platform.
I was mainly referring to the sporty/fast SUV segment. I completely agree that the SS/Aero are not anywhere near the X5M, but to date those two models are GM's only attempt at this market, and it was half-assed at best.

I also agree that Cadillac would need a whole new platform. This is why I don't see GM building a rival to any of the M optioned SUVs.
 

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I was mainly referring to the sporty/fast SUV segment. I completely agree that the SS/Aero are not anywhere near the X5M, but to date those two models are GM's only attempt at this market, and it was half-assed at best.
How quickly we forget the Typhoon. As far as I know, GM invented the market of performance SUV, though, as they have always done, they abandoned it.


I also agree that Cadillac would need a whole new platform. This is why I don't see GM building a rival to any of the M optioned SUVs.
Cadillac has to build a rival to these performance SUV's. I don't think it should be now, but it has to be on their product roadmap. IMHO, what is more pressing is a compact CUV. That's where all the money is right now.
 
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