BMW has been spotted testing a prototype for an updated X5 M at the Nürburgring.
The update that forms a mid-cycle refresh will be introduced along with the same update to the regular X5 range later this year or early next year. The associated X6 and X6 M models are also queuing up to receive the update.
The modifications to the exterior will be light, based on the prototype. Look for new interiors for the lights, along with the modified grille and the front and rear of the new car. The interior will also likely have some updates, including a more advanced infotainment system with a larger screen similar to what we see in the iX electric crossover.
It is not clear what is planned for the powertrain. The current X5 M is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine, for 600 horsepower in the standard model and 617 hp in the competing X5 M model.
BMW has developed a new 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine and this engine can be included in the updated X5 M version. Codenamed S68, the engine launched in 2023 X7 is updated, where it delivers up to 630 horsepower alpina XB7. The engine will also power the upcoming XM SUV, where it will be paired with an electric motor in a plug-in hybrid configuration. The XM concept is only equipped with this configuration and is said to be good for 750 horsepower.
The rest of the mechanical package will remain unchanged, meaning an 8-speed automatic transmission and full-time 4-wheel drive. The all-wheel drive system will transmit force to the rear wheel until additional traction is needed, after which the multi-disc clutch will transmit force to the front axle.
However, there is no rear-wheel drive mode that the driver can choose from as on the M5.
Production of the X5, including the X5 M, is processed at the BMW Group’s factory in Spartanburg, South Carolina, for sale worldwide.
Keep an eye on updates as the development process continues.