2024 BMW X5 M Competition and X6 M Competition Are the First Mild-Hybrid M Cars
BMW revealed the 2024 X5 M Competition and X6 M Competition on Tuesday, making way for the next generation of its biggest M-badged SUVs. There are new looks and, for the first time in any M car, a mild-hybrid system onboard to assist the twin-turbo V-8.
Under the hood of the X5 and X6 M Competition models sits the latest variation of M's 4.4-liter S68 twin-turbo V-8 engine, sending power to all four wheels via a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The mild-hybrid system assists in the form of a starter-generator motor sandwiched between the engine and gearbox, adding up to 12 hp and 147 lb-ft of torque. It's powered by a 48-volt battery in the engine bay, and recuperates energy through braking and on overrun.
Total output for the drivetrain is 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, according to BMW. That, along with shorter ratios for the first three gears, allows for a claimed 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph for both cars. That top speed jumps to 177 mph when the M Driver's Package is equipped.
The engine and the design aren't the only things to receive changes. The suspension and chassis have been given upgrades as well. There are new thrust arms and a tunnel bridge at the rear, along with new toe-in values to improve stability at high speeds. New dampers on all four corners use electromagnetic valves to change stiffness in just a "few milliseconds," says BMW. There's also a curved display as standard in the cabin, comprising of a 12.3-inch gauge cluster and a 14.9-inch infotainment screen.
BMW says the 2024 X5 M Competition will start at $123,295, including a $995 destination charge. The 2024 X6 M Competition is a bit more expensive, with a starting price of $128,195. Both cars will debut at Amelia Island in early March, with production expected to begin at BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina plant in April.
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