The full-blown X5 M has yet to emerge.
After launching the V8-powered xDrive50i models of both the 2019 BMW X5 and X7, the M Division has come along and ratcheted up the power. We have yet to see full-blown M models, but these will bridge the gap. Set to go into production this August, the 2020 BMW X5 M50i and X7 M50i will both kick out around 70 more horsepower than their lesser V8 counterparts.
Remember the new BMW M850i? Take its engine and slot it into BMW’s two largest crossovers, and you wind up with these M50i variants. Like the 8 Series, this engine in both X5 and X7 produce 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. BMW claims a 0-60 time of 4.1 seconds for the X5 M50i, and 4.5 seconds for the X7 M50i. That amounts to a 0.5 second improvement for the X5, while the X7 gets 0.7 seconds faster. As before, both cars still get an eight-speed automatic transmission.
It’s not just power where the 2020 BMW X5 M50i and X7 M50i are beefed up either. BMW fitted the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system with an electronically controlled M Sport rear differential to apply torque where it’s needed most at any given moment. The adaptive air suspension — optional on the X5 — lowers the car 0.8 inches when in Sport mode or when you exceed 85 mph. The driver can raise the cars up 1.6 inches as well when needed.
The 2020 BMW X5 M50i run on standard 20-inch wheels, wrapped in 274/45R20 all-season tires. However, you can get staggered front and rear tires — 275 millimeters wide in the front and 315 millimeters in the back — on 21- or 22-inch wheels.
On the 2020 BMW X7 M50i, 22-inch wheels wrapped in 275/40R22 tires at the front and 315/35R22 tires in the rear come standard. Different 22-inch wheels or downsizing to 21-inch wheels on all-season tires are options.
As you’d expect, neither the 2020 BMW X5 M50i nor the X7 M50i come cheap. Including the $995 destination charge, pricing starts at $83,145 for the X5 M50i and $100,595 for the X7 M50i.