The BMW X5 M50i and the X7 M50i are taking a turn for the crazy and opting for more power by adding in a twin-turbo v8 M performance engine. What that means is that your BMW SUV will be pounding out 530 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque—that’s an improvement of 67 horsepower and 74 lb-ft over the regular xDrive50i versions.
In other words, you won’t be getting beat off the line by very many vehicles, not with a 4.1 second zero to 100 time.
That power might make you worry about safety, especially with SUVs having a reputation of not cornering well. But BMW has addressed that, adding in xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive with electronically controlled rear M Sport differential. Normally the SUV is rear biased in normal driving, but when needed the differential can send power either to the right or left to help compensate for traction conditions.
Additionally, the M50i uses two-axle air suspension as a standard option. With that air suspension, the M50i can be adjusted to ride an inch lower in Sport mode for speeds over 85 miles per hour, or it can lift 1.6 inches higher to provide better clearance.
Production on these versions will start in August, with delivery sometime in the fall.