Naturally, both these M cars get bespoke suspension tuning. Things like: stiffer mountings, extreme camber, M-specific braces up front, bespoke elastokinematics, a rear strut, and of course, adaptive dampers and roll stabilization. Those dampers cycle through Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. There’s an M Mode too, that allows you to configure the head-up display, and cycle through Road, Sport and Track modes and driver assistance systems.
There are bigger M brakes—395mm diameter discs up and six-piston calipers up front, 380mm discs/single piston calipers at the back—and the ability to select either Comfort or Sport for the braking, too. Yup, braking is now adaptive, thanks to an electric actuator that allows the brake pressure to be modified. That’s actually pretty cool.
We’ll leave the looks because… you have eyes, and you have opinions. Suffice to say, neither is likely to be missed, nor confused for anything other than a big BMW M SUV. The Competition cars, FWIW, get black accoutrements, while all models get bigger air intakes, gills, twin exhausts, flared arches, spoilers and big wheels (21s up front, 22s on the back).
Leather, buttons and illuminated sill plates adorn the insides of both cars, along with a dash of Alcantara. Electrically adjustable seats, wireless charging, panoramic sunroof, big stereo… it’s all Premium Big Dog BMW in here. You know the drill.
Does it call out to you? Or is too much?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.