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The new BMW X5 M and X6 M get an angrier look, mild-hybrid tech

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BMW X5 M and X6 M get a facelift

Earlier this month BMW unveiled the facelifted X5 and X6 SUVs. And so, it’ll come as no surprise to see that the X5 M Competition and X6 M Competition have now been given the same treatment. 

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The new BMW X5 M

The big news is that power remains the same for both at 616hp, but the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 has now been hybridized. Well, kind of. The internal combustion engine is paired with a teeny little 48-volt mild-hybrid system that’s mounted in the housing of the eight-speed auto gearbox and can provide an additional 12hp. Woah, Nelly.

The new BMW X5 M

Torque is still 750Nm too, but said gearbox has been refined with sharper shifts and shorter ratios in the first three gears. BMW quotes a 0-100kph time of 3.9 seconds for both cars and top speeds of 250kph, although you can up that to 290kph with the optional M Driver’s Pack.

The new BMW X6 M

BMW does say that both the X5 and X6 have been “extensively modified” and that there’s “sharper responses and increased efficiency”. In terms of looks you now get a Lexus-shaped black-out section up front, new kidney grilles (because of course), slimmer LED lights and new forged wheels. There’s also a new engine cover, says BMW, and you can even have it in carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic if you so wish. Here’s a little Top Gear Top Tip for you though – don’t.

The new BMW X5 M interior

Under the skin there’s a new air intake, a new oil pump and reworked dampers for the adaptive suspension, while inside it gets the same treatment as the rest of the BMW range with a 12.3-inch dial display and 14.9-inch curved infotainment screen.

So, are you sold on the new look?

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