BMW Has Launched 523bhp Versions Of The X5 And X7 SUVs

As we all know, the solution to the SUV quandary is simply to add more power, and BMW has done exactly that with two new high-output leviathans
BMW Has Launched 523bhp Versions Of The X5 And X7 SUVs

BMW’s two flagship SUVs have been given even more power with just a year left on the clock before even mightier M versions arrive.

A big wedge of extra life comes via an engine upgrade that liberates an extra 67bhp and 74lb ft. That’s partly thanks to a stiffer, stronger engine block. Friction has been reduced still further with graphite-impregnated resin with refinement boosted by a crankshaft damper.

BMW Has Launched 523bhp Versions Of The X5 And X7 SUVs

Both cars share the same 523bhp and 553lb ft 4.4-litre V8, not to mention the greater part of their chassis. They use an eight-speed torque converter automatic with launch control and a reportedly rear-biased all-wheel drive setup. In certain wildly unlikely scenarios it can even thump 100 per cent of available torque to the rear wheels.

The new fastest X5 can launch to 62mph in 4.1 seconds with the chubbier X7 0.4 seconds behind, making them 0.6 and 0.9 seconds faster than their predecessors. Naturally, both are limited to 155mph.

BMW Has Launched 523bhp Versions Of The X5 And X7 SUVs

There’s a new tune for the X5’s double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear setup. The bushings are bespoke while the springs are now firmer. Buyers can either stick with standard-fit 20-inch wheels or plump for 21-inch or 22-inch upgrades. The X7 gets air springs as standard – a system that’s optional on the X5.

BMW Has Launched 523bhp Versions Of The X5 And X7 SUVs

Elsewhere there are some smaller changes, like making the gaping assortment of front grilles and vents look angrier than ever. The door sills feature a swanky illuminated M50i logo and the steering wheel, gear lever and instruments are all M parts bin items.

UK prices have been confirmed as ‘really expensive.’ We kid; prices haven’t been announced, but you get what you pay for and these two deliver a lot of car.



If you uses the metric system, that’s about 750 NM of torque from the 4.4 twin turbo V8

05/23/2019 - 15:16 |
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German Perfectionist

I’m not an environmentalist, but I find it crazy that everybody knows about climate change and what it will do to our planet, and yet people still buy monsters like these. Madness when you think about it 🤔

05/23/2019 - 16:00 |
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You took words out of my mouth. Literally what I was about to say! 😅👌

05/23/2019 - 20:12 |
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Even if I didn’t care about emissions, I’d want my big SUV to be hybrid, to spend minimum time refuelling and to have low-end torque of silent & smooth electric motors for effortless city driving
And have something like the Z4 M40i or M850in for fun & noise?

These massive cars with massive engines just seem like the worst of both worlds to me - you spend you lifetime spending money at petrol stations yet a cheaper and more efficient M340i will have no problem overtaking you on any road?

05/24/2019 - 05:04 |
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I still remember when BMW marketed its cars as “The Ultimate Driving Machine” without irony. How times have changed.

05/23/2019 - 16:47 |
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Well, they are good handling for what they are…

05/23/2019 - 19:08 |
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Finally, now you can look like an idiot AND go fast at the same time

05/23/2019 - 16:56 |
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just slap on the v12 already

05/23/2019 - 17:59 |
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Chewbacca_buddy (McLaren squad)(VW GTI Clubsport)(McLaren 60

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It’d be too heavy but I also want to see the V12

05/23/2019 - 19:03 |
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Erich Mohrmann

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Brabus wants to know your location

05/24/2019 - 07:19 |
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Lord Saucius The Divine

Yessss, I just want these!

05/23/2019 - 22:13 |
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Land Cruisers are better SUVs

05/24/2019 - 06:37 |
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That X5 is crazy quick. 4.1 seconds is the quoted 0-62 for an M4 with the dual-clutch transmission. And this isn’t even the X5 M…

05/24/2019 - 20:19 |
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somehow by coincidence, after I read this article and left to go to the laundrette, I saw an x7 parked at a fuel station and those things are HUGE. It is probably bigger than a LL discovery

05/25/2019 - 10:11 |
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Aero (Animal Crossing man)

Not quite the 567hp we get in our X6 M. Even still, 523 is more than enough for anyone in the real world.

05/26/2019 - 00:17 |
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It’s kinda funny how they matched roughly the same performance specs as the X6 M with 44 less horsepower

05/26/2019 - 00:18 |
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