BMW Dresses Up New X5 In M Performance Parts

Add lots of carbon fiber to the outside and a sporty steering wheel to the inside.

The new BMW X5 M isn’t ready yet, but the German brand is launching a range of M Performance Parts for the SUV that lets owners give their new machine some of the performance model’s sporty look. 

On the outside, X5 owners can adorn the SUV with lots of carbon fiber accents. The pieces can cover the air intake trim, front and rear winglets, diffuser, mirror caps, and side sills. The company also offers 20-inch Star Spoke wheels in a matte black finish, and there is a 22-inch version of the same design.

Performance-minded buyers can also order a set of M Performance sports brakes. These units include red, four-piston fixed calipers at the front axle that clamp down on inner-vented and perforated discs.

Inside, there are also opportunities to make the new X5 look sporty. A new steering wheel features Alcantara covering and a red mark at the 12 o’clock position. To complete the performance-focused look, there are available carbon fiber shift paddles. Smaller M Performance touches are also available, including branded floor mats and pedals. It’s possible to make the puddle lights show the M logo, too. For the hardcore M fan, BMW also offers an Alcantara and carbon fiber key wallet with the performance division’s emblem.

The new X5 goes on sale in the United States on November 10 but Europeans have to wait until March 2019 for them to arrive in showrooms. The base xDrive40i trim packs a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine with 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet, and it starts at $60,700. Bumping up to the xDrive50i gets customers a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 456 hp and 479 lb-ft at a starting cost of $75,750. The plug-in hybrid xDrive45e with 389 hp will join the lineup later. In addition, Europeans will be able to get the M50d turbodiesel with a quad-turbo 3.0-liter inline six making 400 hp.

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