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2020 BMW X5, X7 Get More Grunt With M50i V-8 Performance Models

2020 BMW X7 M50i

BMW’s 2020 X5 and X7 SUVs will get M50i performance models powered by a new version of BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 putting out 523 horsepower and 553 pounds-feet of torque. The output is an increase of 67 hp and 74 pounds-feet of torque over the xDrive 50i models of the X5, redone for 2019, and the all-new 2019 X7.

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The V-8 will be mated to an eight-speed automatic with updated software that can adapt shifting behavior to the route and road conditions using data from the SUV’s navigation system and also, if the vehicle has it, from the adaptive cruise control system’s radar sensor. The SUVs also have paddle shifters and a launch control system. BMW estimates the X5 M50i will accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in 4.1 seconds; the X7 M50i will take 4.5 seconds. Tops speeds for both will be limited to 130 mph with all-season tires and 155 mph with summer tires.

BMW’s xDrive torque-vectoring all-wheel drive with a rear bias is standard on the SUVs as is an electronic M Sport locking rear differential and larger M Sport brakes. Both SUVs get an M tuned suspension. The X5 M50i is fitted with adaptive suspension standard, while standard on the X7 and optional on the X5 is an air suspension system that can lower the ride height by 0.8 inches when the vehicle is in Sport mode or going more than 85 mph. Alternatively, it can increase the ride height by 1.6 inches for situations when the driver wants more ground clearance. An optional handling package adds active steering and roll stabilization.

2020 BMW X5 M50i

The X5 M50i comes with 20-inch alloy wheels and all-season run-flat tires. Go-fast options include 21-wheels with performance run-flat tires, 275/40R21 in front and 315/35R21 in the rear; and 22-inch wheels with 275/35R22 performance tires in the front and 315/30R22 in the rear. The X7 M50i gets standard 22-inch alloy wheels shod with 275/40R22 performance tires in the front and 315/35R22 in the rear, with 21-inch wheels and all-season tires optional.

Beyond the performance parts, the two M50i SUVs are dressed up with more aggressive front and rear bumpers (with larger cooling openings in the front) and sportier lower door panels. Inside they get lighted M50i doorsills, an M leather steering wheel, sport seats with perforated leather upholstery with contrast stitching and black headliners (Alcantara in the X7).

Standard tech features include adaptive headlights (with BMW’s LED Laserlight technology standard on the X7 and optional on the X5). Also included are blind spot and lane departure alerts, wireless phone charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 12.3-inch configurable instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch center multimedia and control touchscreen that also has an iDrive controller.

Upscale options include glass controls and a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround audio system. You’ll also have to pay extra for active safety and semi-autonomous driving tech that includes  adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane-keeping assist, automatic lane change, evasive steering assist, front cross-traffic alert and BMW’s Extended Traffic Jam Assistance that allows hands- and pedal-free driving on limited-access highways There also is a package with parking assistance tech and a 360-degree camera system.

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The X5 M50i will start at $83,145, while the X7 M50i will start at $100,595 (prices include destination). Production of the two new M models begins in August at the BMW plant in South Carolina, and they will go on sale in the fall.

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