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You can put M Performance parts on the new BMW X5

Brakes, wheels, tyres and body parts: BMW sportifies its fourth-gen SUV

Published: 25 Oct 2018
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Fast SUVs are, in spite of logic, increasingly popular. SUVs that look fast equally so. To the latter crowd then, BMW has some modifications available for its new, fourth-generation and really rather big X5. Step forward, M Performance.

Because who doesn’t want to see a heavyweight dressed up in a track suit and sports shoes? The new X5 – which, admittedly is good, as you can read here – can be tarted up with carbon fibre exterior components. Things like air intakes, front and rear winglets, the rear diffuser and even the mirror caps.

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More technical stuff comes in the shape of 20in light-alloy black wheels and all-terrain tyres, or the optional 22in light-alloy wheels that are 1kg lighter than comparable wheels. Apparently. Yup, we’re now in the realm of dialling up turn-in responses for a two-tonne SUV.

Brakes. Probably a good thing to address. M Performance discs measure 19in – think dinner plate – and are better at dealing with heat forces, while the aluminium calipers house four pistons. Grabby.

There’s yet more M Performance branding you can throw at the inside like a new steering wheel, floor mats, inscriptions and so on. And a ‘Drive Analyser’ that plugs into the X5 to give you driving dynamics data.

As we mentioned, the base car is good. You can read our review of the new fourth-gen BMW X5 here.

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