BMW has made a press release for its all-new BMW X5. I think they really did a good job on making the car look good. It looks clean and I dont think the design is too controversial...(although the only design that I thought WAS controversial was the Z4, IMHO...). I'm sure it will be a hoot to drive, we used to have an X5 4.4i, and the engine, transmission and suspension were just fantastic. For being as heavy as it was, the car really performed amazingly. I loved that car. Anyway, here are some pics.
JetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2971 posts, RR: 5 Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 1857 times:
That looks absolutely stunning! I can't wait for the X5 M. It will have the same 500hp V10 as the M5 and M6. I wonder why the 4.8 V8 puts out 10 less hp and 10 less lb-ft of torque than in the 550i, 650i, and 750i?
Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2605 posts, RR: 13 Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1808 times:
Just another SUV with BMW kidneys. BTW, this is not a total knock...I'm entirely sure that it will be a capable vehicle as per design intent, but I've been asleep on the "SUV scene" for about a decade now. Ho-hum. Regards...jack
iDrive is really not that bad. It takes some practice, but eventually it can be used very efficiently.... its really nice to use for the radio, it makes changing stations a snap....you just twist a knob that is really comfortably located. Once bluetooth is set up, making phone calls is easy as the phones automatically synch with the cars' audio system- and your phone book is loaded into the cars' computer. Navigation is a little tricky, but I never use nav anyways so it doesnt matter, and I havent obviously gotten a change to play around with it much.
AC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 3 Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1666 times:
Quoting Myt332 (Reply 13): It looks the same. Isn't it just a facelift? Daz, where are you!
BMW only does a facelift once per model generation, so this is all new. When I saw the title of this thread, I was bracing for the worst, fearing another BMW design nightmare at the hands of "Bangle the Terrible". I was really taken aback when I saw the picture, as I think this new model looks really good!
....though I still think Audi wins the beauty contest.
Better to be nouveau than never to have been riche at all.
Jkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1634 times:
My thoughts on this is at first glance, wow absolutley gorgeous.
Then I start looking at how dumbly placed the i-Drive knob is! It almost looks as if it's parallel with the freaking stick! I'm a total BMW nut, I love them terribly much and this one melts my heart overall.
Quoting AC773 (Reply 14): ....though I still think Audi wins the beauty contest.
They are both very pretty looking cars, but I'd be a bit troubled to call my favourite out of the two!!
JetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2971 posts, RR: 5 Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1576 times:
Quoting Flight152 (Reply 19):
Source? I highly doubt BMW will be producing an M model of any SUV (sorry.. SAV) they make.
And you doubt that why? Mercedes has the ML63 AMG so it would make perfect sense in the never ending Mercedes-BMW power race. The below piece is directly from vehix.com
A redesigned X5 is due in late 2006 or early '07. Gossips have been all over the map on specifics, but most expect a somewhat larger SUV with smoother, cautiously evolutionary styling--and no 3-row seating, at least for now. One report has the smaller X3 donating some suspension components, but powertrains should come from 5-Series cars. That likely means a base 3.0-liter inline-6 with around 260 hp and a 360-hp 4.8-liter V8. However, a 4.0 V8 with around 300 horses is also possible, and BMW hints at a first-time U.S. diesel X5 with either a largish six or a smallish V8. There's also talk of a hot X5 M with a 500-hp V10 to take on Mercedes' new high-performance ML63. All engines should mate to a 6-speed automatic transmission and the next evolution of BMW's xDrive AWD. A new 7-speed dual-clutch version of BMW's computer-controlled SMG sequential manual transmission is an outside prospect. Other rumors say an electronic parking brake and column-mount shifter will be among new standard features. Height-adjustable suspension and BMW's Active Roll Stabilization should be available, perhaps standard on V8s. Another rumored option is BMW's controversial electronically-controlled Active Steering.
Flight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3295 posts, RR: 7 Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 1567 times:
Quoting JetsGo (Reply 20): And you doubt that why? Mercedes has the ML63 AMG
Mercedes has had the ML AMG for years, but BMW has stuck with it's 4.6is and 4.8is models only. Mercedes has AMG models for nearly every model in it's range, while BMW is more selective with how it uses it's performance division. BMW's M-division is more of a serious driving machine then AMG, but like I said I just have my serious doubts.
JetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2971 posts, RR: 5 Reply 23, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 1558 times:
Quoting Flight152 (Reply 21): Mercedes has had the ML AMG for years, but BMW has stuck with it's 4.6is and 4.8is models only.
Although correct, if you look, the two models have always been comprable. The 2003 ML55 AMG had a 342hp V8 while the 2003 X5 4.6is came with a 340hp V8. Now that Mercedes has dropped a massive 510hp V8 into the new ML63 AMG, history would tell us to expect something similar from BMW. Being so, it would only make sense that BMW would use their 500hp V-10 and label it the X5 M.