Range-topping BMW M50i X5 and X7 unveiled

M Performance models of X5 and X7 SUVs arrive with 523bhp

BMW has unveiled new M Performance models of its X5 and X7 SUVs badged M50i. Both models will be powered by a revised version of BMW’s 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine and sit at the top of their respective model ranges until the X5 M and X7 M arrive in late 2020. Prices have yet to be confirmed but both models will be in showrooms by the end of this year.

Inside, both models feature leather sports seats with contrast stitching and a choice of aluminium or black wood contrasting trim. Illuminated door sills display the ‘M50i’ logo on both cars, and the X7 M50i gets an upgraded Harmon Kardon stereo system as standard.

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To set them apart from the standard models, both the X5 M50i and X7 M50i have revised styling, with more aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers, restyled side sills and 21-inch alloy wheels. Larger 22-inch alloy wheels are available for both cars as an option.

Both models feature a firmer suspension setup for improved handling. The X5 M50i is fitted with adaptive suspension as standard, with the X7 M50i using an adaptive variable air suspension system. The X5 can be specced with the same air suspension setup as an option.

The 523bhp twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine is shared with the BMW M850i. Power goes to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and an M Sport differential that can divert 100% of the power to the rear wheels, depending on the conditions. To cope with all of the power on offer both models have upgraded brakes.

BMW claims the X5 M50i can get from 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds, while the X7 M50i takes 4.5 seconds. Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

To find out more about the BMW X5 and X7 range, check out our in-depth reviews.

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