In the inaugural installment of our Weekly News Roundup, we’ve got a few of the most noteworthy stories and videos from the past week, all featuring your favorite German marque. From a BMW Driving Experience X5 taking on the Namibian desert to a seriously impressive opposite-lock save from an E60 driver, we’re here to remind you that it’s been a good week to be a Bimmer fan. Check out the rest of the stories after the drop…
The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M see BMW M GmbH setting the pace once again in the high-performance Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) segment. When the previous generation of the two vehicles arrived in 2009, it was the first time the high-performance character distilled by BMW M GmbH had been transplanted into an all-wheel-drive BMW X model. The result was class-leading dynamics. The new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M pull no punches in writing the next chapter in this success story with another significant step forward in dynamic excellence, distinct M design and outstanding efficiency. The 2015 BMW X5 M will be offered at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $99,650 and the 2015 BMW X6 M will start at $103,050, including $950 Destination and Handling, both models will arrive in US showrooms in the Spring of 2015.
An open door to controlled drifts.
Among the other highlights of the overall concept behind the new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M is Dynamic Stability Control (DSC). The control functions of DSC have been Optimized over previous versions of the system to improve driving dynamics further still. The extra functions which have become part of DSC enhance active safety (Brake Standby, Brake Drying, Fading Compensation) and comfort (Start-Off Assistant, parking brake with automatic hold function).
The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M combine the characteristic features of the successful BMW X family – exclusivity, robustness, agility and everyday usability – with the commitment to high performance that defines an M vehicle. The latter is resoundingly highlighted by the vehicles’ impressive performance figures. Both models complete the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds in conjunction with the new eight-speed M Steptronic transmission.
Innovative engine technology.
The new M TwinPower Turbo V8 for the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M is the most powerful engine ever developed by BMW for an all-wheel-drive vehicle. Boasting innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology with a pair of TwinScroll turbochargers, cross-bank exhaust manifolds, VALVETRONIC and High Precision Direct Injection, the 4.4-liter V8 produces maximum output of 567 hp between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm. That represents a 3 percent increase over the predecessor models. The step up is even clearer when it comes to the power development of the new engine. Peak torque has been boosted by 53 lb-ft which equates to a rise of 10 percent. Its 553 lb-ft can be enjoyed across a broad rev range between 2,200 and 5,000 rpm.
At the same time, fuel consumption of the new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M in the European cycle (official EPA values will be available closer to the start of sales) has been cut by 20 percent, CO2 emissions are likewise down by more than 20 percent, to 258 g/km. The two models accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.0 seconds through the standard eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
The 2001 BMW X5
Some content for this article has been borrowed from various internet sources, some with attribution, some without, and I apologize for this in advance. If you are looking for an X5 full service manual, one is available from Bentley Publishers. I recommend you acquaint yourself with all TSBs, assess whether they apply to your particular vehicle and participate in BMW Forum discussions. A lot of the information contained herein may also relate to other BMW models having the same or similar systems, although access to these systems may be more or less restricted than in the X5. Many routine maintenance items are relatively easy DIY tasks. Others require specialized knowledge, proprietary tools and/or a lift. My particular X5 is a North American model (Left Hand Drive). Some design changes were made as the model matured, so make sure you have current information on your specific model. Exploded parts listings are available on www.realoem.com and some good DIY tech info is available at www.pelicanparts.com and www.fcpeuro.com
By Gary R VanRemortel firstname.lastname@example.org Revision B dated 08/05/14
Engine Type: M62TUB44 4.4L (4398cc [268 CID]) DOHC aluminum alloy 32-valve 90° V8
Avg Fuel Economy: 18 mpg
Bore/Stroke/Compression: 92mm / 82.7mm / 10:1
Warm Idle: 680 rpm
Max Power/Torque: 282 hp SAE @ 5400 rpm / 324 lb-ft SAE @ 3600 rpm
Wheelbase/Width/Track/Length/Height: 111” / 73.7” / 61.4” / 184” / 67.2”
Minimum Turning Radius: 19.85 ft
Curb/Gross Weight: 4795 lb / 6005 lb
Acceleration (0 to 60 mph): 7.6 sec
Coefficient of Drag: 0.36
Roof Load Capacity: 220 lb
Towing Capacity (braked): 6000 lb
Spark Plugs/Gap/Socket Size/Torque: NGK BKR6EIX / .040” / 5/8” / 18 lb-ft
Coolant/DI Water 50/50: 12.7 qt BMW Blue -35 to 265°F
Fuel Capacity/Rail Pressure (at idle): 24.6gal / 42 psig
Differential Fluid: 75W-90 Redline Synthetic
Transfer Case Fluid: 0.5 qt Dexron III
Power Steering Hydraulic Fluid: Pentosin CHF11S
Brakes Front/Rear: 332 X 30mm vented slotted and drilled disc / 324 X 12mm disc
Brake Fluid: Ate DOT4
Battery: BMW/Exide 61217586962 720CCA
Tires (4): 255/55R18H (34 psig)
Lug Nut Bolt Circle/Thread/Torque: 5 Lugs on 4.72” [120mm] centers / M14-1.5 / 103 lb-ft
The BMW X5 is a superb road vehicle, but it is not a full-up off-road 4-wheeler. It is built like a tank and as such, the vehicle is quite heavy. But it is still a car, not a truck. The doors are stout, open up at a good angle and will hurt if they trap any body parts during closure.
The X5 offers exceptional comfort over a long day’s drive and can carry camping supplies and a couple of kayaks up top to boot. It is arguably one of the finest driving sport utility vehicles in the world. A Class III hitch receiver is an easy DIY installation and enables you to haul all of your holiday toys. I strongly encourage all X5 owners to take a personal interest in learning about their car’s systems, care about their ongoing condition and see to their periodic needs. Remember to keep all automotive tools and chemicals locked up or out of the reach of children and pets.
These cars are well designed and I feel that each owner will want to keep it in as good a condition as possible, for as long as possible. Be aware that repair shops may have policies against installing non‑BMW branded replacement parts, so you may be on your own when installing aftermarket parts. Maintenance technicians are not engineers, are not equipped to render a judgment on the quality of your alien parts and they don’t want you suing them if something goes wrong with your car as a result. You should respect this mindset.
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