Spyshots: 2014 F15 BMW X5 M Loses Some Camo
We already know how the F15 BMW X5 will look like, but, as you can see in the adjacent images, the prototype we're dealing with here is a bit different.
The vehicle rides lower than normal, sitting on larger wheels, which don't make too many efforts to conceal the hefty cross-drilled rotors and blue calipers. In addition, the rear apron holds the trademark quadruple exhaust.
The aforementioned tech clues are joined by visual ones, such as a meaner front fascia that holds larger air intakes, as well as more muscular wheel arches.
The generation change will see the BMW X5 ride on a platform derived from the architecture that serves large BMW vehicles (from the 5 Series up). The main benefit brought by this will be a diet that will see the SAV loose about 330 lbs (150 kg), despite the fact that it will grow in size.
We have to mention that materials such as Aluminum and CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) will play an important role here. The entry-level models will sit just over 4,400 lbs (2 tons). However, the massive V8 under the X5 M's bonnet will make this a bit heavier.
The 2014 F15 BMW X5 M will be powered by an evolution of the current model's twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, which is expected to deliver about 580 hp. This means that the vehicle will top all its competitors in terms of power.
The F15 X5 is expected to enter production in August this year. This means that you should be able to get your hands on the new X5 M by 2014.
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