The 2020 BMW X5 M50i and X7 M50i get the 8 Series power. BMW is adding the N63 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 to both crossovers. The 2020 X5 and X7 are excited to share the upgrade, becoming the new all-wheel-drive X5 M50i and X7 M50i. With that engine they will both run 530 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, a pretty substantial bump for both models.
With the M Performance line, the upgraded parts and tuning include the M Sport differential, two-piece brake rotors and blue M calipers, and M Sport exhaust. Both the crossovers keep their stock suspensions: the X5 M50i has the Adaptive M Suspension, and the X7 M70i had air suspension.
The X5 M50i comes with two-color, 20-inch, M Star-spoke wheels with 275/45 all-season run-flat tires. The top speed is electronically limited to 130 miles per hour. The German automaker does offer two optional wheel packages: 21-inch wheels on run-flat performance rubber with 275/40 front and 315/35 back, or 22-inch wheels on non-run-flat performance rubber, 275/35 front and 315/30 back. The larger wheel options can push the top speed to 155 miles per hour. BMW stated that the X5 M50i impressively does the 60 mph dash in 4.1 seconds.
With the X7 M50i, the standard wheels are 22-inch Cerium Grey M V-spoke, running on performance run-flat tires, 275/40 front and 315/35 rear. The two optional packages offered come with 21- or 22-inch wheels in Orbit Grey or Black. The 21-inch wheels get dressed in 285/45 all-season run-flat tires. For the X7, BMW stated that it does the 60 mph sprint in 4.5 seconds.
The new design for both incorporate larger lower front intakes, sharper edges on the rocker panels, the door sills display an illuminated “M50i”, and several trim pieces are the BMW Individual high-gloss Shadowline trim and Cerium Grey. The interior has a M leather steering wheel, gear selectors with the M logo, and Vernasca perforated leather with contrasting stitching. The X5 M50i sticks with the Anthracite headliner, while the X7 M50i series is upgraded to the Alcantara Anthracite headliner.
Pricing is a bit steep with the X5 M50i starting at $83,145, and $100,595 for the X7 M50i. Production is planned to start this August, however BMW dealers will happily start taking orders now.
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