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BMW adds 600-horsepower X5 and X6 M Sport variants to 2020 lineup

If you're in the market for a family-friendly SUV with 600 horsepower, BMW has two new models you should look at.

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The BMW X5 and X6 are getting spunkier. The German automaker is adding M Sport models of each to its 2020 lineup, giving buyers more performance-focused SUVs to test drive. There are four new flavors: X5 M, X6 M, X5 M Competition, and X6 M Competition.

Performance

With the robust twin-turbocharged S63 V8 engine under their hood, the BMW X5 M and X6 M achieve 600 horsepower. Bump up to the BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition models and get access to 617 horsepower. Both SUVs get 553 pound-feet of torque and are equipped with the M xDrive all-wheel drive system with Active M differential.

2020 BMW X5 M 2020 BMW X6 M engine This engine generates over 600 horsepower in the 2020 BMW X5 M and 2020 BMW X6 M SUVs.Photo courtesy of BMW

It gets from zero to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds (Competition models are one-tenth of a second faster). Top speed is limited to 155 mph but can be increased to 177 mph with the optional M Driver's Package. The M Driver's Package also includes an invitation to partake in driver training at one of BMW's Performance Center driving schools in the U.S.

The Adaptive M suspension Professional with Active Roll Stabilization is standard on all models. Drivers can choose from Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus drive modes. Two different speed-sensitive M Servotronic steering settings are available, one tuned for comfort and one for sport.

BMW X6 M shifter red drive modes BMW has added red accents to the interior of the M Sport models.Photo courtesy of BMW

All models get BMW's new compact module braking system that allows for two different pedal feel options: comfort and sport. The compound brakes are drilled and vented 395 mm front disks with fixed six-piston calipers and 380 mm rear disks with single-piston floating calipers.

2020 BMW X6 M exterior front face The BMW X6 M has its own unique styling, and its performance can be upped when buyers opt for the X6 M Competition model.Photo courtesy of BMW

X5 M and X6 M models come standard with 21-inch M light-alloy double-spoke bi-color wheels. They run on 295/35ZR21 front and 315/35ZR21 rear non run-flat performance tires. Those models are available with staggered 21-inch front and 22-inch rear wheel/tire combination that features M star-spoke bi-color wheels.

Competition models get that staggered wheel set-up standard, but with different wheel designs. Staggered wheel set-ups come with non run-flat performance tires sized 295/35ZR21 front and 315/30ZR22 rear.

A space-saver spare tire is located at the rear of the vehicle but it can be replaced by a mobility kit upon buyer request.

Exterior

The new X5 M, X6 M and Competition models feature large front bumper intake openings that help move additional air into the SUVs' coolers, which is needed with the larger engine. They all have M specific BMW kidney grilles with black double-bars, M gills on the front fenders, side mirrors, flared body-color wheel arches, and a rear diffuser with integrated quad exhaust. Competition models add their own unique kidney grille surrounds, exterior mirrors caps, model badging, rear diffuser, and black-finished tailpipes.

2020 BMW X5 M exterior rear back The BMW X5 M has unique wheels and many traditional M Sport design accents.Photo courtesy of BMW

X5 M and X5 M Competition models have a rear roof spoiler. X6 M and X6 Competition have a roof and lower tailgate spoiler.

The SUVs are available in the buyer's choice of 10 paint jobs: Alpine White, Carbon Black Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Marina Bay Blue Metallic, Donnington Grey Metallic, Manhattan Green Metallic, Tornado Red Metallic, Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, and Ametrin Metallic.

Interior

The M control buttons, M leather steering wheel, and M leather gearshift level all get splashes of red. Red, blue, and white BMW M color stitching is on the steering wheel and gearshift lever. The center console of both Competition models has extra padding.

The passenger cabin of the X5 M, X6 M and Competition models have been enhanced with unique features to set them apart in both comfort and exclusivity. Splashes of red color adorn the M control buttons on the center console, on the M Leather steering wheel and on the M Leather gearshift lever. Additionally, Red, Blue and White BMW M color stitching is visible on the steering wheel and gearshift lever. The center console on the X6 M Competition and X5 M Competition features additional knee padding on the sides.

2020 BMW X5 M interior brown cabin inside The interior of the models is the height in BMW opulence.Photo courtesy of BMW

Specialized M multifunction seats have electric adjustments for fore/aft position, head restraint height, thigh support, backrest width and angle plus pneumatic lumbar support.

A Black Extended Merino Leather interior is standard in X5 M and X6 M models Competition models come with the buyer's choice of full Merino leather color options: Silverstone, Sakhir Orange/Black, Adelaide Grey, Taruma Brown, Black, or Ivory White/Night Blue. A color-matched Alcantara headliner is standard. Competition models can also include the no-cost choice of a Black Full Merino leather interior with Midrand Beige Alcantara cloth.

2020 BMW X6 M interior black cabin inside A black interior is standard, but buyers have more options when they move up to the M Competition models.Photo courtesy of BMW

The driver's information and head up display is customizable for either road, sport, or track. The track setting is only for Competition models, and designed only to be used on closed circuits. M View features a rev counter in the center of the head up display with shift lights and the ability to house two widgets. These widget areas can display G-Meter, Tire Pressure and Temperature or Engine Coolant Temperature and Boost Pressure.

Both models will go on sale soon. Pricing will be announced closer to their on-sale date. Expect the X5 M to go for near $90,000 and the X6 to top $100,000.

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Electric vehicles

Three new EVs we can't wait to see

The F-150 Lightning is just one of several new EVs we'll see soon.

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With all the crazy news coming out of the auto industry this year, it'd be easy to believe that the rollout of new models is slowing to a snail's pace. The pandemic and ongoing microchip shortage have slowed vehicle production, to be sure, but they haven't put the brakes on automakers' push to roll out exciting new electric vehicles. In the next few months alone, we'll see several new electric trucks, cars, and SUVs hit the market, some of which will break new ground and help define their segments. We're on board with this trend 100 percent, and to help you get excited, we've rounded up a few of our favorites.

Here are the three upcoming electric vehicles we're most excited to see.

Ford F-150 Lightning

One of the world's best-selling and most popular vehicles is going electric. The Ford F-150 Lightning is set to arrive in 2022 with a fully electric powertrain, forward-looking technology, and a familiar style that will make any truck lover feel at home. We don't have full details on the truck, but Ford has shared some awe-inspiring performance numbers. The Lightning will offer around 563 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque, which should push the truck to 60 mph from a standstill in just four seconds. Payload capacity comes in at up to 2,000 pounds, and towing will reach 10,000 pounds for specific configurations.


Ford F-150 Lightning The Lightning will offer impressive capability in a familiar package.Ford


The Lightning's starting price will come in under $40,000, but don't get your hopes up about actually buying one for that amount. Ford says the entry-level Lightning is a commercial truck that will be a stripped-down work-ready vehicle, which likely means features like vinyl seats and far fewer of the desirable tech goodies that you'll want. To get the truck you and your family will want to drive, you'll need to spring for the XLT model, which starts just shy of $53,000. That's quite a bit more, but it is still a somewhat reasonable price to pay for what will surely be a capable electric pickup.

Mercedes-Benz EQS

The S-Class is a unique model in Mercedes-Benz's lineup. The car typically showcases the automaker's latest technologies and design techniques and offers a glimpse of the features that eventually trickle down to the rest of Mercedes' vehicles. Soon, we'll see the EQS, a fully electric flagship sedan that paves the way for the brand's other electrified offerings. The car will have a range of well over 400 miles on a charge, up to 516 horsepower, rear-axle steering, and breathtaking technology.


Mercedes-Benz EQS The EQS will usher in a new electric era at Mercedes.Mercedes-Benz


The EQS is expected to land sometime late in 2021 and will carry a price tag that matches its premium brand name and top-notch feature set. Pricing for the "entry-level" EQS 450+ will come in at around $100,000, while the top EQS 580 4MATIC will land well north of that number. Remember, though, that Mercedes offers a long list of ultra-desirable options for its cars, so you'll likely shell out more than the base price to get the features you want.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

The Hyundai Ioniq name is nothing new, but the way it will be seen in the automaker's lineup will change significantly going forward. Rather than being a model name within the Hyundai catalog, Ioniq will split off and become its own sub-brand, covering a line of electric vehicles of all types. The Ioniq 5 is the first such vehicle and will be offered in single- or dual-motor configurations that generate 225 or 320 horsepower. The car's futuristic design is attractive and features a pixelated look for the front-end, lighting features, and rear. Inside, the vehicle is clean but comforting and offers the features buyers expect in a family crossover.


Hyundai Ioniq 5 The Ioniq 5 is the first in what will be an entire line of new EVs from Hyundai.Hyundai


The Ioniq 5 should go on sale in late 2021 and is expected to cost between $40,000 and $50,000.

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A long roof with a V8. What could be better?

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Spend enough time reading car reviews, and you'll probably notice a trend among writers. We all love wagons, despite the fact that almost nobody in the United States buys them anymore. If there's a wagon that could appeal to almost anyone, however, it's this m2003 BMW 540i M Sport with a very special engine swap. It's up for auction right now and could be yours – or mine.

It doesn't get much better for a car nerd than this. The 2003 540i Sport Wagon has had its engine swapped for an S62 4.9-liter V8 and a six-speed manual transmission. For those of you not obsessed with E39 generation 5-Series cars, that's the engine from the M5 of the time. Here, it sounds every bit as raw and powerful as it does in the car it originally came from, and the six-speed manual gearbox makes this an enthusiast's dream.


2003 BMW 540i M Sport Wagon The car has been upgraded with all the right M5 components.Bring a Trailer


Inside, the black leather appears to be in great shape, considering the car's advanced age and mileage, though this wagon is lacking the in-dash navigation system that the M5 carried at the time. It's probably for the best, given that an 18-year-old computer would feel absolutely ancient compared to even the cheapest infotainment system today.

This auction is a little more than halfway through and the current bit is just over $20,000. There's quite a bit of time left for that to climb substantially, but at even twice the price it'd hard to feel cheated if you won.


2003 BMW 540i M Sport Wagon There's no navigation here, but 20 years haven't been kind to the M5's system, anyway.Bring a Trailer

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