BMW X5 M60i Surpasses Official Acceleration Claims

The BMW X5 M60i is an M Performance SUV, adorned with M badges inside and out, though not quite a full-fledged M car. In a world focused on downsizing, this SUV boasts a powerful V8 engine. It houses a 4.4-liter twin-turbo “S68” engine with a 48V mild-hybrid system, delivering the same potent performance as before.

In a recent test, the X5 M60i reveals its acceleration prowess. It sprints from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.1 seconds, beating official figures by 0.2 seconds. This is impressive, considering its weight of 2,345 kg (5,169 lbs). For daily driving, the X5 M60i excels at gaining speed in gear. It accelerates from 62 to 124 mph (100 to 200 km/h) in only 10.8 seconds. BMW states it’s electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h), more than ample for most driving, except Autobahn enthusiasts.

Regrettably, the V8 power isn’t available in the latest 5 Series, as the M550i has been discontinued. Emissions regulations may prevent its return. The 5 Series does offer the electric i5 M60, but there’s still a longing for a combustion-engine-powered sporty variant.

Nonetheless, SUVs continue to dominate, and the G05 generation X5 M60i remains in production until mid-2026 when a new model on the CLAR platform will take its place. It’s a testament to BMW’s commitment to blending performance and luxury in the SUV world.

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