BMW has unveiled two exciting new M models in the Black Fire Edition of the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M, both of which will be available in South Africa from October 2017.
The Black Fire Edition boasts exclusive furnishing details including a rich shade of black in the Sapphire Black Metallic paintjob that really catches the eye. The same and more can be said of the black M double kidney with black bars that is a unique feature of the Black Fire Edition.
Furthermore, buyers get forged 21″ M alloy wheels in black. These large wheels with mixed-sized tyres (front: 10 J x 21, rear: 11.5 J x 21) are weightoptimised and instrumental in transferring the power generated by the M TwinPower Turbo Technology to the road. Another distinguishing feature of the
Black Fire Edition are the standard carbon mirror caps.
Motorsport feel on the inside
Great emphasis is also placed on premium quality and exclusivity inside the BMW X5 M Edition Black Fire and BMW X6 M Edition Black Fire. Fully-electric M multifunctional seats with integrated headrests come as standard in full fine-grain Merino leather, in contrasting Black and Mugello Red.
The fine tone is underlined by the contrasting red seams on the full leather upholstery, which also includes the central console. The feel and colour of the BMW Individual headliner in anthracite, another feature of this special edition, makes it the perfect complement to the premium full leather upholstery. The interior trim shines in piano finish black. The logo of the X5 M or X6 M Edition Black Fire, which adorns the right side of the interior trim on the passenger side of the car, also shows that there is something special about the car.
As well as the standard, multifunctional M leather steering wheel with aluminium shift paddles, the BMW M Performance Alcantara steering wheel with light-blue leather motorsport accent is also available as an option and at no extra charge. It not only creates a racing feeling, but also boasts an eye-catching design and extremely prevalent gripping area made from Alcantara – for optimal grip in all temperatures. This is perfectly suited to the impressive driving performance and dynamics demonstrated by every BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M.
Power on the streets
Both models generate a top performance of 423 kW (both: combined fuel consumption: 11.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 258 g/km) from the 4.4-litre V8 engine. Both cars do 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds with the standard 8-speed M Steptronic gearbox. The maximum torque of 750 Nm produces impressive drive in the rpm range between 2,200 and 5,000. The xDrive four-wheel drive system has been set up with a rear-wheel bias, which improves the agility of the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M. The Dynamic Performance Control system seamlessly distributes the drive torque between the rear wheels.
In combination with the outstanding deceleration values of the M compound brakes, which boast excellent deceleration values, precise dosage, light weight and increased thermal stability, everything is in place to allow an agile and dynamic driving style. The unmistakable sound of the M TwinPower turbo engine makes the impressive performance of both models audible, thus providing an extremely emotional driving experience.
The Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) also allows every driver to adapt the sportiness of their BMW X5 M or BMW X6 M to any situation and to suit their individual preferences, at the push of a button. In “DSC on” mode, the brake interventions work to prevent understeer and oversteer. “MDM” allows greater wheel slip, meaning ambitious drivers are able to perform small drifts. Deactivating DSC (“DSC off”) makes it possible to explore the limits on the racetrack, and to use the accelerator pedal to get the car drifting.
In other motoring related news, Subaru recently announced that its EyeSight driver assist technology will be introduced to South African consumers in July 2017, when the all-new Subaru XV breaks cover.