BMW Australia has confirmed the price of the X5 xDrive M50d and X6 xDrive M50d – the first models in the German brand’s new M Performance range.

The triple-turbocharged torque monsters have been positioned just above the xDrive 50i variants from the standard SUV range and more than $30,000 below the high-performance M models.

In dealerships from June, the X5 xDrive M50d is priced from $147,000 while the X6 xDrive M50d starts at $157,000.

Both models are powered by the brand’s all-new triple-turbocharged inline six-cylinder diesel engine, which produces 280kW of power (4000-4400rpm) and a whopping 740Nm of torque (2000-3000rpm).

The unique triple-boosted system activates a small turbocharger at low revs, a larger turbocharger at around 1500rpm and a third turbocharger between 2600-5400rpm for added boost pressure and power output.

The BMW X5 xDrive M50d sprints from 0-100km/h in 5.4 seconds – one-tenth faster than the twin-turbocharged V8 petrol-powered xDrive 50i – yet uses 40 per cent less fuel (7.5 litres per 100km versus 12.5L/100km).

The BMW X6 xDrive is fractionally faster, completing the sprint in 5.3 seconds – again one-tenth sharper than the xDrive 50i variant – and uses 7.7L/100km on the combined cycle.

Both M50d models feature air suspension with automatic self-levelling of the rear axle. The X5 gets BMW’s Performance Control electronics system, while the X6 gets the more advanced Dynamic Performance Control, which detects oversteer and understeer and counters them by sending more drive to the wheels where it is most needed.

The Adaptive Drive package, which includes electronically controlled dampers and active anti-roll, is standard in the X6 and optional for the X5.

Visually, both M Performance models feature unique front bumpers with large air intakes, a revised rear bumper and side skirts, metallic grey mirror caps, 20-inch alloy wheels, V8-styled oval tailpipes and a bonnet ‘powerdome’ for the X6.

Standard features include adaptive bi-xenon headlights, head-up display, Navigation Professional system, M leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, alcantara/leather sports seats with white contrast stitching and an anthracite headliner.

The introduction of the X6 xDrive M50d coincides with the mid-life refresh of coupe-style luxury sports SUV, which brings mild styling updates, a fifth seat and internet connectivity to all models, and adaptive LED headlights and bonnet powerdome for the X6 M.

The price of the standard range has increased $1000 while the flagship X6 M is now $5500 more than before.

2012 BMW X5 and X6 manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • X5 xDrive 30d – $92,100
  • X5 xDrive 35i – $103,900
  • X5 xDrive 40d – $113,300
  • X5 xDrive 50i – $134,000
  • X5 xDrive M50d – $147,000
  • X5 M – $178,000
  • X6 xDrive 30d – $110,900 (+$1000)
  • X6 xDrive 35i – $121,000 (+$1000)
  • X6 xDrive 40d – $127,400 (+$1000)
  • X6 xDrive 50i – $150,400 (+$1000)
  • X6 xDrive M50d – $157,000
  • X6 M – $190,900 (+$5500)

  • zaq

    I wonder if it would fit under the bonnet of the next M3. M3 would be 500 kg lighter and with 700+nm………

  • Daniel

    Haha, I thought the article meant the price had tripled for turbo performance SUVs. Glad I misunderstood, $450,000 seems a bit much for a BMW :)

  • Davin

    this will be the fastest legal P-plater car in victoria! …. assuming they can afford this that is :)  

    • Guest

      This car has over 200kw which takes it over the limit for the P platers unfortunetly

      • Davin

        i thought all diesel engines are exempted?

        • Guest

          It’s only the turbo that they are exempt from. The other restrictions still apply.

  • NotTheStig

    Didn’t think I would ever say this, but I like the X6 version more.  The X5 has the complete “dipped in white paint” look that appears a bit tacky.  Then the rear fender flares are boganish too.

    Both have too many badges on the boot !

  • runnaln

    Both these cars are under $100K AUD in UK, there is nothing like the feeling of being ripped off for $50K


    “triple-turbo” is not a good thing. There are more things to go wrong……….. Less is “more”.


    The $35k RAV4V6 whops all the X5’s and X6’s except the mega dollar$$$ M’s.

    • Legnab

      HAHAHAH what are you smoking , problem with the rav4v6 its hard task to go in a straightline , BMW would wizz past before the first corner .

    • Dominique Vøn Hütch

      yeah and the V6 Rav isn’t 35k lol