No it’s not a belated April fool. In the middle of an economic meltdown BMW has decided now’s the time to reveal its first M-powered 4x4s with the X5M and X6M.
With 555bhp, these super-SUVs are ridiculously powerful and with a 0-62mph time of 4.7 seconds they are also very quick.
Carbon dioxide emissions of 320g/km are nearly three-times as much as a BMW 116d and an average fuel consumption of 20.5mpg is a third of the baby Beemer.
On the face of it, the BMW X5M and X6M are monstrosities – completely pointless cars unveiled at the worst possible time.
It’s hard not to love cars that will accelerate from 0-62mph in the same time as the BMW M5 and quicker than the BMW M3.
But I’m not so sure about them.
Forget about their political incorrectness for a moment and think of this – should BMW’s M Division have got involved with 4x4s in the first place?
It’s more than likely these cars will handle superbly considering the competence of the standard BMW X6. But many will think it’s the step in the wrong direction.
The 135i M Sport is a fiendishly quick car but I wanted to see a 1M (obviously BMW couldn’t call it the M1 due to the Seventies icon with the same name).
BMW displayed a 1 Series tii concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, but seems to have gone off the idea.
So what do you think? Has BMW got it spot on with building these two bruisers or should the Munich masters have focussed on building a baby M car like the tii.