Turner BMW F85 X5 M Project Car

** Updated 11/16/2015 **

BMW has a rich and colorful history as one of the world's premier automotive and motorcycle manufacturers. In their nearly 100-year-old history BMW has produced some of the most iconic and revered automobiles for both the street and race track, including such classics as the BMW 507, 3.0 CSL and 2002. BMW's M lineup, first pioneered with the legendary M1, has set the bar for road-going performance vehicles for more than 40 years. With such icons as the E28 M5, E30 M3, E36 M3 Lightweight, and E46 CSL it's easy to see how BMW has earned a reputation for sporty cars with responsive engines and dynamic handling. So, it's easy to see why many loyal BMW owners were dismayed when, in 1999, BMW debuted their first-ever Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), the E53 X5. Many of those same people were again shocked when BMW added the legendary M badge to the X-Series lineup with the introduction of the first-generation E70 X5 M in April of 2009.

It has now been over six years since the first X5 M was debuted. During that time BMW's top-of-the-line SUV (or Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) as BMW calls them) has become a very important piece of the BMW M lineup, specifically here in the United States where SUVs and crossovers make up a substantial section of the automotive market.

At Turner Motorsport, we have built our own reputation as one of North America's premier suppliers of BMW OEM and performance parts. Throughout our 20+ years in the industry we have constantly pushed the envelope the technology and performance for BMWs with each new model of BMW, using knowledge gained on the road and on the race track. The latest second-generation F85 X5 M is no expection. In order to continue to be at the forefront of offering the latest in peformance for your BMW, it was only natural that we get our hands on the latest and greatest SAV from BMW. Despite modifying and mantaining many first-gen X5 M and X6 M as well as regular X-series vehicle, this is the first Turner Project SAV.  

   

    
 

First Impressions:

Our Turner Project X5M is finished in an all-new exterior paint color called Long Beach Blue Metallic. It's an eye-grabbing color somewhat resembling Laguna Seca Blue offered on the E46 M3. However, that's where any comparsions to a E46 M3 or any other BMW M "car" end. The first thing you notice about the F85 generation X5 M is its shear size. It's a very large vehicle. Everything from the wheels and the hood to the front air inlets and rear hatch are large and in charge. At the front of the vehicle, the massive kidney grills, large air inlets for the intake system and multiple intercoolers let you know immediately that this is not an ordinary X5. The flared side wheel arches give further hint of what lurks underneath the vehicle's exterior.

Under the hood lies the latest spec of BMWs 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged S63 V8 engine, producing a massive 575 horsepower between 6,000-6,500 RPM and 553 lb-ft of torque from 2,200-5,000 RPM. This very broad torque curve really helps the X5M move down the road. Despite weighing-in at over 5.000 lbs our X5 M makes the sprint from 0-60 in just 4.0 seconds. Pretty impressive for such as large automobile. The quick acceleration times are further assisted by an newly-developed 8-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission and a M-specific xDrive system. As with other modern M cars, you can choose to either place the vehicle in automatic mode or select gears via the paddle shifters on the steering wheel. There is a Launch Control feature with our X5M, and we will outline its performance once the function is unlocked by the dealership at its first sc