BMW has begun testing its next-generation BMW X5 M.
This X5 test mule’s identity as the range-topping M version is given away by the familiar M bodywork changes, larger brakes and quad exhausts.
The second-generation BMW X5 M, tentatively due for launch in 2014, is expected to keep the twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 of the current model rather than follow the recent M trend for adopting downsized engines. This is because a V8 is so important in the X5 M’s key market, North America.
A second-generation version of the X5 M’s sister car, the BMW X6 M, is also expected to launch by 2015.