BWM knows a thing or two about creating a performance SUV and the new X5 M and X6 M have arrived to drive this point home.

Plus, BMW says the hotter X5 M Competition and X6 M Competition derivatives are scheduled to arrive on South African shores in May 2020.

Under the bonnet you’ll find the German automaker’s 4,4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol engine delivering 441 kW and 750 N.m in the standard variants, while gaining an additional 19 kW in the Competition models.

BMW claims the X5 M Competition complete a 0-100 km/h dash in just 3,9 seconds, while the X6 M Competition will reach the three-figure marker from standstill a tenth of a second sooner. Power is sent to all four corners via BMW’s rear-wheel-biased M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. A standard active M differential optimises traction and enhances the dynamic capabilities of both  performance-based SUVs.

The German carmaker says extensive measures have been taken to increase the torsional stiffness of the body structure. The dynamism of these performance SUVs is further enhanced with an M-specific adaptive suspension (with electronically controlled dampers), active roll stabilisation, M Servotronic steering and DSC. M mode offers two driving settings (road and sport) in non-Competition models, while a track mode is added in the two more focused derivatives.

The halo X5 and X6 variants feature an M-specific kidney grille, more pronounced air intakes up front and M gills behind the front wheelarches. A revised rear apron, replete with diffuser inserts, and a roof-mounted spoiler are included at the rear. The exhaust system gains two pairs of twin tailpipes.

The X5 M Competition and X6 M Competition ride on 21-inch alloys up front, with 22-inch items at the rear.

The interior is equipped with myriad M-specific items including bespoke instrumentation, a head-up display and sports seats. Standard specification includes BMW’s intuitive Live Cockpit Professional infotainment system, replete with Intelligent Personal Assistant.