So you’ve bought a BMW X5 and wish it were a bit quicker and a bit more flashy. Well, you’re in luck, because BMW has just announced a line of premium M Performance Parts for the new 2014 X5. The upgrades include cosmetic and mechanical touches, all in the name of ///M-ing up your ride.
On the outside, the upgraded X5 will receive an adornment of carbon fiber, with its carbon mirror covers, front splitter, rear diffuser, rear spoiler, rocker panels, and grills. Inside, the gear stick gets a carbon fiber covering, along with various cabin accent pieces. We’re not sure adding carbon fiber is exactly the same as saving weight, but in a posh X5 – what’s the difference?
Owners can boost power of the X5’s 3.0L straight six as well, through the use of the M Performance Power Kit. BMW is silent on the specifics of the engine upgrades, but expect a 20-horsepower and 32 lb-ft bump over stock output, as well as an increase in throttle response. A six-piston and 19-inch rotor brake kit rounds out the mechanical upgrades, nestled behind the optional M Performance 21-inch wheels.
Pricing hasn’t been announced, but buyers beware: If the full package of upgrades costs nearly as much it sounds, you could be looking at a fully loaded, factory-modded xDrive35i Sport Activity selling for a few grand less than a new X5 M. Your call on that one.