Two new videos from BMW show us what the X5 M and X6 M can do on snow. They're apparently quicker in snow than many cars are on tarmac. Video and details inside.
Two new videos from BMW give us an idea of what the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M are capable of doing in the snow. The 3m 30s of footage, shot in "perfect snow conditions," is meant to teach drivers of the sport activity vehicles how to drive on the snow and ice.
The first video, titled "Extreme Drifting," is hosted by Walter Haupt, an instructer with M Driver Training. Although the video is more like a piece of eye candy, showing the two SAVs frolicking about, Haupt does talk about how you can regain control in a drift.
"Hill Riding," is the title of the second video, hosted by instructor Gunter Schillinger. The lesson focuses on driving up and down snowy hills, with demonstrations at the Alta Badia ski resort in the Italian Alps. The "hill" used is a downhill course during the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup.
This could be a thinly-veiled jab at BMW-rival Audi, an official sponsor of the event.
The vehicles appear to jump up the hill at quick speeds thanks to the M Drive Manager. Downhill, its all about confidently managing the steering wheel. In the end, the BMWs casually pull up to the ski lift entranceway, with a gate adorned with a photo of the Audi Q5.
BMW's X5 M and X6 M use the new 4.4-liter V8 M TwinPower engine delivering 555 horsepower and up to 680 Nm of torque. It sprints from 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds. Both vehicles were introduced at last year's New York Auto Show.