A prototype of the BMW X5 M was spied wearing a minimal amount of camouflage prior to an unveiling set for 2014.

Now that the third-gen BMW X5 has been released, the Bavarian marque is putting the finishing touches on the range-topping M version which will come with large air intakes in the front bumper as well as beefy blue brake calipers, a roof-mounted spoiler and an M quad exhaust.

Power will be provided by the same V8 4.4-liter twin-turbo gasoline engine but its output will likely increase from the 555 HP (408 kW) and 680 Nm (502 lb-ft) available in the previous generation. Thanks to a lower weight, the 2014 BMW X5 M will do the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than the 4.7 seconds which the old model needed. We expect the top speed to be once again electronically-capped at 155 mph (250 km/h).

The 2014 BMW X5 M will likely see the light of day in March at the Geneva Motor Show and should go on sale shortly after that.

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