Unveiled late last year, the BMW X5 M and X6 M high-performance crossover twins are not exactly the subtlest vehicles around. Sure, both models may have hailed from more vanilla variants, but the addition of a 4.4 litre V8 producing 567 hp and 750 Nm of torque promises family-unfriendly performance.

In terms of looks, the twins have been known to split opinions amongst enthusiasts, with the bulkier X6 drawing slightly more flak for its outlook. Depending on where you stand on the spectrum, the BMW X5 M and X6 M are either the most ostentatious-looking crossovers or the epitome of aggressively-styled SUVs.

Ask BMW, however, and it would seem to think that both models are still in need of aesthetic upgrades – this train of thought has led to the introduction of BMW M Performance Parts, developed specifically for the two uber-SUVs. Up front, the stock grille is swapped out for an all-black affair featuring the signature M colours.


In profile, the side vents just aft of the front wheels on both models are now painted black. Racing stripes, in typical M colours, begin just below the front air intakes, runs the entire length of the profile and ends above the tail pipes on both models. Customers can also choose to have their side mirrors trimmed in carbon.

Inside, a range of BMW M Performance Accessories helps to set a driver-oriented ambience. Scuff plates in brushed stainless steel with LED lighting are the first things to greet occupants. The M Performance steering wheel, trimmed in an Alcantara/carbon combo with a blue centre marker, adds to the atmosphere.

Elsewhere, the centre console is now trimmed in a combination of Alcantara and carbon, while the gear selector for the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission is now doused in the lightweight stuff. Stainless steel M Performance pedals and specially-designed “easy-care” floor mats round off the entire package.