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Big Muscle Pits The CTS-V Wagon Against The BMW X5 M: Video 18
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, BMW, BMW X5 M, Cadillac, Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, Kurt, video, Videos on 05 18th, 2012

Nowhere is it written that muscle cars must be ancient relics, stuffed full of carburetor-fed, hydrocarbon-belching V-8 engine and fitted with the kind of primitive suspensions usually found on farm wagons. There are plenty of muscle cars available from new car dealers, like anything with an SRT badge, the upcoming Chevy SS and the Cadillac CTS-V series.

Most discussions of muscle cars don’t extend to station wagons, either, but the CTS-V wagon is equally adept at hauling groceries, hauling the family or just plain hauling ass. Unlike that Buick Roadmaster wagon your grandfather owned, the CTS-V wagon handles as well as anything with the mass of a small planet can, thanks to both its Magnetic Ride Control suspension and the electro-wizardry of stability control.

On a dry track, the CTS-V is quite a bit faster than you think it will be. Throw some rain into the mix, and the weaknesses of 556 horsepower sent to two wheels only, coupled with a long wheelbase, begin to become apparent.

Enter the BMW X5 M, which exists in the category of “Uber SUV” alongside rides like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo and the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT 8. Like the CTS-V wagon, the X5 M is a lot faster than you’d expect it to be, and it’s M-tuned stability control and all-wheel-drive system don’t care much if the track is dry, wet or somewhere in between.

Which is the best choice for a family hauler? That all depends on geography, budget and expectations, we suppose. If you live where snow isn’t an issue and favor wagons over SUVs, the CTS-V wagon will save you around $25k compared to the X5 M. On the other hand, if you deal with snow in the winter, the X5 M may be worth the price of admission.

One thing is absolutely certain, though: you can’t go wrong with either choice.

G-Power’s BMW X5 M is Bigger Now 13
Posted by Alex Ion in Autenzell, Automotive News, BMW, BMW X5 M, G-Power, Typhoon body on 09 13th, 2010

G-Power had last year introduced their BMW X5 M, with 600 hp and a small Typhoon body kit. Now it’s become clear that the BMW tuner was hard at work on a larger wide body kit.  The new offering has up to 15% more cooling, thanks to the optimized airflow and an increase in power output by 170 PS (125 kW) over the standard X5 M with 555 PS (408 kW) taking it to a total of 725 PS (533 kW).

Torque has been increased up to 890 Nm (series: 680 Nm / 500 lb·ft) at 1,500 rpm and top speed is more than 300 km/h (186 mph), with 0-100 km/h being achieved in 4.2 seconds.

Aided by the increase in airflow, G-Power has remapped the ECU and a set of sport catalytic converters and G-Power exhaust manifolds have been added to the first design, which reduces exhaust backpressure.

Also, the tuner has added new connection pipes between the turbochargers and the cylinder heads, which minimizes pressure and also thermodynamic losses. The torque is electronically limited, however, the BMW X5 M transmission was reinforced in the new design to handle up to 1000 Nm.

The price package for the new widebody Typhoon aerodynamics starts at € 12,185. (plus installation in Autenzell) and the power boost to 725 PS is available for €18,000.