BMW Australia has made getting a V8-powered X5 more affordable, introducing a lower-specification M50i Pure version of its popular large SUV.
Priced from $136,900 plus on-road costs, the M50i Pure is $15,000 cheaper than its higher-specification M50i counterpart that currently sits atop the X5 range.
That said, the M50i Pure still comes armed with the M50i’s most important aspect: a 4.4-litre twin-turbo bent eight that drinks petrol and produces a considerable 390kW of power at 6000rpm and 750Nm of torque from 1800-4600rpm.
Mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the M50i completes the zero-to-100km/h sprint in just 4.3 seconds. The M50i Pure is expected to adhere to the same standard.
The M50i Pure also comes equipped with the same M Sport-tuned exhaust system, differential, adaptive suspension and brakes as the M50i, but it does miss out on its active anti-roll bars and rear-wheel steering.
Standard equipment in the M50i Pure includes adaptive LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, keyless access, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, wireless smartphone charging, power-adjustable front seats with heating, ambient interior lighting, and the full suite of advanced driver-assist systems.
The M50i goes a step further with laser headlights, soft-close doors, metallic paintwork, a Harman/Kardon sound system, four-zone climate control, heated and cooled cupholders, front lumbar support and a leather-trimmed dashboard. All in all, its additional specification is valued at $19,000.