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Preview BMW X5 M and X6 M before Los Angeles debut (pictures)

BMW presents the M versions of its X5 and X6 models to the world at the Los Angeles auto show this month. Get a preview look at these spectacular high-performance SUVs.

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BMW introduces X5 M and X6 M
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BMW introduces X5 M and X6 M

BMW will introduce its X5 M and X6 M models to the world at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show. These SUVs offer incredible handling and performance, especially considering their size.

M-Power: Twin turbo V-8
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M-Power: Twin turbo V-8

Both the X5 M and X6 M use this twin turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 with direct injection and BMW's VANOS valve control technology. Output comes to 567 horsepower between 6,000 and 6,500rpm, and 553 pound-feet of torque from 2,200 to 5,000rpm.

2016 BMW X6 M
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2016 BMW X6 M

The X6 M, with its SUV coupe styling, is the bad boy of the duo, at least in looks. Both cars post similar performance, such as 4 seconds to 60 mph.

2016 BMW X6 M
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2016 BMW X6 M

The X6 M and X5 M benefit from an all-wheel-drive system that can shift 100 percent of torque to rear or front wheels. The system defaults to rear-biased torque.

2016 BMW X6 M
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2016 BMW X6 M

Both vehicles feature BMW's double stalk M mirrors, designed for aerodynamic efficiency.

2016 BMW X6 M
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2016 BMW X6 M

Based on the X6, which BMW calls a "sport activity vehicle," the X6 M sacrifices some cargo and rear passenger space for its coupe styling.

2016 BMW X6 M
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2016 BMW X6 M

The X6 M and X5 M come with 21-inch wheels, and a mixed tire set. These Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires are wider at the rear (front: 285/35 R21, rear: 325/30 R21).

2016 BMW X6 M
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2016 BMW X6 M

BMW's multicontour M sport seats come standard.

2016 BMW X6 M
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2016 BMW X6 M

Instead of the dual-clutch transmissions of its other M cars, the X6 M and X5 M use an eight-speed automatic. However, this transmission has been designed to perform similar to the dual-clutch transmissions, and operates in the same fashion.

2016 BMW X5 M
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2016 BMW X5 M

The 2016 X5 M uses similar running gear as the X6 M, although tuned to reflect its slightly different weight distribution and characteristics.

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2016 BMW X5 M

Adaptive LED headlights are available for both the X5 M and X6 M. Large air intakes upfront feed the engine's two turbochargers, which both use twin scrolls to minimize turbo lag.

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2016 BMW X5 M

These fender vents are designed to let air flow out of the wheel wells, increasing aerodynamic efficiency and helping cool the brakes.

2016 BMW X5 M
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2016 BMW X5 M

The X5 M features a more conventional SUV body, with ample headroom for rear passengers and a full cargo area.

2016 BMW X5 M
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2016 BMW X5 M

One key performance feature of the X5 M and X6 M is the adaptive suspension. An air suspension in the rear aids leveling and ride comfort, while adaptive dampers counteract body roll in the turns.

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2016 BMW X5 M

The exhaust system for both M cars uses electrically controlled flaps, which maintain BMW's desired engine note.

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2016 BMW X5 M

Both vehicles feature an electric power steering system that lets the driver choose from Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus settings.

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