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Published on October 21st, 2020 | by Subhash Nair

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Did BMW X5 M and X6 M ‘First Editions’ Arrive a Year Late?

The BMW M division sells quite a few desirable vehicles and they know this. This is probably why they also create special ‘First Edition’ models to give fans with fatter wallets a little something extra to splurge on. This isn’t new, and it’s even done with AMG and their ‘Edition 1’ models. The strange thing is that these ‘First Edition’ models usually come around the time the model upon which they are based debuts. Take the G30 BMW M5. That and its First Edition model both debuted around August 2017. Not the case with the X5 M and X6 M though.

Those both came out in October of 2019 and only now in October 2020 are we seeing First Edition models of both. Mechanically, there’s nothing extra over the standard X5 M and X6 M models, and the First Edition models can be optioned with the Competition spec as well though only 250 of will be built.

It’s mostly design additions that come with these First Edition models. Here are the changes in brief:

  • BMW Individual Frozen Dark Silver special matt paint finish or BMW Individual Frozen Marina Bay Blue special paint finish
  • M light-alloy wheels in Jet Black, high-gloss finish
  • Carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) exterior trim pieces such as the M Carbon exterior mirror caps, M Carbon rear spoiler
  • There’s also an M Carbon engine compartment cover
  • BMW Individual Merino full leather trim in exclusive bi-colour Silverstone/Midnight Blue
  • Black Alcantara inserts in the seat bolsters and contrast stitching in Sakhir Orange
  • BMW Individual Alcantara headliner in Midnight Blue
  • Carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) interior trim pieces
  • Silver-coloured “First Edition 1/250” lettering applied to the carbon-fibre strip before the clear coat seal on some trim pieces

Here’s the press release with more.

PRESS RELEASE

Supreme power, an imposing thirst for forward progress and extravagant styling allow the new BMW X5 M Competition and new BMW X6 M Competition to carve out a unique place for themselves on the world’s roads. Their performance attributes set new standards and now they are also raising the bar once again in terms of exclusivity. First Edition specification accentuates the effervescent and distinctive character of the BMW M models in the luxury Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) segments to particularly stylish effect.

Precisely coordinated design cues for the exterior and interior lend the special-edition takes on the new BMW X5 M Competition and new BMW X6 M Competition the status of intoxicating rarities at the high-performance reaches of their respective segments. Their air of exclusivity creates the ideal environment in which to enjoy the unmistakable driving experience laid on by a high-revving V8 engine with two turbochargers and 460 kW/625 hp, M-specific suspension and M xDrive all-wheel drive. The two special-edition newcomers will be produced at BMW Plant Spartanburg in the US in a limited run of 250 examples each and can be ordered with immediate effect.

The BMW Individual Frozen Dark Silver special paint finish available exclusively for the special-edition models showcases the exterior design of the new BMW X5 M Competition and new BMW X6 M Competition to extremely impressive effect. This matt paint finish ensures the muscular proportions, clear forms and signature M details of the body design come authentically to the fore, regardless of how the light hits the car. The two special-edition cars can also be specified with the BMW Individual Frozen Marina Bay Blue special paint finish. This exterior shade is one of the BMW special finishes now available ex-factory for the BMW X5 M Competition, BMW X6 M Competition, BMW X5, BMW X6 and BMW X7. These special paint shades are increasing in number all the time.

The high-quality paint finishes team up with M light-alloy wheels in star-spoke design with a Jet Black, high-gloss finish available exclusively for the special-edition models. The wheels (front: 21-inch, rear: 22-inch) are fitted with mixed-size tyres. The exterior styling also includes selected body elements made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Like the M Carbon exterior mirror caps for the two special-edition models, the M Carbon rear spoiler for the new BMW X6 M Competition has an understated feeling of the race track. An M Carbon engine compartment cover is likewise part of First Edition specification.

BMW Individual Merino full leather trim in exclusive bi-colour Silverstone/Midnight Blue ensures the interior and BMW Individual paint finishes fit together neatly. Black Alcantara inserts in the seat bolsters and contrast stitching in Sakhir Orange emphasise the sporting contours of the M multifunction seats. The eye-catching contrast stitching also bring distinctive flourishes to the door panel trim and instrument panel. Taking its cue from the leather-covered instrument panel, the BMW Individual headliner in Alcantara is likewise in Midnight Blue.

The high-tech and extremely lightweight material CFRP also features in the interior of the special-edition models. Adornments include Carbon Fibre interior trim strips available in a special, market-specific design. The silver-coloured “First Edition 1/250” lettering – which is applied to the carbon-fibre strip before the clear coat seal – highlights the exclusive character of the special-edition models. If these interior trim strips are specified, the model badge on the cover for the cup holders has the same design.

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