Like Dylan from Chappelle’s Show, and already spit hot fire. Not literally, as a Lamborghini Aventador might, but both pack the same twin-turbo V-8 with a ground-scorching 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, good for zero-to-60-mph times of 3.8 seconds (X5) and 3.7 seconds (X6) in our testing. And now, BMW has created Black Fire Edition packages for both cars. Only 200 will arrive in the United States.
On the outside, the Black Fire Edition looks pretty much like any other blacked-out trim package. The SUVs are painted Sapphire Black Metallic (a color that is already available on regular models), wear carbon-fiber side-mirror caps, roll on black 21-inch M-branded forged-alloy wheels, and snort through blacked-out M-badged kidney grilles.
The well-appointed interior is where things get a little more fiery. BMW used two-color black and Mugello Red leather with contrast stitching on the seats, door panels, the underside of the dashboard, and the center console. It also has a BMW M Performance alcantara-covered steering wheel with a light blue leather insert that’s intended to recall BMW’s motorsport ties.
Power comes from the same beefy twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 as in the standard cars, and the engine is linked to an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission. The all-wheel-drive system is rear biased, and stopping power comes from compound-ceramic brakes that use six-piston fixed calipers up front and single-piston floating calipers in back
The X5 M and X6 M Black Fire Editions will also surely burn a hole in prospective buyers’ pockets. Although pricing has not been announced yet, these vehicles in standard form already cost north of $100,000, so expect a heavy premium on top of that. For U.S. dealers, the Black Fire starts in October.