Designed by the German tuning specialist Hartge for those who think that the new X5 E70 series is just not extreme enough, the new upgrade program for the 2009 BMW X5 xDrive35d performance SUV includes not only the usual mix of add-on plastic and carbon, but also actually makes its 3.0-liter engine significantly more powerful. As a result, you get yourself a car, which is not just different from the rest of the pack, but is actually more fun to drive, although I am not sure whether you will be able to shell almost €30,000 for the parts and labor.
It’s not the first time that the diesel-powered BMW X5 xDrive35d performance crossover SUV has receives a new engine upgrade package, but it is the German tuner Hartge that, with the pack installed, allows to slash the vehicle’s 0-100 km/h acceleration time by almost a whole second to just 6.1 seconds. Although that doesn’t even come close to that of the last year’s Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG with its 4.5 seconds of 0-60mph, the decrease in acceleration time will still be noticeable.
The vehicle’s top speed is also increased from 235 to 244 kilometers per hour although this value is one of those that are there simply to stimulate your ego since I can’t really imagine a scenario where you can use all this speed without putting in grave danger lives of your fellow citizen.
People at Hartge do not go into details, but say that the upgraded 3.0-liter diesel engine is rated at 328 hp @ 4400 rpm, while the standard engine produces only 281 horsepower.
Like always, the engine upgrade program may be further improved with new body kit that seems to include new front and rear fascia, exclusive side steps that also act as mud guards in case your car ever sees real mud and a pair of oval-shaped exhaust tail-pipes. There are also new add-on parts for side mirrors that look like they are made of carbon fiber, but those seem a bit off here since the idea of the lightweight material is not further supported by any other exterior part (they have some carbon inside though, see below).
Although BMW orders a wide choice of alloy wheels that, to my taste, look absolutely fabulous, Hartge understands that there will be a number of clients craving for something even more exclusive and offers them a set of huge 22-inch BRILLANT CLASSIC 2 alloy wheels that may be wrapped in performance rubber — 295/30 ZR 22 at the front and 335/25 ZR 22 at the rear. The tires will most certainly suck a great deal on anything less firm than asphalt, but if you decided to opt in for the kit, you probably don’t plan to put the car through its paces on a rocky trail somewhere near Albuquerque.
Inside, the German tuner may install a 3-spoke leather steering wheel with carbon inserts, aluminum pedals and foot rest, new speedometer gauge with 300 km/h scale and lots of carbon inserts just about everywhere.
At this time, the wholly equipped car may be ordered at a price of €87,277, while the original base model will set you back at only €60,000.
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BMW X5 xDrive35d crossover SUV tuned by Hartge high-resolution photos