An X5 with the heart of a sportscar.
The BMW X5 M is a powerful and agile vehicle for its size, but even with the help of BMW’s M-division, it is still an SUV. Hamann Motorsports GmbH however, wanted to give the X5 M a real sportscar feel. To accomplish this, Hamann didn’t just add power to the 4.4-liter V-8 packed with potential and slap on some bodywork. Instead, they developed a complete tuning program that made the X5 M more capable with new brakes, suspension, functional bodywork, and of course, POWER!
The Flash Evo-M bodykit that Hamann has developed for the X5 M is not just functional, but also adds some flashy styling. The front fascia is striking and in your face with large intakes to supply the engine and brakes with cool air, and four strips of LED daytime running lights. Matching the extravagance of the front bumper is a carbon fiber hood that boasts two rows of air outlets and a power bulge. Fender extensions create a muscular appearance and are connected by aerodynamic side sills. The rear sports a dual center exhaust integrated into the diffuser in the new bumper. To increase downforce at the rear for high-speed stability, Hamann has fitted a carbon fiber roof spoiler. Customers can also option for carbon fiber door handles and exterior mirrors for an athletic look.
Hamann offers numerous wheel options to match the powerful exterior appearance of the Flash Evo M, ranging in size from 22 to 23 inches. The featured wheel is the Design Unique Forged “Anodized” wheel that measures 23 inches front and back, and wears a matte black anodized finish.
Packed under the carbon fiber hood of the Hamann BMW Flash Evo M is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 that packs a great deal of tuning potential. The stock 500 horsepower, 550 lb-ft. of torque is increased to 610 horsepower and 575 lb-ft. of torque with no speed limiter from an optimized ECU. For customers that want to unleash the full power of the V-8, Hamann offers a HM 670 sports kit that adds a new rear sports muffler and catalytic converter replacement pipes. The resulting power is a monstrous 700 lb-ft. of torque from 1,500 to 5,650 RPM and 670 horsepower, allowing the Flash Evo M to reach a 186 mph top speed.
The Flash Evo M isn’t all about power and bold looks, it can also stop and handle like the sportscar it intends to be. Hidden behind the massive 23-inch wheels is a new high-performance braking system developed by Hamann Motorsports. Up front, large 405 mm discs are clenched by six-piston calipers while the rear uses 340 mm discs with four-piston calipers to bring the Flash Evo M to a stop. The braking system uses steel-braided lines to prevent fade during continuous usage. Handling is also improved with the use of new progressively-wound suspension springs that lower the Flash Evo M by 30 mm, thus reducing the center of gravity.
Inside of the Flash Evo M, Hamann has created a plush carbon fiber environment. Numerous trim pieces are available in visible carbon fiber, while the seats, dashboard, and center console can be dressed in quilted leather with contrasting stitching or alcantara by the in-house saddlery shop at Hamann. To create a more sport-oriented experience for the driver, Hamann has fitted a new Sport steering wheel, 320 km/h speedometer, and silver or black anodized aluminum foot pedals. Completing the package are new floor and trunk mats bearing the Hamann logo to match the illuminated door sills.
The Hamann Flash Evo M is currently available as an entire package for the BMW X5 M. Customers can also order individual parts if they wish to customize their X5. Pricing has not been released.
Hamann Flash Evo M
Number of Cylinders: V-8
Maximum Horsepower: 670 (with HM 670 sports kit)
Maximum Torque: 700 lb-ft. from 1,500 to 5,650 RPM (with HM 670 sports kit)
-Rear sports muffler
-Catalytic converter replacement pipe
Type: M six-speed automatic
Drive: Four-wheel XDrive with rear-wheel bias
Top Speed: 186 mph
Wheels, Suspension, and Brakes:
Wheels: 23-inch Design Unique Forged Wheels “Anodized” with matte black anodized finish
Suspension: Progressively-wound springs, 30 mm lowered
Front Brakes: 405 mm discs with six-piston calipers
Rear Brakes: 340 mm discs with four-piston calipers
Brake lines: Braided steel
-Front bumper with air intakes and LED daytime running lights
-Carbon fiber hood with air outlets
-Carbon fiber side mirrors
-Carbon fiber door handles
-Dual center exhaust
-Rear bumper with integrated diffuser
-Rear carbon fiber roof spoiler
-Sports steering wheel
-Silver or black anodized aluminum pedals
-Hamann floor mats
-Hamann trunk mats
-Optional quilted leather interior
-Illuminated sill plates
[Source: Hamann Motorsports GmbH]