December 30, 2003

BMW shows X5 4.8is

2004 BMW X5 4.4i
2004 BMW X5 4.4i shown. Click image to enlarge

Los Angeles, California – Following closely on the heels of the X5’s facelift, BMW introduced a new X5 4.8is with a bigger version of the 4.4-litre engine featured in the X5 4.4i. The new 4.8-litre V8 powerplant produces 355 horsepower and 360 ft-lbs of torque, and is coupled with a 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.

The X5 4.8is has 20-inch W-rated performance tires – 275/40 front and 315/35 in the rear with massive 14-inch front/12.8-inch rear disc brakes.

As with the other X5 versions, BMW’s newest all-wheel drive system, xDrive, is standard. The xDrive system performs stepless and variable distribution of torque between the front and rear wheels.

The X5 4.8is will be available at BMW dealers in late Spring, 2004.

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