MUNICH, GERMANY – BMW confirmed it will unleash higher-performance versions of the X6 and X5 crossover SUVs adorned with the coveted “M” label of its in-house performance unit, according to Car and Driver.

Unveiled via internet video in prototype form, the vehicles represent a contrast to existing M cars in that both the X6 and X5 top 5000 lbs., feature all-wheel drive, and are motivated by large V-8 engines mated to six-speed automatic transmissions.

BMW M’s Bernd Limmer — demonstrating the handling prowess of the test mules — says the X6 M will come to market with an enhanced version of the existing 4.4L twin-turbocharged V-8 (likely near 500 hp), as well as an optimized chassis/suspension setup and a stronger rear-wheel bias to the all-wheel-drive system for greater agility and less understeer, according to Car and Driver.