Up for auction is this 2003 BMW E53 X5 4.6iS finished in Estoril Blue Metallic over an Imola Red Nappa leather interior. The X5 4.6iS was the sport model of the first-generation E53 X5, designed to compete with the Mercedes-Benz ML55 AMG in the rapidly growing high-performance SUV segment. The 4.6iS received a unique bored and stroked version of the M62 V8 motor along with larger brakes, model-specific trim, 20” wheels, and sport-tuned suspension. Acquired by the seller in 2018, this X5 4.6iS received a major engine service in 2021 and is now being offered for auction out of New York with approximately 75k miles showing on the odometer.
This E53 is reported to be only of only 422 U.S. examples produced in Estoril Blue Metallic (335) and features special body-colored front and rear valences, dual rectangular chrome exhaust tips, black wheel arch extensions, side skirts, and 20” Style 87 wheels. Additional features include high-gloss black Shadowline trim, black roof rails, xenon headlights with washers, and an integrated roof spoiler. The seller reports degradation of the paint on the roof as well as some other cosmetic imperfections throughout the exterior, detailed images are available in the gallery along with paint meter readings and a clean CARFAX report. The factory wheels come dressed in a set of Delinte Desert Storm D8 tires.
The interior features power-adjustable heated front sport seats and power-adjustable heated rear seats, upholstered in rare Imola Red Nappa leather with matching door panels, black carpeting, and silver Titan Line trim. This loaded X5 4.6iS also comes equipped with sunblinds for the rear windows, an Anthracite headliner, a power tilt/sliding sunroof, sun protection window glazing, Park Distance Control sensors, self-dimming mirrors, a rear-seat pass-through with an integrated ski bag, and an extendable rear load floor. Driver’s amenities include a leather-wrapped multi-function M-Sport steering wheel with M tri-color stitching, automatic climate control, rear air conditioning, BMW MK4 navigation, a Hi-Fi sound system with 6-CD changer, a variable tachometer with warm-up lights sourced from the E46 M3 and E39 M5, and rain-sensing windshield washers. Signs of wear are depicted on the driver’s seat as well as some missing pixels on the cluster’s OBC and some burnt-out areas on the navigation screen. A new LCD head unit will accompany the sale and the seller reports the keyless entry feature on the key fob is no longer functional.
The 4.6iS is powered by a unique bored and stroked version of BMW’s M62 V8 designated M62TUB46, which features a displacement of 4.6L, all-metal VANOS variable valve timing system, a new intake camshaft, higher compression, increased fueling, and a revised exhaust system. It produced 340 HP and 350 lb.-ft of torque when new and drives all four wheels through a modified 5-speed ZF Steptronic automatic transmission with a shorter final drive ratio and high-stall torque converter for quicker launches. The X5 4.6iS also receives larger brakes and an M-Sport tuned suspension with larger anti-roll bars than a standard X5. Routine oil and fluid changes have been addressed by an in-house mechanic under the current ownership and the seller reports a major engine service was performed by a BMW specialist in 2021 including new timing chain guides.
This sale will include a clean title and a new head unit. One of the original high-performance sport utility vehicles, the X5 4.6iS is a true modern classic. Do not miss out on this rare Estoril Blue over Imola Red 2003 example.