The BMW X6 is a four-passenger luxury crossover or "sports activity coupe" as BMW likes to call it. It went on sale in the second quarter of 2008 with a promise of combining the benefits of an SUV and a coupe into one convenient little package.
The current X6 is powered by a plethora of engine options. The first is a 3.0L twin turbo engine producing 300/320hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. The second engine is a 4.4L twin turbo V8 delivering 400/440hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. The 4.4L V8/electric hybrid option pushes out 480 net ho and 575 net lb-ft of torque, while on the opposite side of the spectrum is the 4.4L twin turbo V8 that gets 555hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. These engines are mated to a six-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission.
The third and last model announced by BMW M Performance Automobiles today is the X6 M50d. Just like with the M550d xDrive and the X5 M50d the X6 M50d will be making its world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show and will go on sale in Germany on June 16 at a starting price of 85,800 euro ($112,800 at the current exchange rates).
The BMW X6 M50d shares the same 3.0 liter six-cylinder in-line diesel engine that delivers a total of 381 HP and a peak torque of 546 lb-ft. The SUV will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds and top speed is limited to 155 mph. Fuel economy has been reported at 37.7 mpg. The model has a fuel economy of 36.7 mpg.
Just like X5 M50d the space reserved for the foglamps has been replaced by new air intakes that help cooling the engine. The car gets Ferric Grey horizontal bars, race-inspired air-channeling flaps and a standard set of 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in double-spoke design.
With the 2012 BMW X6 well on its way to a refreshing change, our spy photographers have captured what seems to be an odd looking X6M version lapping the Nurburgring. The body is clearly an X6M, but if you take a look at the air scoop on the hood, you’ll notice that it has been changed up a bit to allow for more airflow. This leaves us with some rather interesting choices as to what can be hiding underneath the hood.
For starters, it could be a high powered version of the twin-turbo V8 typically found in the X6M, but it could also be the rumored tri-turbo high-power diesel engine. If it’s the latter, then that would make this a test mule for the BMW X6 xDrive 55dM (name not official). Insiders at BMW have said that the tri-turbo diesel engine would appear in the facelifted X6 first, followed by an appearance in the 5-Series line as the M550dX. Whichever model gets priority over this engine, it is said to develop around 500 plus horsepower (between 500hp and 540 hp) and a torque north of 650 lb-ft., which would explain the adjusted scoop and increased air flow.
UPDATE 12/02/2011: BMW has unveiled the first teaser video of their upcoming facelift X6 M equipped with the company’s brand new tri-turbo 3.0-liter diesel engine. The video is called “A new chapter powered by M. Step 1," which can only mean that the official debut is getting closer!
UPDATE 12/15/2011: BMW has unveiled a new teaser video for the upcoming X6 M. Called "A new chapter powered by M. Step 2," the new video features Brian Watts - BMW M GmbH Head of Global Sales and Marketing - who describes the car as follow: "This is a new kind of car. On every road, you feel like you’re on a race track."
We’ll continue to stay abreast of this mystery and get back with official details as soon as they become available.
Most of the packages from Senner Tuning have focused on vehicles such as the Nissan 370Z and the Audi A5, but now the tuner has diverted their attention to a larger car: the BMW X6. Their tuning package has it all, with exterior and interior upgrades, as well as a 30 HP power increase.
The exterior modifications err toward the side of the M6, with a new front bumper, large air intakes in a honeycomb design, a new tailgate, and a modified exhaust system. The standard wheels were whisked away and replaced with a new set of 22" wheels, leading towards the bottom part of the X6 where the tuner added a Bilstein B8 shocks system and springs with 25/20 mm lowering feature. The interior was only perked up with a new pedal set and a new DVD system to entertain any and all guests of the crossover.
The boost in power provided for the X6 takes the standard 3.0L turbodiesel engine of the xDrive40d and gives it an ECU remap and a new sports air filter. These changes take the standard 306 HP and brings it up to 336 HP. It’s nothing to write home about, but at least it gets the job done.
BMW is preparing to offer a facelift version for the X6 sometime next year, but these changes will be the last the car will receive because, in 2015, BMW will begin the SUV’s second generation. The BMW X6 has quickly become a successful model mostly due to the fact that it doesn’t have much competition. This second generation was imperative because, in 2014, both Audi and Mercedes will be bringing out decent competitors.
BMW will work on the car’s overall look, but their focus will mostly be on reducing the SUV’s total weight and its fuel economy. It has been rumored that BMW will cut about 330 lbs, so the next X6 will weigh about 4,400 lbs. The engine line-up will also get some changes: the entry level version will now use a base four-cylinder engine with 245 HP, while the top version plans to get a 405 HP straight-six engine. There will also be a hybrid just like the current generation.
Next to the technical improvements, BMW will also be working on making the car more agile and more aerodynamic. The interior will also receive higher quality materials and all the latest BMW technologies.
While BMW is preparing a refresh version for the X6 SUV, the tuners are looking for all kind of possibilities to update the current model. The last one to offer such a package is the German tuner CLP Automotive. For 10,00 euro (about $13,500 at the current exchange rates) you can get a pretty impressive upgrade package for both the exterior and the interior.
The exterior package includes a new front apron with a central air shaft, a widening of the front fenders, a side skirt of a special kind, door panels, widening rear fenders as well as a rear bumper. These new items can be made either in a paintable version or much more solid carbon. At customer’s request the tuner can also offer headlight covers and/or a rear spoiler.
The car sits on a new set of German Diamonds High-end aluminum cutting wheels size 11x23 inches at the front and even 12.5 x23 inches at the rear at painted in an impressive Golden Claw.
The facelift version of the BMW X6 has been caught testing yet again, still wearing the almost non-existent camouflage found on the previous prototype. The only difference between the first set of images and this one is that this prototype is now donning the correct bumpers and displaying the new position of the BMW’s fog-lights.
Compared to the current X6, the facelift model includes new headlights with squared off angel eyes as found in all of the new BMW models, smaller changes to the bumpers, and redesigned rear lights. The rear lights will appear with new graphics and BMW’s latest LED design.
As of right now, those are the only changes present on the updated X6. Power will still comes from the standard line of engines found in the current model: a 3.0L twin turbo engine producing 300/320 HP and a 4.4L twin turbo V8 delivering 400/440 HP.
The Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner and automakers are still releasing tidbits of information to keep our interest until the doors open on September 13, 2011. It’s BMW’s turn now, and the German automaker is packing their Frankfurt bags with an M Performance range of accessories for the X6 M, as well as accessories for the X5 M.
The BMW X6M Performance Edition will be easily recognizable with its CSL tri-color stripes slathered on the new BMW M Performance carbon front splitter and the model-specific BMW M Performance side skirts, among other places. The exterior is then further tweaked with a new black front grille, a BMW M Performance rear spoiler, and black BMW M Performance tail fins. Polishing off the look of the X6M is a new set of 21-inch BMW M Performance light alloy wheels in a double-spoke design.
Next to the exterior modifications provided for the vehicle, the BMW X6M also gets a BMW M Performance steering wheel with an Alcantara cover and a flat-bottom rim. The steering wheel also sports three-color M stitching and a center marker in racing blue at the top.
We’ll know more behind the BMW X6M Performance Edition once it debuts in Frankfurt so stay tuned!
BMW will be unveiling the special edition X5 and X6 Exclusive Editions at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. Both of these models were created by using special paints and materials. The two models will be put on sale this fall.
The X5 and X6 Exclusive Editions will be painted in an exclusive Orion Silver Metallic color that is only available on the 6-Series and will be combined with soft Nevada leather, special wheels, and a dark bamboo interior strip. Currently there are no details on the engine that will be used for the two models, but we do not expect to see big changes under the hood.
These new exclusive editions will only be offered for the top versions of the two models which are powered by a V8 petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo and direct injection. This engine delivers a total of 407 bhp at 5,500 – 6,400 rpm.
Ever since the BMW X6’s official launch back in 2007, Lumma Design has offered numerous updates for it. Just recently, they presented the world with the CLR X 650 and now they’re coming at us with another package that features both exterior and interior updates, as well as significant engine updates.
The exterior updates include a new front spoiler with enlarged air inlets, head light "eye brows" and mirror hatches, a rear spoiler lip, and a sportive look engine bonnet, all made in carbon fiber. The rear gets a modified rear apron with a demanding diffuser. Rouding out the exterior is a new set of 22" wheels. The wheels have been combined with yellow painted brake calipers and a ride height reduced by 40 millimeters.
The interior gets an ergonomically formed and upholstered sport steering wheel with a bicolor interior fitting in rhombus optics and contrasting ornamental seams, front and rear sport seats in structured carbon leather, leather upholstered interior borders, aluminum pedals with slip-resistant rubber dots, and lit door sill panels with the LUMMA logo.
For the engine updates, the BMW X6 gets a sport exhaust system in an X6 M look with 4x100 mm tail pipes in black racing optics. As a result, the serial diesel engine now delivers a total of 340 HP (up from 306 HP).
Don’t worry, no one has manufactured high heels and extravagant wigs to place on any undeserving vehicles, but we have found a drag race that errs on the side of weird. Motortrend has taken a chance on a very eccentric review by pitting three out-of-place vehicles against one another: the BMW X6 M, Cadillac CTS-V Wagon, and Porsche Panamera.
If you take a look at the specs for these three models, a drag race may not seem too strange a task to undertake. The BMW X6M is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 mated to a six-speed automatic with manual shift paddles that together produce 555 HP and 501 lb-ft of torque. It gets from 0-60 mph in a whopping 4.3 seconds. The Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon comes equipped with a 6.2 liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers a total of 556 hp and 551 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine can be coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic. It also does the 0-60 mph sprint in 4.3 seconds. The last awkward vehicle of the test was a Porsche Panamera and its 4.6L twin turbo V8. This engine produces 500hp and 568 lb-ft of torque when mated to a Porsche’s 7-speed twin clutch transmission.
We won’t spoil all of the fun and tell you who won this crazy race, but we will tell you that this video is a definite must-see!