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.

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Top Gear USA To Premiere November 21st

Top Gear USA is starting to really come around as the US version of the famous car show heads towards the end of its very first season. Eventually we see the trio of Adam Ferrara, Ruttledge Wood, and Tanner Foust coming into their own and not constantly being compared to Clarkson, Hammond, and May, but that’s still a long ways off. The US hosts need to spend a lot more time in the hot seat before they can rid themselves of the constant criticism and ridicule. Nonetheless, we’re beginning to love the show and most of the hosts. Sorry to say, we still love to hate Adam Ferrara.

Episode Eight of Top Gear USA was just jam-packed with goodies, as Tanner and Ruttledge try to figure out if its faster to fly or drive from LA to Las Vegas, Bret Michaels takes a turn on the Top Gear test track, Rutt and Tanner review a Porsche Panamera Turbo and a BMW X6M , respectively.

Hit the jump to get all of the details on Top Gear’s eighth episode.

Akrapovic has been making its way down the sports car list, with tuning kits provided for the Ferrari 458 Italia and the Mitubishi Evo X . This time, however, the tuner has gone on to tuning something bigger: the BMW X6 M . So far, the secretive tuners have only released some images for the new project, but we imagine that this package will see some of the same updates as the previous ones.

A standard BMW X6 M is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine that delivers 555 hp at 6,000 rpm and 500 lb-ft of torque from 1500 to 5,650 rpm, but with the new exhaust system we expect to see a power increase of at least 10 HP. The new exhaust system will also be lighter by at least 14 kilos in turn making the SUV lighter. Combine all of this with a red exterior paint, a new set of wheels painted in black, and the black color of exhaust system and we get the perfect X6 M.

Unfortunately for Akrapovic, there’s already been an extremely nice tuning kit provided for the sports car by the guys over at Vorsteiner . Well, technically, there have been two packages considering Vorsteiner was displeased with the first one and decided to add to it. Now all we have to do is wait to see the final product for the Akrapovic package.

Six months ago we got a sneak peek at what was to become a hot little package for the BMW X6 M by Vorsteiner . We had to wait this long for it, but we are finally able to provide the details for this package by the famous BMW -loving tuners. While this package sees absolutely zero engine upgrades - BUMMER! - it does come with a new aerodynamic package that makes the X6 M look absolutely amazing.

Among the modifications provided for the sporty SUV include a new front add-on spoiler that is constructed out of carbon fiber composite (CFRP), a new front spoiler designed to add downforce to the front axle at high speeds while directing more air into the front radiators and air duct openings, and an all-new power dome sculpted vented carbon composite hood.

Follow the upgrades to the back of the car and you will find a new sporty carbon fiber diffuser that replaces the factory plastic unit, 3 modular aero fins that are attached to the main body of the diffuser in addition to 2 vented slits to help cool the exhaust system and a carbon add-on rear deck lid spoiler that balances the additional down force of the new front end. The package is finished by forged 1-piece monoblock aluminum wheels and high performance Michelin PS2 sport tires.

UPDATE 12/02/2010: Alas sometimes even tuners are left dissatisfied with their work. This is the case with Vorsteiner’s aerodynamic package for the BMW X6M. It seems the California-based tuning firm have decided to add a new VRS Vented Race Hood to the already stunning X6M. Hit the jump to check out the details for this addition, as well as the press release.

Not one to be left out of the auto tuning madness going around these days, German tuning firm, Hartge, has revealed the latest program for the BMW X6 . As BMW ’s pre-eminent luxury SUV, the X6 has been the subject of countless modifications from a number of tuning houses in the past, with one of them being Herbet Hartge and his boys.

With this new package, the German tuning house from Beckingen, Germany offers a wide range of modifications on the X6, including a number of exterior and interior refinements and a performance upgrade.

Judging by their reputation in the auto tuning world as one of the best aftermarket shops to bring your BMWs, there’s no denying that Hartge went all out in giving the X6 a complete overhaul that only a tuning house like Hartge can provide. Apart from BMWs, these guys have also built a reputation as master tuners for MINI and Range Rover .

For now though, the onus is on the BMW X6, so check out what these guys did after the jump.

Source: Hartge

When it comes to the tuning firm, Mansory, we’re already used to seeing some of the most amazing tuning packages, and their latest kit for the BMW X6 M is no exception. True to Mansory’s style, the tuner has modified just about everything there was to modify on the vehicle: bodywork, performance, and interior.

The exterior package includes a new front spoiler with larger air intakes and an extra light bonnet made entirely of carbon. Newly designed side skirts, a newly designed rear skirt, and a roof spoiler were also added to transform the look of the car, and let’s not forget the 23" light alloy rims. For the interior, Mansory is offering any combination of leather, Alcantara, wood, carbon, or aluminum trim, and just about any technical gadget imaginable.

And now the most important part: the engine. A standard X6 M develops a total of 555 hp at 6,000 rpm and 500 lb-ft of torque from 1500 to 5,650 rpm, but Mansory updated the output to an amazing 670 HP and a huge torque of 950 Nm at 5900 rpm. In order to obtain this raise, the tuner added an entirely new exhaust system complete with exhaust manifold and perfected engine electronics. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph.

Press release after the jump.

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The first news surrounding an X4 model came about in 2007, but they were amplified earlier this year when other several automotive outlets reported on a future, smaller version of the BMW X6 . According to our source, BMWBlog, the BMW X4 has moved from an idea to the Concept stage and will be showing its little face in 2011. The production model will be launched in early 2014 and will share its underpinnings and interior parts with the X3 . Some similarities will include the engine lineup including a 2-liter diesel engine that will deliver 177 hp, a 3-liter diesel that will deliver 231 hp, and the turbo version that will deliver 300 hp. The petrol engine will start from a 2-liter four-cylinder engine that will deliver 163 hp and will go up to a 3-liter turbo engine that will deliver 306 hp.

The X4 will be exclusively built at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, currently home of the production X3 . Maybe the increased production facilities have something to do with the new car.

Just what we needed, another cross over!

Source: BMW Blog
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When it comes to the business of aftermarket BMW bits, AC Schnitzer are the people you speak to. Not only because their quality and fitment is superb, but also because they’re the only BMW approved tuning company – meaning your bulletproof BMW Motorplan remains intact. They offer a host of aesthetic and performance parts for almost every BMW, amongst the favorites being their performance exhaust systems. Not only do they sound much sportier than the factory items, but they also help free up a few horses and Newton-meters to your chosen ride. In this feature you can listen to not only the tuned versions, but also their factory counterparts for an all-round aural experience. Be prepared to fork out some cash though – one of these babies doesn’t come cheap! Cars include: BMW 550i (F10) , BMW Z4 sDrive35is , different versions of the 650 BHP BMW X6M Falcon by AC Schnitzer , BMW 135i and 335i , and the BMW E92 M3 .

Check out the videos after the jump and don’t forget to turn up the volume!

Source: BMW Blog

Usually an output bigger than 600 HP and a top speed of 200 mph are specifications for a sports car, and not an SUV. However, when you put together a BMW with the appropriate specifications, anything is possible!

Manhart Racing has developed a new M6XR Twin Turbo package for the BMW X6M that takes the V8’s specifications to an impressive 687 HP. In order to obtain this amazing output, the tuner had to overhaul the engine’s electronics, including DME control, and had to put in a catalytic conversion including modifications to the converters. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 198 mph. And if this still isn’t enough for the typical enthusiast, the tuner has also announced plans for a new version that will develop more than 700 HP.

The tuning package also includes a new stainless steel exhaust system, with four 90 mm tailpipes and two 200-cell HJS racing catalytic converters and a new set of 23" sport wheels.

Amazingly, the output provided for the X6 M is even larger than the power added to the BMW M3 E92 back in February . When Manhart Racing attacked the sports car, they were only able to squeak out 655hp!

Press release after the jump.

British tuner, Superchips, has decided that diesel engines can be just as much fun as their petrol counterparts, so they decided to do a little reconfiguring for BMW’s 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine that powers models like the BMW 3-Series , 5-Series , 7-Series , X5 , and X6 .

Superchips was able to increase the power of the diesel engine by 44hp at 4183 rpm and 90 Nm of torque at just 2222 rpm. This brings the total output to 313hp and 627Nm of torque. In order to accomplish this task, Superchips had to perform a remap of the engine while taking into consideration the "careful optimization of fueling and turbo boost settings". According to Superchips, this reconfiguration allows for a sharper throttle response, a keener, more urgent engine, a harder pull throughout the rev range.

The BMW 3.0 D ECU remap is priced at £445.00 and comes with a 12 month/30,000 mile supplementary vehicle warranty.

Press release after the jump.

Ever since its official launch, the BMW X6 has received plenty of attention from tuners around the world. The latest kit comes from Enco Exclusive and is based on making the X6 even wider, brawnier and, naturally, sportier.

The package includes a new front bumper with three large air intakes, integrated LED daytime driving lamps, full wheels arch surrounds, and a pair of new side skirts. Traveling down to the back of the car, the tuner have modified the rear doors so that the line of the car isn’t broken. Once they reached the back of the vehicle, the tuners added a new bumper and a new diffuser that is integrated into the bumper. Enco has also added a new, centrally positioned sports exhaust system with four round stainless steel tailpipes.

The package is finished by a set of 23" Jura wheels wrapped in 315/25 R3 tires. Adding a little class to the package is the black and white exterior color combination. Total price of this package is 15,000 euro (or about 19,000USD). It’s definitely one way to go, but if you really want a killer package that costs less than this one with a more aggressive look, then we suggest you take a look at the 2010 BMW X6 Interceptor by Met-R . The Met-R package offers a lot of the same upgrades for the X6, but for a much cheaper price (between $9,689 and $12,951), and you don’t have to live with a split color palette.

Press release after the jump.

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