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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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!

We fully understand the sense of irony with the name Romeo Ferraris and the cars that they work on, but nevertheless, it doesn’t take away from the quality of work they’ve done over the years.

Fresh off their works on the Smart ForTwo , the Abarth 500 , and the Audi RS6 , the Italian aftermarket company is turning its attention on a pair of high-powered German SUVs in the form of the BMW X5M and the BMW X6M .
In this instance, Romeo Ferraris prepared a conversion kit for both the X5M and the X6M, and the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine they come in. The first step of the kit involves reprogramming their ECU systems, bumping up the output to 604 horsepower and 574 lb/ft of torque - up from the standard 555 horsepower and 501 lb/ft of torque it comes in. The next step after that is mapping and adding a pair of optional central terminals and sports matches. This upgrade further bumps up the SUVs output to a staggering 655 horsepower and 638 lb/ft of torque.

On top of the engine upgrade, Romeo Ferraris is also offering an enhanced braking system that comes with 6-piston front calipers, 380 x 32 mm discs, and 4 piston rear discs 380 × 28 mm, as well as an exterior and interior customization program that features outdoor films available in a number of options - carbon effect, opaque, or colored - and an interior that can be dressed up with either leather or Alcantara with matching Romeo Ferraris sports pedals to boot.

It might sound a little insensitive to be talking about a tuning package that makes reference to a natural disaster given the things going on in Japan these days, but then again, G-Power ’s work on the new X6 M dubbed the ’Typhoon S’ certainly has no connection to the tragedies in Japan.

The German tuning firm has made a handsome living with their works on BMWs in the past, and with their latest offering, these guys are still a long way from slowing down.

The ’Typhoon S’ features a comprehensive tuning package for the X6, one that includes both aerodynamic and performance improvements. Despite having little to no interior upgrades, G-Power still dressed up the SUV’s exterior with new body parts that improve not just the car’s overall look, but also its effect on performance figures. And speaking of power updates, the Typhoon S was given quite the performance spike, reaching an output north of 726 horsepower - compare that to the Typhoon’s ’pedestrian’ 600-horsepower output - making this particular X6 one of the most powerful of its kind in the world.

Details on the G-Power X6 M Typhoon S after the jump.

If yesterday Lumma was revealing the CLR 558 GT package based on the new generation Porsche Cayenne , today the tuner announced the CLR X650 package based on the BMW X6 . The name might sound familiar to you as last year the tuner revealed the CLR X650 M based on the BMW X6 M . Official debut will be made at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

The exterior package includes a new front spoiler, rear bumper, side skirts, sporty looking bonnet, rear spoiler and carbon fiber inserts on the rear lip, mirror covers, front kidneys and headlamp visors. For the interior Lumma is offering leather upholstered sports steering wheel and leather covered carbon-look interior ledges. All the interior is covered in leather upholstery in black and beige, complete with decorative seams in the contrasting color. The final touch to the car’s interior upgrade is the color coordinated instruments and the aluminum pedals with anti-slip rubber coating.

The engine updates is only offered for the diesel versions. Thanks to an accelerator pedal power module and a new sports exhaust system the engine now delivers 340 HP and 670 NM of torque.

When BMW launched the X6 out on the market, many members of the press highly doubted that this "sports activity coupe" would stand a chance at success, but the customers spoke and the X6 turned out to be more successful than BMW itself expected. Then, soon after the surprising success of the X6, Acura brought their own version of the X6 and now Audi has announced plans to build their own version of the crossover to serve as competition to the original.

When talking about the X6 in an interview with Inside Line, Audi Group Design’s Wolfgang Egger said: "It has been a big success in China, where it’s become a second car driven by women. There, it’s a female sports car." He then added that Audi’s Q3 (pictured above) is just enough to serve as competition for the BMW, but he also said that Audi could do better. How much better is yet to be seen.

Egger also gave InsideLine some insight on other models in the Audi lineup. He said that the A1 line-up would include a five-door hatchback, a 180-HP S1 , and a cabriolet. As for the Quattro concept , Egger said that it "wasn’t dead," but has yet to be confirmed for production.

Source: Inside Line
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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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