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.
A few days ago, we told you about the BMW X6 Interceptor that has been making an impression on a lot of people, partly because it’s so unfailingly awesome and partly because it was built by the Russian tuning house, Met-R.
And just to give us an even clearer picture on what kind of extraordinary X6 the boys from Met-R have created, they’ve kindly provided us a slick promo video of the tuned-up X6 Interceptor that, after watching it, will surely drive your curiosities straight through the roof.
As a reminder, the Interceptor comes with a package that includes an aggressive body kit highlighted by a redesigned front bumper, a revised grille, a rear diffuser, modified side sills, wheel arch extensions, a rear spoiler, and a set of BBS wheels, rounding out to a complete package that costs 297,000 rubles or in Benjamin-speak, about $9,740.
When it comes to Russians and their cars, you never know what will come next. The X6 Interceptor by Met Ru is no exception. The tuning kit is offered in two versions: a normal version priced at 297,000 rubles ($9,689) and a carbon fiber version, 397,000 rubles ($12,951); both being all about getting aggressive.
The Russian tuner added an aggressive front bumper with huge air intakes and kidney eyebrows derived from the 6-Series, expanded arches and sills, a new rear bumper, diffuser and vertical fog lamps. The car is topped off with huge BBS wheels.
The package was designed by Zaur Khalilov and was done using a 3D rendering software. And there is something the tuner would like to tell you: "Be individual, do not be afraid to take risks and enjoy the revolution." Interesting, no?
UPDATE 06/01/2010: Check out the new promo video made by Met-R for the new BMW X6 Interceptor! Just click on the picture above.
The BMW X6M has been a little bit of a loose lady these days. Many auto tuners have gotten a piece of this vehicle and have tuned it up to their liking. The latest company to give her a go is AC Schnitzer. They have created an extensive carbon fiber body kit complete with all of the accessories for the interior, plus a performance upgrade.
The Aachen-based tuning specialists have started this package off with a front spoiler, rear roof spoiler, rear wing, and rear diffuser all made of carbon fiber. They have also added carbon fiber design elements to the front skirt and chromed front grille. The front of the car is highlighted by the AC Schnitzer carbon bonnet which features a clear view of the engine thanks to the plexiglass panoramic window placed in the center of it. They have also thrown in optional carbon bonnet vents. The exterior is rounded off by Falcon wheel arch extensions that add 40mm to each side making the car appear wider. Since no car is complete without the rims, AC Schnitzer has provided a choice of 20", 22" or 23" wheels in a plethora of types.
The interior will receive carbon interior trim and an AC Schnitzer steering wheel spokes with the new “black Exclusiv” design. Carbon isn’t the only material that was used leaving the cover for the i-Drive system controller and the footrest and pedal set to be outfitted in aluminum. The final touch is a throwback to the 80’s with velour foot mats.
Hit the jump for the full review and press release.
It seems that the new BMW X6 M has developed quite a following within the auto tuning industry, sort of like how a hot new student is getting the attention of all the frat boys in a party. Well, the latest auto tuner to develop a kit for the smoking hot SUV is - surprise, surprise - Vorsteiner! These guys never get tired of spicing up BMWs, don’t they?
As far as we can tell, Vorsteiner’s tuning package is mostly focused on improving the X6 M’s aerodynamics. Among the modifications included in the kit include a front spoiler, a vented hood, a roof spoiler, a deck lid spoiler and a rear diffuser that are all made out of carbon fiber. The package is finished by One-Piece Forged V-102 Wheels in 23 inches in a Satin Brushed Aluminum finish.
Never heard of Nowack Motors? Don’t worry, you are not the only one! But with a 715 hp tuning program for the new BMW X6 M, we had to write about it! And to obtain that incredible output the tuner modified the turbochargers, added high performance exhaust manifolds, installed motorsport catalytic converters, and reprogrammed the ECU module. The result? 715 hp and a peak torque of 845 Nm.
Besides the engine upgrade the tuner is also offering a 22" Nowack Motors light alloy wheels, a high efficiency brake system (front and rear axle) and various different suspension upgrades, but also the finest Scottish leather available, various multimedia applications as well as High-end HiFi-systems for the interior.
If the Hamann based BMW X6 is called Tycoon EVO, the tuning program for the BMW X6 M is called Tycoon Evo M, of course. Announced today it will make its world debut next week at the Geneva Motor Show.
If for the Tycoon Evo the maximum output went up to 501 HP, for the EVO M the output is raised to an impressive 670 hp (an extra 115 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 780 Nm of torque at 1,500 – 5,650 r.p.m. As a result the sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 4,2 seconds and the top speed goes up to 186 mph.
The exterior package includes: front and the rear wing extensions made of light composite materials, newly designed side skirts, front apron with the four striking LED daytime running lights, enlarged air inlets in the front and a carbon bonnet, a roof spoilers and 23-inch wheels.
UPDATED 03/11/2011: Hamann has updated their Tycoon EVO M model with an impressive carbon fiber package. The new front spoiler lip, rear diffuser, rear boot lid wing and roof wing, rear lights surrounds, roof rails, side mirror casings and bonnet are all made in carbon fiber. We have added lots of new images with the update to our review, so enjoy!
BMW continues to jump across different mainstreams in yet another marketing effort to promote their vehicles.
A week after we reported about the BMW X5’s ‘star billing’ in the soon-to-be-released movie, “The Ghost Writer”, BMW is jumping on another marketing platform onto the Black Eyed Peas’ latest music video, “Imma Be Rocking That Body”.
Two BMW vehicles – the BMW Superbike, S1000RR, and the BMW ActiveHybrid X6 – make an appearance in the rather futuristic music video. While they don’t play as prominent a role as the X5 does in the movie “The Ghost Writer”, the cameos of both the ActiveHybrid X6 and the S1000RR has served as pretty good advertising for BMW, especially in YouTube, where the video currently has over 800,000 hits already.
A special BMW X6 will make its debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show: a X6 with wide range of products from BMW Performance. The BMW Performance Aerodynamics Kit for the BMW X6 includes: front bumper, side-sills and an insert for the rear bumper, all in special design and all finished in body color and can be extended to a rear spoiler, rear fins in matte black and a front grid finished in high-gloss black paint. There is also a set of 21" light-alloy wheels.
Also, thanks to the new BMW Performance Power Kit the maximum output of the V8 engine can be raised by 41 hp to a total of 448 hp. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is also improved by 0.2 seconds.
The new BMW X6 with Performance Aerodynamics Kit will be available stating June 2010.
Aside from the German tuning firm Hamann, the fellow Bavarian automotive restyling experts at Lumma Design are the second tuners scheduled to unveil an appearance package for the high horsepower BMW X6 M. Called CLR X650 M, the kitted sport activity vehicle will be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show wearing a set of bold bumpers, aggressive side skirts and a more pronounced rear spoiler while riding on a set of oversized alloys measuring 23 inches in diameter.
The twin turbocharged 4.4 Liter V8 engine has been tweaked to produce a total of 650 HP and can now sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in 4.5 seconds and reach a ridiculous 194 MPH top speed.
UPDATE 06/22/2010: Check out what happens when Lumma Design partners together with TopCar by checking out the Lumma CLR X650 M’s photo session in a beautiful Monte Carlo Blue. Photos after the jump!
Hamann MotorSport revealed a new customization program for the BMW X6 M. The exterior kit includes a new front bumper with LED daytime running lamps, central rear muffler, small rear spoiler, fiberglass roof spoiler and 23" Ultra-light forged 3-piece alloy wheels.
As for the engine, thanks to a recalibration of standard ECU the total output has been raised to 610 HP at 6000 RPM (up from a standard 555 HP) and the peak torque to 780 Nm at 1500 - 5650 RPM (up from 680 Nm). The top speed has also been increased to 180 MPH.
And if this is not enough for you, Hamann can go even further. With the addition of Sport high-performance catalysts, intermediate pipe with x-venturi, sport rear muffler with 4 tailpipes and optimized curve maps the output can be raised to 670 HP and the peak torque to 850 Nm from 1,500 - 5,650 RPM. In this case the X6 M’s top speed is 183 MPH.