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.

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.

Aside from the aftermarket manufacturer G-Power , the German tuning firm Hartge has taken a crack at improving upon the BMW X6 M ’s greatness. Acknowledging the fact that BMW’s design team knew what they were doing at the drafting table, the bimmer specialists at Hartge made only a few minor changes to the sport activity vehicle’s exterior and chose to focus on improving the X6’s interior in order to provide their clients with a much more personalized driving experience.

BMW X6 M by Hartge

The biggest add on to the X6 M’s exterior are the new stylish Hartge design alloy wheels measuring a massive 22 inches in diameter mounted at all four corners and some select Hartge badging for identification purposes. The rollers are available in a variety of paint choices that include almost every factory body color as well as the option of matte, glossy or brilliant finishes. On the inside Hartge pulled out all the stops starting with a complete carbon fiber trim kit that covers the dash, center console and even the steering wheel.

BMW X6 M by Hartge

The lightweight black stuff is followed by more lightweight aluminum, milled from solid chunks these become a tasteful trio of pedals including the ever so important dead pedal. As far as the soft stuff is concerned, Hartge has included a set of black velour floor mats to spruce up the interior along with matching inserts in the leather seats so that the occupants stay in place when going around the tightest of turns. Overall, Hartge’s approach to the M powered X6 is subtle made up of only a few key components, but this is one instance where we can say that the end result is worth much more than just the sum of its parts.

Source: Hartge

We can’t think of anything more appropriate than a German tuner turning a few wrenches on one of Germany’s most powerful people movers. As they comes from the factory, the X5 M and X6 M models roar like muscle cars, so when G-Power gets done with them you can only image what the end product is like. However the high performance specialists focused on more then just upping the fastback sport activity vehicle’s output, that is why they started off with one of their wide body Typhoon body kits to get the ball rolling.


The first thing that G-Power modified was the 4.4 Liter Biturbo’s engine electronics that not only removes the factory set 155 MPH top speed limiter, but also increases the motor sport inspired SAV all the way up to 600 HP and 516 lb-ft of torque. This allows the G-Powered X5 and X6 M to sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.5 seconds and reach a terminal velocity of 186 MPH. Aside from the ultra aggressive front bumper from the Typhoon kit, the exterior is dressed up with a carbon fiber front spoiler with integrated oversized air inlets, lower hanging side skirts and of course a set of G-Power Silverstone Editionaluminum alloys measuring 23 inches in diameter.

Press release after the jump.

The BMW tuners at Lumma Design go to extreme lengths in order to please their customers, a little while ago they came out with the CLR X 650 kit for the BMW X6 sport activity vehicle. The massive bodykit broadens the SAV by about three inches on each side thanks to a set of wide body fenders from and back, the hood is vented and made from lightweight carbon fiber, the front bumper has been given a more aggressive treatment with larger openings and LED driving lights while an individualized rear bumper spruces things up out back complete with carbon diffuser. However this particular Russian customer wanted something a little different, instead of the typical gleaming white X6, they requested for a more intimidating flat black version and boy does it look impressive, especially riding on those massive 23 inch mesh spoke matte black rims.

BMW is the only automaker that can successfully come up with market segments and then serve them to customers who are more than eager to gobble them up. The German automakers latest creation is the BMW X6 SAV, or sports activity vehicle, now this differs from ordinary SUVs because instead of being a storage box on wheels an active lifestyle calls for truck like ground clearance combined with a fastback roofline and room for four, even though it still has the same footprint as a full sized sport utility vehicle. This sounds perfect for the American market.

2010 BMW ActiveHybrid X6 U.S. pricing announced

Despite the questionable nature of this fresh design, BMW is pushing the niche appeal of their luxury vehicle to the next level with a BMW X6 ActiveHybrid version and it will only cost consumers $89,775. Not bad considering that you will be able to counter any SUV protesters by informing them of your X6’s gas/electric hybrid drivetrain and then turn around and tell your muscle car friends about the BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology V8 and that you are laying down 485 HP and 575 lb-ft of torque to the pavement, just make sure that both conversations don’t coincide.

With the release of the new BMW X1 , it was only a matter of time before BMW released a new set of family photos featuring the ‘X-Family’ and its latest addition to the clan. As part of a marketing campaign designed to introduce customers to the ‘X-Family’, BMW released these photos showing all four SUVs posing and mugging for the camera. Of course, cars can’t really do that but you get the picture.

While the X1 is of course a new model, BMW doesn’t have plans on redesigning the X5 and the X6 for another few years. The odd one out in this photo is the X3 , which BMW is set to drop by the end of the year to pave way for the next-generation model to be launched sometime in 2010 along with the X4 that is if rumors surrounding the coupe-SUV hybrid become more than just hearsay.

In the meantime, the entry-level SUV title has been transferred to the X1, which incidentally, is already out in the European market.

Source: BMW Blog

Ian James Poulter is a very good golfer, good enough even to be included in two of the biggest golf tours in the world today, the US PGA and the European Tour. And while Poulter has proven that he’s pretty good with a golf club in his hands, few people know that he’s also a natural out on the race track.

Recently, Poulter sat behind the wheel of the all-new BMW X6 M and pretty much held his own with the hybrid SUV, taking it to the absolute limit and, surprisingly, he manoeuvred in and out of the chicanes effortlessly like a seasoned racing pro. Of course, he’s much better at swinging golf clubs than he is at racing SUVs, otherwise he probably would’ve found a way past that blue BMW in the video.

You can’t have too many talents, IJP. But we have to admit, you were impressive out there on the tracks.

Back in January the tuning house Hamann released an appearance package for the BMW X6 sports activity vehicle, the modified car was then called the Tycoon for its over the top styling featuring bold arches and a redesigned front end filled with all sorts of scoops and air vents. Well it is now September and the aftermarket specialists are preparing to debut the next step in their tuning program at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show.

BMW X6 based Hamann Tycoon EVO

The BMW Tycoon EVO comes complete with a new set of widened front fenders and rear quarter panel extensions made of a lightweight composite that adds about two inches to the X6’s width. The front bumper is similar to before except that this time there are two rows of powerful LED running lights inside the large air vents on either side of the car as well as the traditional projector fog lamps as well. The side skirts bring the body closer to the ground and at the same time bring it out to meet the new wide fenders. Out back is a pair of wings, more vents than you can shake a stick at and a mild diffuser at the bottom that frames two large fat pipes stick out from behind the middle of the Tycoon EVO letting onlookers know that this is no SUV to be messing with.

Hamann has a plan to increase the output of any BMW that could wear the Tycoon EVO kit. The 3.0 Liter twin turbocharged inline six cylinder engine found in the BMW X6 xDrive35i has been tuned to produce a maximum output of 360 hp and almost 400 lb-ft of torque, while the diesel powered xDrive30d now delivers a peak of 265 HP and 443 lb-ft of torque and the xDrive35d now makes 320 HP and 487 lb-ft of torque. The most powerful of all the X6 models, the xDrive50i with its 5.0 Liter twin turbo direct injected V8 gets 501 HP and 516 lb-ft of twist while the Tycoon EVO’s top speed goes up to 186 MPH.

Press release after the jump.

BMW has revealed the first presentation video for the new BMW X6 Active Hybrid model. The hybrid SUV combines a 407 HP V8 gasoline engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology and two electric synchronous motors delivering 91 HP and, respectively, 86 HP. Total output goes up to 485 HP and 575 lb-ft of torque. With this amount of power the new ActiveHybrid X6 sprints from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.6 seconds, while top speed is limited to 146 MPH.

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