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.
Often we see police cars made from supped up sports cars, but an ambulance is a different story. That is exactly what BMW will unveil at RETTmobil, an ambulance version of their X6 sport activity vehicle. Besides having an awfully powerful engine, 407 HP to be exact, the X6 ambulance is loaded with specialty equipment like navigation, intelligent cruise control, energy efficient LED lighting and cameras mounted throughout the vehicle.
BMW announced the US pricing for the newly launched X6 M and X5 M Sporty SUVs. Revealed at the New York Auto Show, the two models will go on sale at a price of $86,225 for the X5 M and $89,725 for the X6M.
Both models are powered by a 4,4 liter twin-scroll, twin-turbo charged V8 engine that delivers 555 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a M Sports transmission. The M models can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4,5 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph.
The two models come equipped with Dynamic Performance Control, special M suspensions and Adaptive Drive, along with a new Servotronic power steering and Active Roll Stabilization system. Other available options are: Head Up Display, Rear View Camera and High Beam Assistant.
The BMW tuners Hartge from Germany’s Saarland region have modified a diesel variant of the German Automaker latest Sports Activity Vehicle. The Hartge BMW X6 is a blend of high-performance street machine and crossover workhorse. The output of the straight 6 has been boosted to produce 328 HP and almost 500 lb-ft of torque while consuming less fuel. The body has also been widened to accommodate the addition of 22 inch rims.
Just a few days after the official launch, BMW also announced the German prices on the new X5 and X6 M models. The X6 M is priced at 108,500 euro ($143,800 at the current exchange rates), while for the X5 M the European customers will have to pay 105,900 euro ($140,370 at the current rates). Anyway in USA the price will be kept in the $90k area.
Both models are 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. The engine is mated to a 6-speed M sports automatic transmission.
So the BMW X5 looks too much like an SUV for you, but you still don’t want to give up the go-fast SUV? So for those whose ideal vehicle it a sedan/SUV/sports car, BMW has made the X6 M.
While the car’s function may be hard to define, the mechanical elements aren’t. The 4.4-liter V8 engine is given a new set of turbochargers and a revised exhaust manifold to create 555 hp at 6,000 rpm and 500 lb-ft of torque from 1500 to 5,650 rpm (155 more hp than the 4.4-liter offered in the standard X6.) Just like its mechanical twin, the BMW X5 M, the engine is mated to a 6-speed M sports automatic transmission. BMW pegs the 0 to 60 mph time in 4.5 seconds - 0.8 seconds quicker than the standard 4.4-liter X6.
If the X6 M must be driven like a sports car, then at least BMW has installed the Dynamic Performance Control stability system that first appeared on the standard X6.
Just like the X5 M, the X6 gets a new set of 20-inch ten-spoke ally wheels, a wide jowl front bumper, and a full body kit.
More pics and full breakdown in the press release after the jump
BMW just launched a microsite on the internet announcing that the high-performance M versions of the X5 and X6 will make their debut 30 days from now. Considering the New York Auto Show starts on April 19, that means both models will be revealed ahead of the show.
As revealed in the teaser video, the sport activity vehicles will be powered by a twin scroll turbocharged V8 engine, which just backs up our suspicions of the 500+ hp 4.4-liter twin turbo powerplant making an appearance in these SAVs.
When BMW released the X6 they created a new segment for automobiles, the Sports Activity Vehicle. Lumma Design have taken that idea to the extreme and are preparing the CLR X650 GT for Geneva. The vehicle has significant aerodynamic improvements as well as some refining touches to the interior.
BMW brought its hybrid program to the Detroit Auto Show this year. While the BMW X6 Hybrid and the new BMW 7-Series Hybrid are nothing new, the announcement was: BMW will have these hybrid cars in U.S dealerships by the end of this year.
The "two-mode" hybrid system for these Bimmers was developed in conjunction with General Motors and Chrysler. So we’ve seen this system before in cars like the Dodge Durango Hybrid we had in our fleet.
The BMW 7 Series Hybrid should use a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that delivers 407 hp and 442lb ft, working in combination with an AC electric motor that can add another 20 hp and 155lb ft of torque. We don’t have as much detail yet on the X6 hybrid, but we do know it will use a V8 gas engine partnered with an electric motor. Both cars will also likely take advantage of stop/start technology and regenerative braking to boost milage and power.
As goes the X5, so goes the X6. A couple of weeks ago we saw a preview video of the X5 M edition, and now BMW has release a similarly styled video with a thinly veiled X6 M. The video noted that the car will have a V8 engine with two turbochargers, which just backs up our suspicions of the 500+ hp 4.4-liter twin turbo powerplant making an appearance in this car/truck.