Despite slow sales, the X6 is getting a second generation complete with the M version . The X5 , on which the X6 is based, got a healthy refresh for 2014 with new driveline options and updated powertrains. 2014 will be the first time the CUV is available in a rear-wheel-drive-only setup with AWD still remaining an option. If this carries over to the X6, it could significantly reduce the CUV’s base MSRP, and open up the vehicle to a new group of buyers. Selecting the RWD setup in the X5 saves customers $2,300 over the AWD version.
All-wheel-drive will probably remain a fixture in the X6 M, however, due to the high output of the turbocharged V-8 and its track-ready attitude. That power is likely to come from the M5 sedan’s 4.4-liter TwinPower V-8 that lays down 560 horsepower between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm and 502 pound-feet of torque between a low 1,500 and impressive 5,750 rpm.
The X6 still retains its coupe-like crossover appearance with it’s sloping roofline in its second generation. The M version seen here gets larger grille openings and signature quad exhaust outlets. Not present on this tester is a vented or power-bulged hood that will probably be on the production X6 M.
Pricing for the current-generation X6 M starts at $93,900 and grows quickly to over $100k with options. It’s likely pricing won’t move too far away from the current numbers, but if they do, they’ll be headed north.
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