The debut of AC Schnitzer’s tuning kit for the new BMW X6 at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show meant it would only be a matter of time before a similar program would be unveiled for the more powerful X6 M. Well, it certainly didn’t take long because the German tuner has just released the details for the said program.

Similar to the setup of the X6 tuning kit, the version of the X6 M is as comprehensive as it’s going to get. It has exterior modifications, suspension upgrades, and minor interior improvements. Most importantly, it comes with an impressive engine upgrade that adds almost 80 horsepower to the X6 M’s output.

AC Schnitzer hasn’t said how much the program’s going to cost. I do think that the cost of acquiring this program would fall somewhere in the $10,000 to $15,000 range. If you are really interested in the program, your best bet is to hit up AC Schnitzer to get a quote on the kit. Since some parts can be added as extra options, the price could vary depending on what you want to put into your X6 M.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW X6 M by AC Schnitzer.

  • 2016 BMW X6 M by AC Schnitzer
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    650
  • 0-60 time:
    4 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    186 mph (Est.)
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Exterior

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The standard BMW X6 M already packs a load of aerodynamic components. Huge vents, air intakes, and diffusers are all scattered throughout the coupe-SUV, helping spread cool air to the twin-turbocharged V-8 engine, and the massive brake pads.

AC Schnitzer’s also offering optional chrome design elements for hood vents and a nice rear skirt decor film.

To its credit, AC Schnitzer didn’t overhaul these components since they’re all already in place. What the German tuner did was complement these existing parts with a new front skirt, a fixed carbon fiber rear wing, carbon rear skirt insert, and a vented sport hood. All these additions were installed to keep the X6 M aerodynamically stable, especially with the impressive engine upgrade that’s also a part of this program. AC Schnitzer’s also offering optional chrome design elements for hood vents and a nice rear skirt decor film.

Rounding out the exterior modifications on the X6 M are the available wheel options. In this instance, AC Schnitzer is offering a wide variety of wheels for the coupe-SUV, including double-spoke AC1 wheels that come in either BiColor or matte anthracite finishes. If those aren’t to a customer’s liking, the tuning firm also has a set of Type VIII racing forged wheels in BiColor, Type VIII wheels in BiColor black or silver, and Type V lightweight forged alloys in BiColor or anthracite.

Interior

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The cabin of the BMW X6 M was kept as it is, at least for the most part. The only notable upgrades AC Schnitzer put into the interior are the aluminum pedals and foot rest, velour floor mats, and an aluminum key holder.

Drivetrain

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The real meat of AC Schnitzer’s program for the BMW X6 M can be found under the hood of the high-performance, luxury SUV. The changes itself are minimal, but they are effective enough to bump the output to 650 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque — a sizeable increase from the X6 M’s standard 575-horsepower and 553-pound-feet of torque coming out of the SUV’s 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V-8 engine.

AC Schnitzer accomplished that by installing a bespoke engine control unit and a new sports exhaust system. The latter, in particular, is available in three variations, including “Sports Black”, chromed “Sports”, or “Carbon Evo” tailpipes. An active flap can also be found on the tailpipes, installed by AC Schnitzler to enhance the modified V-8 engine’s throaty roar under higher throttle loads.

The German tuner didn’t elaborate on the X6 M’s performance improvements, but given the significant increase in power, a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 180 mph isn’t out of the cards. If those numbers are accurate, that would be a nice step up from the standard X6M’s 0-to-60 mph sprint time of four seconds and 155-mph top speed.

Safety

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Safety improvements are limited to the installation of the aftermarket company’s suspension spring kit. This new setup drops the coupe-SUV’s ride height by 0.6 to 0.78 inches at the front and rear. Not only does the suspension kit give the X6 M a more nuanced look, it also helps keep the vehicle stuck closer to the ground, especially when it’s travelling at high speeds.

Conclusion

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AC Schnitzer is like that basketball player who doesn’t throw up insane statistics every game. Instead, he’s the type that can be relied upon to contribute in a variety of ways, whether it’s points, rebounding, or assists. Much the same way, the German tuning firm isn’t going to release a tuning program that’s going to blow any of us away. It’s not Mansory, but then again, nobody is.

For the most part, AC Schnitzer just rolls out quality programs one after another. That’s what I see here with its new kit for the BMW X6 M. There’s nothing that really strikes me as out-of-this-world, but the overall package is impressive nonetheless. The aerodynamic updates on the exterior should improve the coupe-SUV’s handling dynamics. The interior upgrades aren’t much, but at least there are things to expect. Then there’s the engine modification, which really isn’t that exhaustive when you consider that it boils down to ECU remapping and a new exhaust.

But taken as a whole, it improves the X6 M in a lot of ways and for most tuning firms, that’s considered a job well done.

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Press Release

Beyond the M standard: Superior vehicle technology and driving pleasure in its most exclusive form: the X6 M by AC Schnitzer

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More energy, more elegance, more expression – The X6 M by AC Schnitzer shows that there’s even more to the latest Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) with motorsport power. The fact that the power pack is already designed for top performance didn’t of course faze the tuning experts: the Aachen-based engineers easily turn 575 into 650 hp, and proudly express this with the AC Schnitzer engine styling. A two-year warranty on the performance upgrade underlines
the high quality of the tuning work.

The X6 M is perfectly equipped for every sound check thanks to the AC Schnitzer silencer including flap control, which comes with two "Sports Black" tailpipes, chromed "Sports" tailpipes or two "Carbon Evo" tailpipes (all in right/left combination). Exploring the limits of each country, the silencers with different tailpipe designs are also available as export versions, without flap control.

Even at maximum speed, the AC Schnitzer suspension spring kit leaves no room for centrifugal forces. While the X6 M in the untuned M version is
already agile in its cornering, the coupé lowered by 15 - 20 mm at the front and rear effectively hugs the asphalt more tightly. In the aerodynamic components too, AC Schnitzer has found room for improvement: front skirt, carbon rear wing (export version), carbon rear skirt insert and bonnet vents provide maximum dynamics and optimum downforce. A more stylish impression is created by the optional chrome design elements for the bonnet vents and the AC Schnitzer rear skirt decor film, which visually reflect the extraordinary road presence of this vehicle.

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The BMW X6 M by AC Schnitzer makes a strong and powerful impression on the road. In the interior, the SAC appears tamed with its aura of elegance and luxury. But if you think the interior leaves nothing to be desired, you’d be wrong: AC Schnitzer aluminium pedal set, foot rest, keyholder and velours foot mats make it clear that the interior comfort level can still be stepped up.

Strength and elegance also go hand in hand in the AC Schnitzer wheel sets available with corresponding tyres. The re-interpreted classic double spokes of the AC1 wheels in BiColor or matt anthracite appear masculine yet simultaneously sophisticated thanks to the sporting hybrid style and clear lines. Also available for the BMW X6 M by AC Schnitzer are Type VIII racing forged rims in BiColor, Type VIII rims in BiColor black or silver, and Type V lightweight forged alloys in BiColor or anthracite. More energy, more elegance, more expression - the tuning package for the BMW X6 M once again clearly shows that the experts from AC Schnitzer take their own path through vehicle technology - beyond the M standard.

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