The next-gen X6M will be the sportiest, fastest X6 to date

BMW is going to launch an all-new generation of its larger coupe-styled X6 SUV (which it calls SAC, short for Sport Activity Coupe) and, as with the current model, it will also be available as a hot X6M with the full Motorsport treatment.

That means it will be powered by a development of the current 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 that powers the M5, although it’s been suggested it may get more power, while from a visual standpoint, expect it to look like an X6 on steroids, with bold flared wheel arches, aggressive bumpers, side skirts and rims, as well as the trademark exhausts in the back.

2020 BMW X6 M Exterior

2020 BMW X6 M Exterior Spyshots
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We can already see from this latest batch of X6M spyshots that BMW is not straying from the winning SAC formula much with the next installment. All camouflaged like that, it looks like a mere evolution of the current car - it does look like its overhangs are a bit shorter, and the shape of the fastback rear end seems different, but we can’t yet tell just how different they will be.

Up front, the design will be dominated by the big twin-kidney grille which appears to be taller and more upright than that of the current X6M.

The Motorsport model will also get a unique front bumper with large intakes that will complement its more bulging front fenders.

Down the sides, it will feature a more aggressive side skirt design, unique rims (probably measuring 20- or 21-inch), as well as an air vent located right behind the front wheel. At the rear, the X6M will look wider and more planted than the regular X6, with help to achieve this stance thanks to the wider wheel arches and wider tires.

The look will be completed by the beefy quad exhausts which are a unique to M division cars and will really set the X6M apart from other X6 variants.

2020 BMW X6 M Interior

2019 BMW X5 Interior
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So far we’ve seen exactly zero photos of the next-gen X6's interior, but let’s face it - it will be for the most part identical to what we can see in the already revealed X5.

What will set the X6M apart from lesser X6s will be unique dials, a unique steering wheel and gear selector, as well as special bucket seats and plenty of carbon fiber trim all around the cabin.

A big departure for the X6 and X6M is the fact that analog instrument cluster will be ditched in favor of a fully-digital unit that includes a 12.3-inch high-res screen, and we’ve yet to see what the Motorsport equivalent of these new virtual dials looks like yet.

2020 BMW X6 M Drivetrain

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Powering the next X6M is a revised and improved S63 4.4-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that makes 592 horsepower in the current X5.

It is believed that the unit will be tweaked to exceed 600 horsepower in the X5M and X6M, but it’s not yet clear by exactly how much.

All-wheel drive will be standard and the transmission used will probably be the same eight-speed M Steptronic that the manufacturer uses in the current model.

Performance should be improved over the current model which can sprint to sixty in just over 4 seconds, and it tops out at an electronically limited 155 mph.

2020 BMW X6 M Prices

The current BMW X6M is priced from $105,700, and the new one shouldn’t differ significantly from that.

2020 BMW X6 M Competition

Lamborghini Urus

2019 Lamborghini Urus
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While the Lamborghini Urus is nearly twice as expensive as a BMW X6M, it is going to be the performance benchmark for coupe-like super-SUVs of the near future. It packs 641 horsepower and 672 pound-feet of torque from its 4-liter V8, which is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. Benchmark sprint time to sixty is well under four seconds, and its top speed is 189 mph.

But Lamborghini insists that the Urus can also go off-road (a bit) and that it’s actually capable on rough surfaces, while the X6M is touted as a kind of on-road only performance high-rider. It also has the BMW beaten for looks, I think, being a far less polarizing take on the whole coupe/fastback SUV formula - it also looks more special inside too, although it ought to because it is more expensive than the hot X6.

Read our full review on the 2019 Lamborghini Urus.

Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe

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Mercedes makes a much more direct rival for the BMW, in the form of its AMG GLE 63S Coupe, a model with a starting price of $111,860, so roughly the same as the estimated price for the new X6M. It is motivated by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 that pumps out 577 horsepower and is able to catapult the vehicle to sixty in 4.1 seconds, before topping out at 155 mph. Its automatic gearbox has nine ratios, and it too has standard all-wheel drive.

The current model is on its way out, though, and Mercedes has already revealed an all-new GLE, although not the coupe variant based on it yet. It is believed that these new AMG versions of the new GLE Coupe will use the smaller displacement 4-liter V8 (instead of the current 5.5-liter) and in the top S version will exceed 600 horsepower.

Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe

Porsche Cayenne Turbo

The 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo: An SUV with Attitude and Sports Car Performance Exterior High Resolution
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Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo may not be a coupe-like SUV like the others, but it’s not what you’d call boxy either. It is renowned for its on-road handling among SUVs, as well as for its good capability off-road too.

Powering the Turbo, which is priced from $124,000, is a twin-turbo 4-liter V8 with 541 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque. However, despite its power handicap in this company, it actually achieves the benchmark sprint in 3.9 seconds (claimed) while its top speed is only restricted by its power and aero at 177 mph.

Read our full review on the 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Conclusion

2020 BMW X6 M Exterior Spyshots
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BMW’s next X6M will continue to appeal to those who liked the current generation of the vehicle. It’s big, it’s brash, and it’s quite noisy, so you won’t really be able to pass by unnoticed in one, regardless of what color you have it in.

It’s going to be exemplary to drive on the road (for an SUV), but its limited breadth of off-road abilities will significantly reduce its appeal for some buyers. If it’s anything like the current X6M, you really shouldn’t take it off-road at all because its performance road tires are utterly useless on anything other than tarmac.

There are more complete rivals, offering a broader swathe of talents, and there are arguably prettier rivals, but the X6M will still find fans, especially since it’s going to look like an evolution of the current model, so it will be instantly recognizable.

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    • Not good off-road
    • Styling still polarizing

Further reading

2019 BMW X6
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW X6.

2015 BMW X6 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW X6.

2019 BMW X5
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Read our full review on the new, 2019 BMW X5.

2015 BMW X6 M High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2015 BMW X6 M.

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