Spy Shots: BMW X6 M Slowly Losing Its Camouflage
The second-generation BMW X6 M has been spotted testing on public roads since February 2014. Fast-forward to August 2014, the beefed-up crossover is already stretching its wide wheels on the famed Nurburgring track. And the camouflage keeps disappearing off its muscular body, as revealed by a new batch of spy shots we just received in our inbox.
It took BMW only a few days to ditch some of the swirly wrap that’s hiding the high-performance crossover from our eyes. While the black prototype that was pushing it hard on the "Green Hell" earlier this month had its side skirts and rear end hidden under a thick layer of camo, the red-painted example our paparazzi spotted in Germany wears a more casual dress.
The redesigned side skirts are now in plain sight, while the revised rear fenders and the tailgate are no longer obscured. Sure, there’s plenty of camouflage BMW needs to peel off the X6 M, but for the meantime we’re grateful we can squint our eyes a lot less to catch the little details making this crossover special.
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This is the first time that BMW has exposed the crossover’s revised headlamps and taillights. As expected, both units are taken from the standard X6. The headlamps are now connected to the wider kidney grille - a change implemented on most revised BMWs — while the taillights carry a different cluster configuration.
The exterior package also includes new side skirts, new-design wheels, and modified front and rear bumpers. Up front, the bumper appears to borrow its cues from the regular X6 as well, but that changes as soon as we take a look at the lower apron, where larger air intakes indicate we’re not dealing with a regular X6. Around back, the bumper incorporates a redesigned diffuser, which unfortunately is still obscured by camouflage. The rear spoiler seems to be slightly bigger too.
Under the hood of the second-gen X6 M lurks the same turbocharged, 4.4-liter V-8 available with the previous model. The unit is now rated at 547 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque, but output is expected to increase to around 560 ponies. That should be enough to enable the X6 M to keep up with the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S while delivering the same aggressive exhaust note.
Even though the X6 was launched in 2006 for the 2007 model year, it took BMW about three years to come up with a high-performance version of the crossover. The vehicle was fitted with a twin-scroll, twin-turbo version of the company’s 4.4-liter, V-8, N63 engine rated at 547 horses and 500 pound-feet of torque, which made it one of the most powerful SUVs on the market. A six-speed M Sport automatic transmission with paddle shifters routed all that oomph to the wheels, enabling the X6 M to charge from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.5 seconds.