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BMW X6 M Review
BMW X6 M Review
BMW X6 M Review

In many respects, the BMW X6 is impossible to classify. With respect to its dimensions, it’s an SUV, plain and simple.

By Mark Hacking, Atlanta, Georgia

Further proof; it’s built on the same platform as the X5, and that’s an SUV, right? However, the X6 has a coupe-like shape and BMW steadfastly refuses to refer to it as an SUV. Me, I like to call it an urban assault vehicle.

The regular X6, with its massive footprint, significant cornering capabilities and relatively soft suspension, feels like it could roll over pretty much anything, including other cars, pedestrians, buildings and the like.

Now we have the brand new BMW X6 M, a high-performance variant that is even more of an oddity in the automotive world.

Along with its X5 M sibling, the X6 M is the very first all-wheel-drive M vehicle to be developed by the mad scientists at BMW M GmbH. It’s also the first turbocharged M, a bit of a surprise given that the division first began to factory-pimp cars way back in 1978.

Over the past 30 years, they have cranked out some of the most desirable automobiles known to man or machine. So the obvious question is; does the X6 M continue a rich tradition of ultra high performance and do the M badge justice?

BMW X6 M Review
BMW X6 M Review
BMW X6 M Review
BMW X6 M Review

To find out, we rolled out of suburban Atlanta, in the United States, and made a beeline for Road Atlanta, a challenging racetrack that hosts the Petit Le Mans endurance race every year.

The course is fast in places, has treacherous curbing and features a number of turns that demand razor-sharp handling.

For safety’s sake, the organizers prevented us from negotiating the hair-raising final turn before the start/finish line, not much run-off area here, and instead opted to send us down pit lane at a mandatory 60km/h. (In effect, it was like getting a drive-through penalty every lap!).

While this set-up effectively derailed any flow to the lap, it mattered little because the remaining 10 corners gave a solid sense of what the X6 M is all about.

First things first: It’s an SUV. Ignore the fact that the BMW comes armed with a twin-turbo, 4.4-litre V8 that pounds out 408kW and 680Nm of torque from 1500 to 5650rpm.

Pay no attention to the fact that the thing can accelerate from zero to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds courtesy of a launch control system. Set aside the top speed of 275km/h top speed, a fairly stratospheric figure available with the optional M Driver’s Package.

Disregard all this wildly impressive information and, instead, consider the following; the X6 M weighs 2350kg and stands 1684mm high.

BMW X6 M Review
BMW X6 M Review
BMW X6 M Review
BMW X6 M Review

That’s a lot of vehicle to be tossing around a racetrack, no matter what might be under the bonnet. Sure enough, the BMW does not feel like a 400+ kilowatt vehicle under hard acceleration, it might be fast, it just doesn’t feel that fast.

Although the thing carved corners reasonably well and generated relatively heavy g-loads without the expected body roll, the undulating track did highlight a few weaknesses.

Down the long back straight, I saw 235 km/h on the slick heads-up display before having to hammer on the brakes for the ninety-degree turn 10A left-hander.

This was the absolute maximum I could extract from the X6 M before courage gave way; not only did the SUV get extremely light over a rise going down the straight, the brakes also faded after just a few laps of high-speed approaches. This was disappointing – until I remembered that the X6 M is, in fact, an SUV.

The vehicle could definitely benefit from a larger fixed rear wing. Or possibly a larger rear wing that deploys automatically at high speeds, such as Porsche has on its models.

So, too, could the BMW use more powerful brakes, it comes with 395mm vented rotors and four-piston fixed callipers in the front, 385mm vented rotors with single-piston callipers at the back. To be fair, although the brakes did fade quickly, they reached a point at which the pedal feel did not worsen.

The X6 M features a lot of wizardry designed to help you forget it’s an SUV.

BMW X6 M Review

Chief among these goodies is the torque vectoring all-wheel-drive system, technology that sees power transmitted from one rear wheel to the other to aid in cornering. It’s a slick system that certainly has the thing motoring around corners with a healthy amount of momentum.

Of course, the BMW also comes standard with a stability control system that enables switching from normal to sport mode.

Pressing the ‘M’ button on the steering wheel triggers the least intrusive amount of stability control, along with the most aggressive level of power delivery, more responsive steering and a sportier setting for the electronically-controlled dampers.

The transmission is a six-speed automatic, dubbed the M Sports Automatic, with three shift modes: drive, sport and manual.

The gear selector is one of the centre console-mounted numbers, as found in many new BMWs and the manual shift mode can be operated using the proper paddle-shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

Both the sport and manual shift modes proved less than fully satisfying during the track session. In sport mode, automatic up shifts seemed to happen at inopportune times; in manual mode, the BMW was reluctant to shift down into second at the aforementioned turn 10A, despite the engine speed being in the required rev range.

Cosmetically, the X6 M differs from the base X6 in a few ways. The M has a different front fascia with massive air intakes, special gills in the side panels, a sculpted rear air dam, a pair of dual tailpipes and 20-inch light alloy wheels.

Inside, the X6 M boasts a special M steering wheel, M sport seats and the heads-up display that reveals the gear indicator, digital speed readout and illustrated tachometer.

Now, make no mistake, despite its weaknesses, the BMW proved great fun around the track. I had the option of driving just 10 laps and then making an early break for the hotel mini bar.

Instead, I stuck it out till the rain threatened, running the tank dry on our X6 M and flogging it around for about 25 laps in total.

In the presentation, the M engineers referred to the X6 M as, “the ultimate sports car in the SUV segment.”

Without a doubt, this is an SUV you could take to a track day; the question is, would you? For my part, I’d rather enjoy the fine work of the M technicians from behind the wheel of an M3 or M5!


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  • Adrian

    You either want an SUV for lugging the kids and stuff or you want a sports car……a 2.35 tonne barge with a big engine to compensate for all that mass really loses the ethos of what an M car and M enthusiast is all about…..ridiculous in my opinion. People who buy this over the standard X6 just live buy bigger is better…..I like the X6 btw and I am a BMW driver myself, but I just dont get this car at all. Some people aspire to own the ultimate driving machine which this is not.

  • http://Caradvice.com.au Baddass

    Very aggressive, looks great, but the wheels are a bit lower class. The thing is, the people who buy X6s because they are ‘something different’ are the people that don’t stand out at all.

  • http://br-look.blogspot.com Nemesis

    And with respects to it’s looks, it’s butt-ugly, plain and simple. BMW has created a niche market that we didn’t need or want…

  • rym
  • Wheelnut®™

    Nemesis – you may think that BMW have created a niche market that we didn’t need or want..

    However; you could say the same thing when the CLS was released yet since then Porsche have released the Panamera and Aston Martin have released the Rapide

    Not only that but as sales figures have shown in recent months [in Australia] its actually proven to be quite popular.

    ….and next year Audi are going to be releasing an A5 Sportback which in profile looks the same as the X6 [with its Aero roof line ]however front on it will have Audis ugly furnace style grille; and I wouldn’t be surprised if Merc-Benz follow suit with a similar vehicle based on a C Class Sedan

  • Tom

    I have no problems with the X6 existing, as without experimentation we’d still be driving model T clones. However I don’t agree with forgiving the X6M’s dynamic and aero shortfalls with the line ‘but its an SUV’, because its not. A SUV is a sports UTILITY vehicle, no? And with the design of the X6M, BMW have removed the utility aspect. Its an jacked-up 4WD coupe, or a sports activity coupe as I think BMW calls it. And if BMW are promising sports coupe handling, then the X6M should be held up to that standard. In a SUV you accept dynamic limitations because of the practicality given, but the X6 you sacrifice the practicality but keep the dynamic shortfalls. Doesn’t seem a good trade-off somehow.

  • Tom

    Wheelnut the A5 sportsback is nothing like the X6. The A5 sportsback is just a 4 door car with a liftback boot, for people that want something with a bigger loading space than a sedan without sacrificing the look of a sedan, which is not even in the same league as the X6 in regards to contradictory design goals.

  • The Realist

    “urban assault vehicle” – I like that!

    What a beast – but will be expensive when it comes to Oz. Wonder what the price premium will be over the current top of the range?

    If it falls within M5 territory then it’s on my shopping list.

  • Captain Mainwaring

    I’ll refrain from commenting on this car as I might be tempted to say something rude.

  • Frontman

    Well, for what it’s worth, I believe that all those that have bought this vehicle really need that Sat Nav option just to prove to their friends that they aren’t NOWHERE…..
    Criminal waste of engineering abilities im my opinion…..

  • Rym

    I’d agree that this a sad waste of engineering time and effort.

    M division now stands for Marketing division.

    M used to mean a lot more before…

    The same way BMW name used to mean sporty, elegant, stylish, graceful designed cars and the bench marque for a luxury sporting drive.

    Now, you get niche marketing models with style that is to be blunt.. .butt ugly.

  • GGG

    I cant wait to see either this engine or a 4.8L V8 TT in the new M5 (500 kgs plus lighter than the X6M). Will be an absolute rocket!

  • Bavarian Missile®™

    Love this car and even more so the M version .

    BMW are creating niche markets true but the punters are loving it and other manufacturers want a piece of it too ,churning their own out to compete along side BMWs innovative designs .

    Many here may not appreciate this glorious looking machine but so far in Australia sales have exceeded BMW expectations and globally 35,000 people have one of their own proven to be a bigger hit than the much uglier Porsche Cayenne .

    It was only back in June that Caradvice reported this

    “In ten months, 545 of the crossover BMWs have been delivered in Australia, highlighting its customer appeal.

    BMW says that approximately 40 per cent of X6 customers were new to the brand, switching from a luxury competitor, and many buyers stepped up from a traditional coupé to the roomier Sports Activity Coupé.

    Although niche by BMW standards, the Sports Activity Coupé this year outsold cars such as the Fiat 500, Jaguar XF, Lexus IS F, Mazda MX5, Mercedes-Benz CLS, Audi A6 and Volvo C30.

    The BMW X6 outsold its closest competitor, the Porsche Cayenne, this year by almost 20 per cent.”

    I think those figures show this cars popularity ,only down fall I think this has is it needs a manual version !

  • Rym

    Selling well is only relative. Just as comparing this ugly “Urban Assault Coupé” to an uglier one (Porsche Cayenne) doesn’t make it any better.

    Simply put, the “M” objective of this vehicle doesn’t add up – High riding heavy lard ass and Sporty?

    The only way that it may work is the PR and Niche marketing… Similar to the way we have 4 to 5 bedroom McMansions being built for young blue collar families with no kids or a single child.

    I’m suggesting the same mental psyche to such Mcmansionism when the Middle class binge on these Bigger is Better “Urban Assault Coupé”.

  • Bavarian Missile®™

    Quote ” Tom Says:
    July 16th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Wheelnut the A5 sportsback is nothing like the X6. The A5 sportsback is just a 4 door car with a liftback boot, for people that want something with a bigger loading space than a sedan without sacrificing the look of a sedan, which is not even in the same league as the X6 in regards to contradictory design goals.”

    Um I think your wrong there Tom …………..Even Audi say the A5 will be in competition with the X6 and they do look similar .

    Quote ” Audi, the creator of the Avant concept, says it’s now forged a new segment with the arrival of the A5 Sportback, although the car will compete fairly directly with BMW’s X6 and 5 Series GT range.

  • Bavarian Missile®™

    Yeah RYM lets all remain boring and follow suitability and function only cause we dont have the right to pretentious !!

    God Im glad some car manufacturers are individual and dont follow the masses of boring but functional cars……..!

  • Frontman

    BM just a little point, 545 vehicles over ten months means 54.5 cars a month, how many 5 series or x5′s did they sell in that period? It’s really not a lot of vehicles to justify their existance, considering every dealer would have put one on as a Demo (then sold heavily discounted friend bought one and got a VE SS style discount).
    AS for the comparison to an A5 sportback I think you will find it is in reference to the marketing Dollar as a opposed to actual market place. Market place is 5 GT, however even this will cross shop against X6

  • Bavarian Missile®™

    35000 world wide is though Frontman and it still outsold its competition here in Australia along with other niche market cars……..40% of those customers were also first time owners too dont forget.

    BMW have a winner on their hands like it or not :)

  • Cam

    This is mental.

    You’d have to be an idiot to buy one.

  • Yanzo

    oooooh V8 twin turbo, they should stuff that in the next m3 or something. once again the interior of bmw looks all mangled

  • Deco

    “Me, I like to call it an urban assault vehicle.”

    Lol, very nice. I don’t see much sense in this car…

  • nobody

    No doubt this is not a car for everyone. Does this car make sense? No. But it makes sense if you want a hulk that you can thrash around pretty well. Previously there wasn’t much of a choice for people who wanted a high riding fun driving car. The X6 changed this.

    A M version is just overkill, but that’s just my opinion. Plus is it only available in auto? Perhaps this would be around M5 price when it gets here. This is the same price as a M5 in the states is it not? Which means it’d be competing with the Cayenne Turbo S (~$300K) when it gets here. I guess if anyone is going to dump that kinda ridiculous money on a fast hulk, the X6M would make more sense.

    Anyway we all know that people who can fork out 100K upwards for a car are buying something that doesn’t always have to be practical or makes sense.

  • Sam, the original

    I would like to bitch about this car but the truth is that its worth 10 times what I can afford and if I ever had the chance to drive one I would probably need new undies by the time i found the nearest patch of dirt or a beach and the off switch for the traction control…….

  • George

    I love the shape of this car, only thing that annoys me is underneath the trademark grill, there is this random mesh! It makes the bonnet look incomplete and odd to me.
    I will be honest, if i had the money i would buy this!

  • Alan

    There’s no doubting the fact this is probably the fastest SUV on the market and there will be a market for it to compete against ML63 and Cayenne Turbo S, but i still hate it for the fact BMW M has sold its soul to the devil and made a SUV, a turbo engine, automatic and a 4wd. In my mind, BMW M cars should be RWD with a N/A engine, guess they need to change with time and move towards turbo engine, but they will never be the same as M cars of old.

  • Dion

    I assume that all the people who say this is ugly have never actually seen one in real life. It’s HOT, plain and simple.

  • bryn

    What a rediculous waste of metal. Seems that it would be useless as a SUV and even more useless as a perfomance vehicle. If you want a high performance Beemer with space, why wouldn’t you just get the M5? (which is avaiable as a wagon). But I guess if your the sort of person who thinks a stretched Hummer limo is a “classy” idea for a wedding, I supose this is the car for you. Money doesn’t buy taste…

  • HAL

    Wheelnut/BM, wouldn’t an M version of the BMW Series 5 GT be more of a competitor to the A5 Sportsback, rather than this?

  • Mumble Duck

    But seriously………….who want’s a Coupe 2+2 SUV?????? Another silly idea by BMW.

    BMW = Big Mindwashed Willies (or Wankers, lol)

  • Bavarian Missile®™

    Quote ” who want’s a Coupe 2+2 SUV?????? Another silly idea by BMW.”

    35000 owners so far Duck……….A niche market yes…sort of like your beloved Camaro but with out the recalls :)

    Your last statement isnt worthy of a reply, just a few more years living should cure future comments like that :P

    Hal yes it is ,but future owners of these vehicles are seeking a Coupe like vehicle with sports features and a roomy hatch and unlike the GT this is AWD like the A5 sportsback.

  • The Realist

    Mumble Duck Says:
    July 16th, 2009 at 3:33 pm
    “But seriously………….who want’s a Coupe 2+2 SUV?????? Another silly idea by BMW.
    BMW = Big Mindwashed Willies (or Wankers, lol)”

    Yes, it’s silly isn’t it – making a car that actually sells and is desired by many.

    And the “wanker” tag comes out again, usually used by non aspirational cretins who are sick with envy because they know they’ll only ever be able to look and not own. Loser.

  • Alex

    I’d rather an X6 xDrive50i. I think the body kit on this looks unfinished and the wheels don’t suit it and should be bigger.

  • Tom

    Dion, I’ve seen one in real life, and it actually got uglier once I could see how massive and misproportionate it is. In the photo’s you don’t get that as much.

  • Rym

    BM, it’s silly to suggest opposition to dumb ideas (M on this SUV) and ill proportioned ugly cars should mean the only flip side is boring conformity.

    Sure, it’s subjective, please don’t get personal.

    As a SUV, the only car in BMW’s garage that makes any SUV sense is the diesel X5. Altho that’s getting dated now. If only the engineering was put into making the X5 lighter, not just aluminum bonnets but something ground breaking. Instead, there’s the X6 and now X6 M ????

    As for style, elegance and sporty… Jaguar seems to be one of the few luxury marques that is delivering inspiration. The XFS and now the new XJ, which is substantially lighter than their opposition. Engines that are smooth, powerful and efficient with deft dynamics, wonderful balance of ride and handling. Real style leaders. These are all things that BMW once stood for, and whenever the M badge appears, it stood for pure BMW Motorsport DNA.

    Now, it’s simply Marketing.

  • Mumble Duck

    The Realist and Bavarian Missile (I’m sorry if I annoyed you two, honestly I am), I find it’s a silly idea. The sales have nothing to do why the actuall idea of the car is great or not. And congratulations for the owners, I have nothing against them, only BMW. And even if had the money to buy this car, I would not.

  • Bavarian Missile®™

    RYM you want to point out where I was getting personal ?

    Your having your “opinion ” and so am I :)

    Quote ” These are all things that BMW once stood for, and whenever the M badge appears, it stood for pure BMW Motorsport DNA.

    Now, it’s simply Marketing.”

    pffffffffttttt So you want to tell me how the latest M product you have driven, differs from the previous generations and how ?

    Sorry I thought they were still the pinnacle that other performance manufacturers were and still are chasing……silly me .

  • Rym

    Mumble Duck, Couldn’t agree more. Sales indeed doesn’t correlate to whether a car is great?

    If it was, Toyota white goods on wheels would have to be rated as having the best cars in their garage.

    Hmm… what about the Honda Postie bike, that outsold everything on two wheels with a motor. ;-)

    Good luck to the X6 ers. May the Marketing force be with you.

  • Rym

    BM, I’m still in love with my 6pot M3. It’s musical is always inspiring and makes every drive something that I look forward to.

    It’s just this X6M and the X6 concept, in a word – foul.

    In fact, at the moment, a 2 door M3 is the only car in the BMW garage right now that could sway me. The rest is just boring, ugly and lacking inspiration.

    My next trade up would be from the Jaguar garage. Time to go 4 doors with class, refinement and sporty.

  • Bavarian Missile®™

    Sales indeed dont make a good car but great feed back from car writers around the world does have an impact ,BMW are just making “MORE” cars people want to drive .

    You cant say this car wouldnt be awesome to drive either of you !!!!!!!!!!! Thats what makes a car exciting and thats why they are popular :)

  • Rym

    I think it may be the reality of 21st Century car making. That they go for niche models instead of core volume models. Audi is doing the same.

    I don’t know, I think this is a slippery road…

    May be that’s why manufacturers like Jag that is investing all their energy into a small few core models is hitting the right notes with me?

  • Wheelnut®™

    To those of you who don’t particularly like the look of the X6 or are unable to accept the fact that its been enhanced by the same engineering gurus who created the M3 or the M5..

    May I suggest that for your next car a Horse and Cart or at least the first motorised buggy which was made by Gottlieb Daimler and his friend Karl Benz as its fairly obvious that you don’t like change.

    Mind you when Daimler-Benz created the horseless carriage it received similar negative comments to the X6 has on this site
    However; when people realised how good it was practical and verstile it was it sold rather well
    Since then people have wanted bigger better cars with more perfomance and more features etc which is how the Car industry has developed

  • SteveH

    I really can’t see the point of this car. Since when does a sports car weigh 2,350 kg’s? As for the looks of the thing, I still don’t like it, but obviously some people do. To me this is just not a practical car as it only seats four and surely the rear headroom is compromised by the sloping roof.

    Just buy an M5 and be done with it.

  • Rym

    Wheelnut, the new Jags couldn’t be more different from the old and represents a substantial change and hits the right notes with me. Sorry, your point about not digging change is lost on me.
    This idea of having lots of straight line speed in a large BARGE is not new but from old hat school out of the US of A.
    I don’t think we have grown bigger as a specie and having McMansion space is… well a tad pointless.
    Looking at it from a sporting drive perspective, weight is the biggest kill joy when we are in pursuit of a sporting drive.
    OK, if straight line go and being the tallest and fattest barge is your thing… yeah, why not. The point I want to raise here is still the fact that the M ethos has been lost in translation when dealing with such behemoth..

  • Wheelnut®™

    What;s the Point…?

    What’s the point in joining 2 VW 8 cylinder engines together on a common crankshaft; then bolting on not one; not two but four turbo-chargers; hooking it up to a 7 speed DSG Sequential Gearbox load it up with a dozen individual ECUs and an All Wheel Drive System..

    There really is/was no point.. I mean the Veyron was the answer to a question nobody asked but VW still went ahead and built it and just like the X6 there are people who love the [look of] Veyron and those who don’t

  • Bavarian Missile®™

    RYM……….ahhhhhhhhhhhhh the old die hard M lovers . It reminds me of the Falcon GT Club memebers that I know,they are of the opinion that the current GT isnt a real GT,for that you have to own one prior to 1972.

    You should know that BMW couldn’t have stayed with the old 3.2 inline 6…..that 6 was sucked dry by “M” division.The first of the E46 M3s had detonation problems from over revving,there were at their peak,it was V8s or turbos………..

    BMW are like any other forward thinking car manufacturer,they cant afford to be all sentimental about their models ,they have to change and grow. Better to be the innovator than the imitator I say!

  • Bavarian Missile®™

    Sure the BMW X6 isn’t the type of car that you would expect the guys at M division to weave their magic on.. yet making a factory standard BMW go faster and handle better is what they do isn’t it…. just like AMG do with Merc-Benz; and let’s face it some of their cars are just as ugly.

    Not only that but given the range of new “niche” models BMW have released lately and are planning to release in the future; it’s only a matter of time before BMW f-i-n-a-l-l-y release a Ute. So it’s not all bad

  • rym

    BM, I accept your point on the diminishing returns of the Inline 6. And, I do appreciate the fine melodic tunes of the 8 pot in the current M3. Like I’ve said, the 2 door M3 is the only fine drive in the BMW stable at the moment and not too hard on the eyes either.
    For the life of me, I don’t get the X6 or the X6M?
    In a sporting drive, the idea that you need to be carrying excess weight is so against the grain…
    I’m also into 2 wheels, the latest and greatest are getting lighter by the year and so is their performance. The wise ones observes that on track days, the latest litre+ crotch rockets can and are often lapped by the older riders on mere run of the mill 600cc bikes. In so saying the idea that straight line speed is just that, striking a good balance between power and handling and being able to use it means you actually go faster… the same can be seen between the track test of the less powerful M3 versus the brute master AMG C63.

  • Alan

    BM, although turbo seems to be the way M division is moving towards, as well as everyone else (towards forced induction), i would still prefer if M cars stuck to N/A engine. Instead of more performance and less fuel consumption through turbo, i’d love to see the same goals achieved through less weight. I think the move to V8 is fine for the M3, but it’s ridiculous that the E92 M3 is much heavier than E46 M3, despite the V8 being lighter than the old straight 6.

  • rym

    BM, pls don’t give the Marketing division… I mean the M division any ideas on a UTE. The Doof Doof HSV Ute brigade will finally think they are not alone.

  • Devil666

    Lol to BM and Wheelnut. You guys are bonkers.

    BM, stick your sales figures elsewhere. Once is enough, don’t bore us to death. Also, it isn’t a roomy hatch by any means. More importantly, by your reasoning: “but future owners of these vehicles are seeking a Coupe like vehicle with sports features and a roomy hatch and unlike the GT this is AWD like the A5 sportsback.” – adding AWD to the 5 GT would render this vehicle 100% redundant, no?

    Wheelie – “Mind you when Daimler-Benz created the horseless carriage it received similar negative comments to the X6 has on this site
    However; when people realised how good it was practical and verstile it was it sold rather well”

    This is all well and good, but the X6 is not practical, is not versatile, economical, or particularly good at anything. BMW can’t have it both ways.

    If you don’t want to apply the SUV tag fine, but that means you are competing against other 4 door 4 seat coupes. In which the X6 (and X6M) is the heaviest, slowest, thirstiest and potentially the worst handling because 800KG is something no amount of technology can disguise. CLS, Panamera, A5 Sportback, Rapide, new Jag XKFJSR or whatever.

    Or you can apply the SUV tag. In which case it is an instant fail for UTILITY. its missing a seat over EVERY other SUV (3 off it’s stablemate), has heavily stunted luggage capacity, the offroad potential of a Commodore (it’ll climb a curb if you take the right angle, thats about it), and weighs a motherload more than a W164 ML.

    Here’s one for BMW’s marketing department that I prepared earlier:

    The BMW X6 – The worst of both worlds.

    Awww snap.

  • Devil666

    That said, if BMW put it on an 800KG, and shrink it *just a tad*, I will gladly eat my hat. TBH, the styling is growing on me.

  • Bavarian Missile®™

    Alan and Rym,there are points both of you make I actually agree with you……….

    Yeah Allan would have been nice to see the M3 stay normally aspirated and lose some of that weight,but with all these nanny controls that seem to overwhelm performance cars these days its never going to happen.This last M3 was designed for the American market so unfortunately we have to live with their wants not ours.That said the E46 was also heavier again than the E36 so its going to continue…….although a CSL would have been nice in the E92 version.

    Rym the Ute quote was actually mate by Wheelnut…….our computers are next to each other so we swap around some times forgetting to change names.

    Ive actually been saying on this site for a while now that BMW are loosing some of their identity ,they are becoming the Ultimate Marketing Machine not Driving Machine. I too am sick of all these new suvs they are churning out every six months it seems and that 5 series GT is hideous but at least they are leading the pack not following .

    If more models mean more sales for them to become a stronger Company,then Im all for it as long as they dont lose their performance edge they are famous for. SO, yeah hate the X6M but its still an awesome drive, it just should come in manual,not just be given out world wide as the Yanks want it .

  • Matty B

    Since when did everything have to make “practical sense” ? I love big cars, I know it’s not politically correct, but there’s just something I can’t explain about it.

    Just because an M tuned X6 isn’t quite as dynamic as an M3 it cops abuse ? The XDrive50i is one of the most fun cars I’ve ever driven, it’s never going to be a track car like an M3 but it’s not meant to be. But when was the last time you experienced brake fade on the street in anything ? This is a road car, and variety is the spice of life.

  • Rym

    BM, Wheelnut,
    Breaking news, BMW M division brings out a Ute.

    HSV marketing blurb then suggest that they created this segment.

    Bogans ditch 4x beer and start bar crawls at Hyatt Hotel and Toorak sharing drive stories with the Toorak Tractor Brigade.

    ;-) sorry, that’s not very PC of me to stereotype certain sectors of our car community, but it’s fun.

    BM, I’m sure the straight thrill will be enough for some. I just love corners and the feeling of connectedness with the car and sensing the limits of grip as I carve them. Oops, carve is a bikie term, but I know you get the idea.

    Hence, the concept of light weight car with components serving their purpose and the total being greater than the sum of its parts is why the beloved 6 pot M3 is so endearing. The same can be said for the CBR600 2 wheeled daily commuter.

  • The Realist

    Rym Says:
    July 16th, 2009 at 5:57 pm
    “As for style, elegance and sporty… Jaguar seems to be one of the few luxury marques that is delivering inspiration. The XFS and now the new XJ, which is substantially lighter than their opposition. Engines that are smooth, powerful and efficient with deft dynamics, wonderful balance of ride and handling. Real style leaders.”

    You speak as if you own a new XJ. Will the interior be as low rent as for existing Jaguars? I don’t want to be transported back to 1972 when I sit in a $200K+ car.

    To win sales it needs to handle as well as the 7 series, ride like an S class, and have the impeccable quality and service levels of a Lexus. Good luck Jaguar.

    BTW isn’t it strange how Jaguars are lighter yet cannot outpace the opposition? Below par engineering?

    rym Says:
    July 16th, 2009 at 10:41 pm
    “Like I’ve said, the 2 door M3 is the only fine drive in the BMW stable at the moment and not too hard on the eyes either.”

    My E60 M5 would beg to differ. So would my wife’s 335i, or my colleague’s M6, as I am sure would an M3 sedan. I would also suggest a 135i would be a super drive. And I am due to take an X6 for a test drive shortly, which by most accounts handles brilliantly.

  • rym

    Test driven the XF, if that’s a true yard stick of Jags to come, yeah, the XJ should be just peachy.

    But the length and size of the XJ just isn’t for me. The XF is a better fit, if only the lights from the XJ was grafted on the the XJ.

    As a drive, I would certainly prefer the XF to the 5 and E class for striking the right balance of all the virtues I’d mentioned earlier, don’t know about the new E yet but not sold on the new E style.

    Yep, the new day Jaguar is that good as a drive and the quality of material and interior is either on par or ahead of the Audi benchmark, with BMW coming a cheap looking and feeling last against Merc and Lexus. Don’t know about the after sales service of Jags. I’d agree that Lexus is hard to beat. But Merc still comes on top of BMWs for after sales.
    You’d mention the M6, that should be flagged down and given a yellow canary everytime one spots it for visual pollution.
    M5 just isn’t on my radar, don’t know why, just don’t like it. Visually doesn’t do it. Hence, no interest in test driving it. The 2 door M3 is in my eyes the sweeter package.

  • The Realist

    rym Says:
    July 17th, 2009 at 1:19 pm
    “The XF is a better fit, if only the lights from the XJ was grafted on the the XJ.”

    I agree.

    “As a drive, I would certainly prefer the XF to the 5 and E class for striking the right balance of all the virtues I’d mentioned earlier, don’t know about the new E yet but not sold on the new E style.”

    Your opinion. Jaguar’s problem will be convincing buyers like me to move from a brand and particular showroom that’s treated me and my wife well.

    “Yep, the new day Jaguar is that good as a drive and the quality of material and interior is either on par or ahead of the Audi benchmark, with BMW coming a cheap looking and feeling last against Merc and Lexus. Don’t know about the after sales service of Jags. I’d agree that Lexus is hard to beat. But Merc still comes on top of BMWs for after sales.

    I’ve sat in the XF and didn’t like it at all, to use your words “cheap” comes to mind – an injustice to the great exterior. We’ll have to agree to disagree.

    “You’d mention the M6, that should be flagged down and given a yellow canary everytime one spots it for visual pollution.”

    I think it looks great – except for the rear… but it performs and handles brilliantly.

    “M5 just isn’t on my radar, don’t know why, just don’t like it. Visually doesn’t do it. Hence, no interest in test driving it.”

    The perfect blend of performance, luxury and handling – that’s why I bought it. The next generation will be something to behold.

  • Rym

    My other half deals with leather by trade and both our sentiments were the same on BMW interior, the leather feels cheap he keeps saying.

    My thoughts were they felt like plastic, this was sitting in a friend’s 530d, which by the way is a rather nice diesel! Almost as good as the Merc’s 320 CDi. We also had the same impression on the 335i’s leather seats.

    We will just have to agree to disagree about what feels and looks cheap.

    I’m just glad my other half didn’t talk me out of the M3, he went on and one about the E55. Nah, I said, that was his penile extension thoughts. The M3 was love at first sight and drive.

  • http://www.caradvice.com.au Karl

    BMW’s X6 with its others siblings is without a doubt the most “Fattest looking Vehicle” i have ever seen,on modern roads

    I know Vehicle design is a personal thing we all have a own opinions of beauty,but really just take a look at the BMW X6 especially from a side view,its Fat Ugly.

    In a way the “BMW X6 with is powerful performance proves once and for all Pigs Really do Fly”.

  • TDo

    Driving past a X6 just recently with my brother in the passenger seat, we both noticed the car. It has a real road presence that just says look at me.

    Maybe it’s just because there aren’t many around yet that’s why it grabs your attention.

  • geh

    Rym is a tool and should do us all a favour and remove himself from the gene pool

    • Allergic To Bavarian Missile

      geh, be careful of the written word, you may have to eat them one day you rude person ( note gender non-specific )

  • Alan

    I disagree on bmw having cheap cabin, having being in a 335 recently, the quality is fantastic, not as good as new A4, but comparable if not better than c class. new xj looks to have great cabin but I have to say the cabin of xf looks cheap n isn’t up to the germans in perceived quality.
    I’ve being a die hard bmw fan for years, but I really don’t like their recent focus on niche class n abandoning their core values, audi on the other hand seems to be becoming better at making good drivers car, but nothing wil beat rwd hence really hope that bmw can maintain their edge as the ultimate driving machine

  • http://www.lamborghini.com.au bmw m3

    me think it ante a good car compered to lamborghini

BMW X6 Specs

M : 4.4L TURBO MPFI - 6 SP AUTOMATIC - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 4D COUPE
Car Details
Make
BMW
Model
X6
Variant
M
Series
E71
Year
2009
Body Type
4D COUPE
Seats
4
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
TURBO MPFI
Engine Size
4.4L
Cylinders
TURBO V8
Max. Torque
680Nm @  1500rpm
Max. Power
408kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
177W/kg
Bore & Stroke
92x82.7mm
Compression Ratio
10.0
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
6 SP AUTOMATIC
Drive Type
ALL WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.636
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
85
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
13.9L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
2305
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1684mm
Length
4876mm
Width
1983mm
Ground Clearance
210mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:2700  Unbrake:750
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
12.8
Front Rim Size
10x20
Rear Rim Size
11x20
Front Tyres
275/40 R20
Rear Tyres
315/35 R20
Wheel Base
2933
Front Track
1660
Rear Track
1672
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Air Con + Climate Control Multi Zone, Comfort Seats Front, Heated Front Seats, Power front seats
Control & Handling
Adaptive Damping Control, 20 Inch Alloy Wheels, Performance Brake Package
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Parking Distance Control
Engine & Transmission
Dynamic Drive
Entertainment
CD with 6 CD Stacker
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Metallic Paint
Interior
Aluminium Trim, Leather Upholstery
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft, Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  25,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
8-M-7
Country of Origin
GERMANY