BMW has just released details of the upcoming X6. Based closely around the Concept X6, the production version will be available with three different engines.

Firstly there is the all-new 300 kW 4.4-litre Twin Turbo V8 petrol engine, with 600 Nm of torque (X6 xDrive50i). Then there is the 225 kW Twin Turbo straight-six petrol engine with 400Nm of torque (X6 xDrive35i), and last but not least is the variable Twin Turbo 3.0-litre diesel (xDrive35d) with 210kW and 580Nm of torque.

The Twin Turbo V8 is the world’s first eight-cylinder petrol engine with the turbo-charger and catalytic converters housed in the V-section between the two rows of cylinders. According to BMW this setup helps reduce pressure losses on the intake and exhaust side.

2008 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe

The V8 is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with gearshift paddles mounted on the steering wheel as standard.

Engine specifications aside, this car will most likely start a new trend away from luxury SUVs. The X6 is the sort of car aimed at those that need a large-SUV but don’t really want the negative image it brings.

However there are a few issues when it comes to practicality, the X6 will only fit four people and is a little short on cargo space compared to even its smallest brother the X3.

Based on the X5 platform, the X6 measures 4877mm by 1983mm by 1690mm, 23mm longer, 50mm wider and 86mm shorter than the X5.

BMW says the X6 is a powerful expression of poise, stability and vigour and who can argue when they’ve designed such a beautiful car. With classic coupé proportions and a sleek flowing lines, there is a good reason the Germans have called this Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) as oppose to Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).

2008 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe

The X6 comes standard with BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive technology plus it will also offer BMW’s newly developed Dynamic Performance Control which varies torque split between the two rear wheels.

2008 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe

Safety is taken care of by a strong chassis, frontal and side airbags as well as side head airbags, three-point inertia-reel seat belts on all seats and crash-activated headrests at the front.

Bi-xenon dual headlights (with daytime light function), foglamps, two-stage brake lights, and runflat safety tyres on 19-inch light alloy rims all come as standard.

As for the interior, there is a notable sporty ambience and with boot space ranging from 570-litres with all seats filled to 1,450-litres with the rear seats folded. In comparison the X3 has 1560-litres and the X5 has 1750-litres with rear-seats folded.

2008 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe

Inside, a high-quality, sophisticated interior has a notably sporty and luxurious ambience, with four seats. The rear seat height of 944 mm guarantees supreme comfort and convenience even for tall passengers.

Other features include

  • Adaptive Drive (anti-roll and adaptive dampers),
  • Active Steering,
  • Head-Up Display,
  • Adaptive Headlights,
  • Cornering Lights,
  • High-Beam Assistant, and cruise control with brake function.
  • an MP3- compatible CD-player, and an AUX-in feature as standard.
  • A USB socket,
  • multi-channel audio system (option)
  • rear-mounted DVD system (option)
  • four-zone automatic air conditioning (option)
  • active seat ventilation (option)
  • back-up camera (option)
  • navigation systems (option)
  • BMW TeleAssist (option)

Although BMW Australian says engine lineup and specifications are not yet finalised for the Aussie market, there is a good chance all three variants will make it here. So lets have a look at the specifications in a little more detail:

4.4-litre Twin Turbo V8 petrol engine (X6 xDrive50i)

  • 300 kW between 5,500 rpm and 6,400 rpm,
  • 600 Nm from 1,750 rpm –4,500 rpm.
  • 0-100 km/h in 5.4 seconds
  • 12.5L/100km on the EU cycle.

Twin Turbo straight-six petrol engine (X6 xDrive35i)

  • 225 kW of power from 5,800 rpm – 6,250 rpm
  • 400 Nm from 1,300 rpm all the way to 5,000 rpm.
  • 0-100 km/h in a rapid 6.7 seconds,
  • 10.9L/100 km.

Twin Turbo 3.0-litre diesel (xDrive35d)

  • 210 kW at 4,400 rpm
  • 580 Nm from 1,750 rpm – 2,250 rpm.
  • 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds.
  • 8.3 litres/100 km.

The X6 will initially début in the U.S. and Europe before making its way to Australia in the third quarter of 2008. Expect prices to start at $90,000 and top out around $100,000 for the twin-turbo V8.

  • Me.

    This is a “coup’e”?

  • James F

    it looks good, and it will probably do really well, mainly because why would you buy an X3 when u can get this? Of course its bound to be expensive!

  • Myke

    The shape is rather awkward, like a sagging X5, left out in the sun too long.

  • Tonyn

    man this is ugly ugly ugly, what is BMW thinking.

    I could handle the “bangle” cars but this is just plain bad!!

  • alborz

    Am I the only one that thinks this looks Superb?

    Red isn’t the best colour, it will look a lot better in black

  • ScottB

    I don’t get this one at all. Why try to turn an SUV into a sportscar? Sure, it’ll sell by the truckload because there’s people out there that’ll buy anything with a BMW badge on it, but what they get in the end will be something that’s heavy, thirsty, impractical and without the capabilities of a either a true SUV or sportscar.

    Chalk this one up to clever marketing and the fact that you can fool all the people all the time.

  • Bavarian Missile

    Nope Alborz I love this ,did from the minute I saw the outline shape in the spy shots.This is about the only SUV BMW do I like though,but what about the grunt of the 4.4-litre Twin Turbo V8 petrol engine (X6 xDrive50i)That is incredible !Faster than my M3 or a current BF GT .But how much?? Impressed with the fuel economy figures too! Seeing mine does 12.4 around town!

  • Tonyn

    i just think of a coupe as a sports car and not an SUv, saw the concept at the sydney motorshow and it just looked really bad!

  • Cobra 302

    Looks od, but for some reason i like it. I want one with the twin turbo V8!!! Pretty good fuel consumption too. Maybe ford n holden should have a closer look at there v8′s. It has better fuel economy, around the same power, more torque and it has 2 turbos.

  • Myke

    It is far too big to have a coupe-like sloping back, it can’t put it off. Nice engines though…

  • 280zx

    They must have had the designer from SSangyong drop by?
    Seriously butt ugly waste of space…. Oh ohhh BM is going to cain me :o)

  • Tonyn

    yes i must admit it does look like a SSangyong actyon….

  • Bavarian Missile

    SSangyong……..pfffttt.280zx…Bend over the desk and
    hold on to your chair ,{ move away from the filling cabinet too don’t want you to hit your head again}hahaha ……….Hey thought of you on the weekend when I was sending various people on this site a pic of me dress in a sexy little ELF number…..shame you missed out!hehehe never mind!

  • Bavarian Missile

    Damn my comment is waiting moderation……look out 280zx !!

  • ImportJap

    Styling is a bit out there with the coupe style back, but very impressive powerplants.

  • Tonyn

    geez Bm, do you want me to organise a room!!! hehehehehe…. i will have to get a look at this elf shot!

  • 280zx

    Nah thats cool Tonyn i already have Haaaaa Yeah all good BM filing cabinet moved and desk all padded up :op Im still waiting for the bikini shots mind you!

  • Bavarian Missile

    Organise a room Tonyn ! Na thought you were moving in with me anyway so we could share that Merc,remember!hahaha

    Ok 280ZX You will get whipped till you admitt that BMWs are cool,you have been a bad boy!!!!! Bad boys don’t get Bikini shots let along Elf ones!! So you been naughty or nice this year ??ha!!

    Hey Cobra302……BMWs are super efficient with their engines,comes from years off development ! When hubby recently pulled the M3s injection system apart looking for a fault I had he couldn’t believe how clean it was internally compared to his BA GT at the time! Still looked new !

  • Myke

    BM did you have a drink at lunch?

  • Tonyn

    oh yeah i forgot i was moving in….. ill have to go and order that merc now!!

  • Bavarian Missile

    Myke….haven’t had lunch yet!

    How could you forget that fabulous MERC……let alone moving in ! hahaha. Hey have you seen the latest nanny control for BMWs .Head rests that move forward in an accident to prevent
    Whiplash! Could come handy in the XAs when you stomp on it….what you think?

  • Tonyn

    that merc is fantastic! im still drooling over it!!

    Yeah ill have some for my Xa!!!

  • Bavarian Missile

    Me neither……unless its AMG…..but I do also like the CSL500….one lives a few doors down from me fantastic gold colour!

  • Tonyn

    cls500′s are sweet, i love the look fo them, prob why i like the new vw passaty coupe shape!

  • Bavarian Missile

    Yep other way around!CLS!

  • Rob

    Wow .. two water-to-air intercoolers. Here’s hoping they use a separate cooling system to the engine (can never guess with the way manufacturers build to price)

  • tony

    The interiors are not even close to Audi quality!

  • Captain Mainwaring

    What an absolutely hideous looking vehicle, and useless as well. Tailor-made for those who think a Ssangyong Actyon looks good but with too much money and not enough taste to see past the magic badge.

  • Alien

    do not get the point of this whatsoever

    seriously.. what is the point?

  • Wheelnut

    I like the look of it. it’s good to see another SUV with Style; Curves and Aerodynamics – like the Lexus RX330.. instead of a Mobile Fortress. The sloping roofline really makes it a Sporty Utility Vehicle.

    As for practicality.. very few [medium-large] SUVs are what you could call practical on our congested roads particularly in the inner city. Anyway for a number of SUV [X5; ML; Prado] owners these days it’s more about image

  • Bavarian Missile

    Exactly Wheelnut!!!!!

  • golfschwein

    I thought Ssangyong Actyon before I read the posts. Gee, why do BMW have to copy all the time?

  • Bavarian Missile

    My anti-spam word is BMWM3 Golfschwein……..

    I know there shockers aren’t they!

  • Momo

    You know how Michael Jackson reshaped his nose not because he had to, but because he wanted to.

    Yup, this car is exactly like Michael Jackson’s nose.

    Its a freak show from hell.

  • Bavarian Missile

    Gee Momo that was a bit hard!!!! I think the colour is BURGUNDROT,and I agree not a good colour on it! But a beautiful shaped car! Tonyn if you don’t like it you could always dump it like the Americans do with their SUVS!!hahaha

  • Tonyn

    i still dont think that would help it! just think this is a design disaster!!

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  • 280zx

    Chin up BM :op

  • Tonyn

    its ok BM, will you trade the M for one of these?

  • Bavarian Missile

    No of course not! But it still looks cool!You have to admit the V8 is pretty quick! Imagine getting nailed by this at the lights !Totally unexpected!

  • ScottB

    Its a stupid, pointless fashion accessory. It won’t be used as an SUV, it’ll spend all its time being driven around in the city, it’s heavy and thirsty, it’ll have all the bump absorpancy of a go-kart, it’ll be out-handled by a Ford Fiesta XR4….really, this is the perfect vehicle for people that have more money than brains.

  • 280zx

    Soooooooo im going out on a limb here but i dont think ScottB likes it? Please correct me if im wrong LOL..