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2015 BMW X6 M : New performance SUV drops camouflage

CarAdvice’s spy photographers have snapped the most revealing images of the new BMW X6 M to date ahead of its anticipated unveiling later this year.

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The shots show the red X6 M prototype in seemingly production-ready form on public roads in Germany with only small sections of camouflage wrap disguising its front and rear bumpers, wing mirrors and side blades behind the front wheels.

The images confirm the high-performance version of the second-generation X6 range will score the usual enhancements from the M Division, with a gloss black twin-slat kidney grille, front bumper with large air intakes, black 10-spoke alloy wheels, blue brake calipers, unique mirror caps, boot lid lip spoiler, and sporty rear bumper with large diffuser and quad exhaust outlets.

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Big changes are expected beneath the skin too. An uprated version of the outgoing model’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 will feature under the bonnet, and should deliver big power and torque gains.

Rumours have linked the enhanced powertrain with a power output of close to 450kW, up significantly on the 408kW of the outgoing model and above the 423kW of the M5 super sedan. Torque is also tipped to rise beyond its current 680Nm peak.

The new BMW X6 M is also expected to trade the old model’s six-speed automatic transmission for the seven-speed dual-clutch auto found in the M5 and M6.

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As with the regular X6 range, a higher percentage of aluminium and composite materials in the M’s platform and body should lead to a weight reduction of around 80 kilograms, further boosting performance and efficiency.

The current X6 M weighs 2305kg, accelerates from 0-100km/h in a claimed 4.7 seconds, and consumes 13.9 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

The new BMW X6 M is tipped to make its international debut at the Los Angeles auto show in November before going on sale in Australia in the first half of 2015, a few months after the regular variants of the second-generation range reach local showrooms in December.