• Jan 5, 2009
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The BMW X6 remains something of an enigma, specifically, why does it exist? Nonetheless, it does and BMW is working on additional variants including a two-mode hybrid for release later this year and an M version. We don't have much detail yet on the X6 M, but BMW has put a video up on YouTube with Bernd Limmer from M GmbH demonstrating a prototype. The X6 M will evidently have a higher output version of the current twin turbo V8, probably hitting the magic 500 hp mark. The xDrive all-wheel-drive system is also being re-jiggered to send more torque to the rear axle. That should help reduce the understeer that the nose heavy V8 X6's are prone to. So far there is no word on when we will see the X6 M in the flesh, but either the Geneva Motor Show in March or Frankfurt Motor Show in September seem's likely. Follow the jump to see the X6 M for yourself in high-res video. Thanks to xeyad for the tip!

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I know I've read something on this blog in the past from the Bavarians that they would NEVER build an M edition of an SUV. Am I correct in saying that?

      That said the X6 is ugly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes you've probably read that here and elsewhere since it is a line that has commonly been trumpted by M Division talking heads for years.

        However, times are a-changin' at the M Division. No more ferrari-like engine in a street car. No more race-bred tuning philosophy. Its now the AMG way - big honkin' low-reving torque monster under the hood of every body-type we can get our hands on. I'm sure they will be nice cars, but I am going to miss the high revving M motors. :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugly. The X5 is good enough...


      But it will put certain sports cars on edge....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does it exist?

      Because people will buy it. I can't say I love it either, but you can't blame BMW for building something that people will buy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As a BMW enthusiast, I'm just hoping they don't make an X3 and X6 M. We don't need the M division becoming as diluted as AMG.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes. Why cheapen the M name? Why not just an X6 5.0is model?

        I hope they don't actually make it an "///M".
        • 6 Years Ago
        Good point, why not an X6 5.0is? I remember the X5 4.8is being badass.
        • 6 Years Ago
        An employee? How so?
      • 6 Years Ago
      There's going to be an X6 M, but no word on an M7. I don't get it. With the S63, S8, XJR around, why no M7?
        • 6 Years Ago
        The B7 isnt an M7. That would be like calling a Stasis Audi A4 an S4, or calling a Brabus GL Mercedes an AMG.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Like, oh my god, my husband has like an M3 or M5 or something like that and jeez I need to have an M BMW too so I did some research and I found out that I can get an M SUV like oh my god isn't that awesome? The girls at the gym will love it!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Once again, I lol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Err, that should have said "[1,3]35i".
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Michael

        Actually:

        {1, 3, 5, Z4 sDrive, X5 xDrive, X6 xDrive}35i

        Just kidding :D

        But yeah, the turbo powerplants make sense from economy/emissions POV. However, I just wish they would turbocharge the existing S65 V8 and S85 V10 instead of merely taking the N54 I6 and N63 V8 from the regular lineup and tweaking them. :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        And she should tell her husband to hold onto that M5 too. Because, in its next iteration, the very nice 8000+ RPM V10 in that car will be swapped out for this very same turbo V8 in this X6 M. And the next M3 will get a turbo I6. True story.

        Say "so long" to the high-revving motors. It's 7k RPM turbos from here on out. :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        Or, actually, "{1,3,5}35i".

        God I suck.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I absolutely love the X6. The M version would probably cream my pants.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Changing the torque split only reduces understeer when the power is ON. When you are approaching a corner, you are still at the mercy of weight distribution. Ask a WRX STi owner or GT-R owner.

      What a ridiculous vehicle.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why buy?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Do they really need a more aggresive version of of the X6? The normal one already looks like it wants to kill kitten just standing still.

      BMW is trying too hard these days. Gone are the days of the last gen "sleeper" 3s and 5s. Now you can tell a BMW from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. No wonder its the Ultimater Poseur's Driving Machine.

      • 6 Years Ago
      The regular X6 has a 5 month wait list. I can't imagine what this will have.
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