• Feb 20th 2010 at 7:59PM
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2011 BMW X6 with Performance Accessories – Click above for high-res image gallery

When BMW debuted the X6 M last year, we were initially a bit skeptical about how the porky crossover (still having a hard time calling it a Sports Activity Coupe) would be received by enthusiasts. However, after a good deal of seat time, we learned that while the X6 M is ridiculously unnecessary, it's a total blast to drive, especially on the track. Now, enthusiasts looking to get some of the X6 M's mystique without shelling out $89,000 can have their own unique version of the X6, thanks to new accessories from BMW Performance.

The list of optional modifications starts with two different power kits, depending on which engine the stock X6 is equipped with. xDrive35i models gain an additional 20 horsepower and 37 pound-feet, bringing the total output to 326 hp and 332 lb-ft. The xDrive50i gets a bit more oomph, with power increased to 448 hp (up by 41) and 479 lb-ft (up by 37). Keep in mind, these power figures are based on of the 2011 X6, which has slightly different powertrains from the current model. What does it all mean? Six-cylinder X6s will be able to do 0-60 runs in just 6.5 seconds, and V8 models will do it in just 5.2.

From there, BMW Performance offers an aerodynamics kit, which includes a revised front bumper, side sills and an insert for the rear bumper. Other aero options include a rear spoiler, matte black rear fins, and a black front grid. Additionally, a new set of 21-inch light-alloy wheels are available wrapped in much sticker rubber. Interior tweaks include a new flat-bottom steering wheel with alcantara coating, as well as aluminum pedals. Given that Bimmer accessories are anything but cheap, plan on writing a substantial check if you're looking to go all-out with the extra toys.

X6 owners can pick up their BMW Performance accessories through the automaker's dealer network, and all modifications are fully backed by BMW's warranty standards. For the full details, click through the jump to read the official press release.

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The BMW X6 stands out in particular through its unique sporting looks and performance, unmistakable design adding a most exclusive touch. And now the truly discerning driver is able to make the driving experience and looks of the world's first Sports Activity Coupé even more outstanding, tailoring all the car's features to his individual, sporting preferences.

The wide range of products from BMW Performance offers numerous options for this purpose, ensuring an even more intense experience of driving dynamics and the fascinating, aesthetic design of the BMW X6. The range of retrofittable options specially developed for BMW's unique Sports Activity Coupé for the drivetrain, suspension, aerodynamics and cockpit is included in the broad selection of BMW Original Accessories.

BMW Performance components convey know-how from motorsport to the road, expressing a particular passion for supreme performance and characteristic design. All features in the BMW Performance product line are available individually, enabling the driver of a BMW X6, through the choice of selected components, to set clear sporting highlights in all areas he finds particularly relevant. At the same time all BMW Performance products may be combined with one another to provide a harmoniously balanced overall package.

Aerodynamics and the suspension: precise optimisation, individual style.

The sporting looks of the BMW X6 are accentuated more than ever before by the BMW Performance Aerodynamics Kit with features and elements tailored exactly in both style and function to BMW's Sports Activity Coupé. This even includes the cameras and sensors for the Park Distance Control, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, and the Side View driver assistance system.

The BMW Performance Aerodynamics Kit is made up of the front bumper, side-sills and an insert for the rear bumper, all in special design and all finished in body colour. The BMW Performance Aerodynamics Kit for the BMW X6 may also be supplemented by a rear spoiler, rear fins in matt black and a front grid finished in high-gloss black paint.

BMW Performance light-alloy wheels in Y-spoke design further optimise the dynamic driving potential and the striking looks of the BMW X6. Reduced in weight, these cast light-alloy 12-inch wheels stand out in particular through their roll-milled rim hump and exclusive twin-tone finish with a glossy outside surface and Ferric Grey paintwork between the rims. A special production method reduces the weight of each wheel by approximately 1,500 grams compared with conventional wheels of the same size. The reduction in unsprung masses ensured in this way has a positive effect on both the driving dynamics and steering behaviour of the BMW X6.

The BMW Performance light-alloy wheels come on tyres varying in size from front to rear and featuring runflat qualities allowing the driver to continue even after a complete loss of pressure. Rim dimensions are 10J x 21 at the front on 285/35 R21 tyres and 11.5J x 21 on 325/30 R21 tyres at the rear.

BMW Performance Power Kit: even more muscle when accelerating.

The BMW Performance Power Kit available as a retrofittbale option on the gasoline versions of the BMW X6 as of June 2010 increases both torque and acceleration to an even higher standard. Developed specifically for the V8 power unit in the BMW X6 xDrive50i and the straight-six in the BMW X6 xDrive35i, the Performance Power Kit significantly improves both acceleration and elasticity through a further increase in maximum output and peak torque precisely matched to the car's power characteristics.

The BMW Performance Power Kit comprises appropriate modifications to engine management with a positive effect on the development of power in both engines. The Kit was developed by BMW's engine specialists and naturally reflects the high quality standards of the BMW Group with the increase in power and torque remaining in full compliance with all warranty rights and claims on the part of the customer.

The BMW Performance Power Kit raises maximum output of the eight-cylinder with BMW TwinPower Turbo and High Precision Injection in the BMW X6 xDrive50i by 30 kW/41 hp to 330 kW/448 hp. Peak torque, in turn, is up by 50 Newton-metres/37 lb-ft to 650 Nm/479 lb-ft. The six-cylinder power unit of the BMW X6 xDrive35i equipped with Twin Turbo technology and High Precision Injection shows an increase in maximum output by 15 kW/20 hp to 240 kW/326 hp, with peak torque increasing by 50 to 450 Newton-metres/332 lb-ft.

Benefiting from the BMW Performance Power Kit, both models accelerate 0.2 seconds faster from a standstill to 100 km/h, the BMW X6 xDrive50i with the BMW Performance Power Kit completing this sprint in 5.2 seconds, the BMW X6 xDrive35i in 6.5 seconds. Acceleration in gears from 80 – 120 km/h (50 – 75 mph) is 0.5 seconds faster in each model.

Likewise starting in June 2010, BMW Performance also offers a sports exhaust system. Available also on the BMW X6 xDrive50i and BMW X6 xDrive35i, this option stands out clearly through its chrome-plated tailpipes, at the same time offering even lower weight and a particularly striking sound pattern together with a further reduction of exhaust counter-pressure.

Cockpit: driver's workplace like in a sports car.

BMW Performance offers attractive accessories also for the car's interior design, again raising the sporting driving experience in the BMW X6 to an even higher standard. As an example, all model variants of BMW's Sports Activity Coupé may be equipped with a BMW Performance sports steering wheel with a flattened rim at the bottom and alcantara coating for optimum grip and a pleasant touch in all temperatures.

The driver's workplace is further optimised in the true style of a genuine sports car by BMW Performance aluminium pedals and the BMW Performance driver's footrest. In their technical features and design all of the BMW Performance components available in the BMW X6 comply in full with the typical style of the brand and naturally fulfil all of BMW's supreme standards in terms of quality and safety.

Accordingly, they are fully in line with all BMW warranty standards and requirements. BMW Performance accessories and features are sold and fitted by BMW Dealers and Service Partner as well as BMW Retail Outlets.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I would love to put one of are Vehicle tracking devices on this car to see how fast it would go, Since are product tracks in seconds. we could see real speeds would be great. http://www.slgps.com
      • 5 Years Ago
      Roof rails?? Really??
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those are the most useless roof rails I have ever seen on a SUV. At least on the X5 or Cayenne, they are perfectly usable. Not so with the X6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i know how sporty can the thing be if it still has the roof rails
        • 5 Years Ago
        it looks better with the roof rails.
        • 5 Years Ago
        sparrk, there's only one way the X6 can look better... if it catches fire, ehehehehhehehehh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can't fix Ugly...
      • 5 Years Ago
      What ever happened to making vehicles lighter in order to facilitate better performance?
      Rear fins = 50hp
      MATTE BLACK Rear fins = 600hp.
      Why has 'performance' been reduced to a trim package?

      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm so sick of hearing people bash the X6. Everyone always bitches about how it can't go off road, blah blah. You wanna drive up a mountain?!?! Buy a Wrangler! At no point in the X6 marketing campaign was it stated that this thing was a beastly off-roader. Maybe it's because I'm seeing the world through the eyes of a 24 year old, but I like the X6 because it's not like every other SAV out there. When car companies mess up, others steer well clear (PT Cruiser, Aztek, etc) But when they get something right, and pique the interests of a certain niche, others follow suit. Yes, Acura ZDX, I'm pointing at you. The question shouldn't be "why" an X6. It should be "why not" an X6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sorry, but I have to point out the fact that you're entire reply was subjective. You say it's ugly, that's you're opinion. There are plenty of us out there that disagree. Also, the last time I checked, America isn't the land of V8TT wagons, so clearly acceleration and speed is one thing the wagon isn't better at. Maybe you haven't looked outside lately either, because while I certainly like wagons, the truth is, that they just are not that popular in this country. The X5 is an SAV, not a CUV, so you're wrong about that as well. But hey, after all, it's impossible to win an argument with someone whose facts are based on opinion alone.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As I matter of fact I am a former employee of BMW. I no longer work there due to economic troubles. The X5 is not a "wannabe" anything. It's an SUV plain and simple. You fail to address my point about people in this country not being interested in wagons. You think that people in America give a damn about center of gravity and handling when it comes to station wagons? No. Those things matter to those that want an SUV. So what if it can't scale a 60° incline made of rocks and liquid hot magma. How about you refute my argument without calling the X6 a bloated "pig". You keep talking about how the E61 can carry so much more than the X6. Had you even considered that there might be people out there that don't need the ability to carry a ton of cargo? If wagons were so much better than SUVs, then I could go to my local dealer and pick up an E61 M5, or an RS6 Avant, or an E63 wagon, but I can't. Know what I can get? An X6M, or an X5M, maybe even a ML63 AMG. The interest does not lie in wagons. I'm sorry.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why not an X6? Because 1) it is horribly ugly and 2) other BMWs do everything the X6 will do, but do it better. The 5 series wagon is a better car than the X6 in every way. The X5 is a better CUV than the X6 in every way. And both the X5 and 5 series wagon are far better looking.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I recall the 2011 gets the N55 single turbo 6. Those are good numbers for that motor. This gives me hope that the M1 will be single turbo with 350hp
        • 5 Years Ago
        The M1 will have 350+ hp but I believe it's the N54 which BMW stated is for performance models?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I usually hate the #&@* out of the X6, but this pic looks... different. in a good way

      • 5 Years Ago
      "Performance accessories" for this bloated pig?

      Peter De Lorenzo got it right in Wednesday's Rant in "The Autoextremist", "It’s official: The poseurs and in-house cynics are out to destroy BMW from within.":

        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah that's why Daimler just posted a $2B+ LOSS for 2009 while BMW made a PROFIT again.

        Go buy your Smart car I'll take a 2011 BMW 5 Series that's getting stellar reviews.

        FYI I love the AE guy he just doesn't have a clue on this one. He's in love with Audi ...
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The company that built the 2002tii is no longer" buy a bone stock 1 series and throw out everything that's not necessary and i mean everything , from the radio to airbags and AC and you'll have a modern 2002.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amen. The X6 and 550 GT are clear signs that BMW has completely lost their way. The company that built the 2002tii is no longer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      whenever i see this car, i simply recall Jeremy Clarkson's scathingly hilarious review of it on this past season of Top Gear.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you like this car, you should not be a fan of this website. I like BMW's, but this thing is a joke.
        • 5 Years Ago
        it's not a SUV , it doesn't try to be a SUV , it's a SAV.
        • 5 Years Ago

        The 550GT is a 5-door sedan, with a sedan ride height. It is a big bloated sedan... but it is a sedan.

        The X6 is a 5 door sedan with an SUV ride height. It is an even BIGGER, BLOATED-ER SUV/Car weirdo, that isn't as practical as an SUV with a longer roof, and is nowhere near aerodynamic enough for a 5-door sedan roofline to make a bit of difference.

        Why should one prefer the X6 to the 5-series GT? they are basically the same thing, except that the 5-GT doesn't pretend to be a SUV...

        That is like complaining about someone liking the Impreza 5 door more than the Outback Sport 5 door. They are the same thing, one just tries to play at soft-roader ride height and SUV-appearance chic, and the other doesn't... and they are both ugly.

        I'd use the Legacy wagon vs Outback analogy, but the Legacy Wagon is kyboshed in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        So you like the 550 GT more than the X6? For shame.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Why should one prefer the X6 to the 5-series GT? "

        you answered that question yourself :

        "The X6 is a 5 door sedan with an SUV ride height."

        some people like that, why do you hate those people ? what have they done to you ?
      • 5 Years Ago
      did anyone notice that background/track looks very similar to one in forza 3
      • 5 Years Ago
      The best accessory would be a giant paper bag...
        • 5 Years Ago
        This accessory would also look really nice on the Acura ZDX.
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