BMW has treated its high-performance X6 M to a refresh for the 2013 model year, rolling the controversial bad boy out during the New York Auto Show for its first official appearance. Unfortunately, the changes are so subtle that we required an official BMW tour guide to point them out. In lieu of such a service for each of our readers, the next paragraph will have to suffice.

Most obvious is the new 'power bulge' hood, borrowed from the now-defunct BMW X6 Active Hybrid. Less visible are the cosmetic changes to the BMW-signature kidney grill and the new optional LED headlights (active HID bulbs remain standard). Peer inside the 20-inch wheels to spot the painted calipers, now in a distinguished "M" blue (vehicles with optional carbon/ceramic brakes have gold calipers). Lastly, inside the cabin, BMW's active sport seats are now standard.

Unchanged – and rightly so – is the gobsmacking twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 boasting 555 hp and 501 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a six-speed paddleshift automatic and permanent all-wheel drive, the hunchbacked hero will easily crack 60 mph in under than five seconds. By the way, you'll have to make your own arrangements to get the gaudy Olympic sponsorship graphics seen on the vehicle above.


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      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's still one fat, bloated, pig of a vehicle...............
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Car Guy
        Uh, have you seen the typical male in his 50s who leases it?
          • 2 Years Ago
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      ilovepartygirls
      • 2 Years Ago
      good looking machine
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      ferps
      • 2 Years Ago
      this vehicle represents everything that is wrong with BMW today.
      g2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      having a hard time deciding if this or the 5 gran turismo is the uglier vehicle
      tributetodrive
      • 2 Years Ago
      wow is that ugly. bmw should stick to real sedans and maybe the x5.
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      ponycargt
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah it looks nice and all but no real enthusiast would buy this -- Only the label conscious status seeker types need apply. If this same car had been made by Chevy or Dodge, the same people who are going out and buying these things would call it bloated ugly crap.
      Emil
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really laugh to the hater of this car, who can not afford even a tire of it! Come on cheapos; you deserve no more than your Corollas :P
      Joshua Bolden
      • 2 Years Ago
      This machine looks much better in person. I would not mind owing a 5.0i or an M model. They are definitely unique cars.
      Larry Fine
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW Aztec, surprised that they are not marketing this w/a 3 pedal setup (sarcasm)
        BG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Larry Fine
        What, use a human-operated clutch? Not possible for the demographic that leases this thing.
      djsmokybacon
      • 2 Years Ago
      As weird as it is conceptually, in many ways this is BMWs best-looking vehicle. No "character lines" that end up nowhere, no pregnant cat belly line at the bottom of the door, no odd proportions where the top of the car looks ungainly and too large for the bottom. Since roughly the end of life of the E46, BMW has sadly lost their way in design. And, yeah, I know they sell a lot of them, so somebody must like them, but they're just fugly now. Like overgrown, overpriced Subarus or something.
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