Vital Stats

Engine:
Twin-Turbo 4.4L V8
Power:
555 HP / 500 LB-FT
Transmission:
6-Speed Auto
0-60 Time:
4.5 Seconds
Top Speed:
155 MPH
Drivetrain:
All-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
5,324 LBS
Seating:
2+2
Cargo:
59.7 CU-FT (max)
MPG:
12 City / 17 HWY


When it comes to automotive oddities, the BMW X6 is one for the books thanks to its unusual chopped-roof crossover styling – a combination that BMW has long referred to as a "Sports Activity Coupe." But the BMW X6 M, the low volume high-performance variant, turns things up with oversized Matchbox-like wheels, a criminally powerful engine under hood and plenty of go-fast goodies. While it is far from appearing dated, BMW nevertheless made a few tweaks for the 2013 model year.

Driving Notes
  • Subtle enhancements include a 'power bulge' hood (identical to the one used on the now-defunct BMW X6 ActiveHybrid), minor cosmetic tweaks to the BMW-signature kidney grille and headlight improvements (HID beams are standard with LED headlights new to the options list). Wrapping up the changes, the brake calipers have been painted "M Blue" and front sport seats are now fitted at no additional cost. (The M graphics, and other carbon fiber components as shown above on our test vehicle, are additional options or dealer accessories.)
  • The X6 M drives just as wickedly as it looks. The twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 pumps out a very impressive 555 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, which is enough muscle to propel the 5,324-pound five-passenger CUV to 60 miles per hour in 4.5 seconds (top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph).
  • Massive tires (275/40R20 up front and 315/35R20 in the rear) and permanent all-wheel drive means the M has the tenacity and grip of a gecko, while sport suspension tuning helps it maintain its poise on even the most challenging roads.
  • The X6 M is a real hoot to drive. The commanding seating position, bolstered sport seats and thick steering wheel immediately put the driver in the proper mindset. It seriously scoots once the turbochargers are spooled (leaving an aggressive exhaust note in its wake) and the well-tuned underpinnings deliver mass-defying agility.
  • Despite the crossover's kick-in-the pants performance, we found the X6 M a single-mission vehicle – the hatchback is big, but its utility value is rather low. Not helping matters is a high curb weight, high drag coefficient (0.38) and a thirsty engine. Those combine to mean owners will spend lots of time opening the fuel filler door (the EPA rates the X6 M at 12 miles per gallon city and 17 mpg highway).
  • Feeding the beast is costly, but so is its base price. The 2013 X6 M, the Ultimate Driving Machine for the wealthy few who appreciate its styling (and absurdity), starts at $93,795 including destination.


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      a.romeo2
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like Clarksson once said " no substance, pure style". Pretty cool car though. Was fortunate to drive once. Spun all 4 wheels when accelerated:)
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Not helping matters is a high curb weight, low drag coefficient (0.38) and a thirsty engine." Don't you mean HIGH drag coefficient?
      e46mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nope. Still don't like this thing.
      BG
      • 2 Years Ago
      " far from appearing dated" Pity they could not do anything to keep it from looking stupid and pointless other than as a tool for the leaser/owner to demonstrate his wealth and amazingly bad taste.
      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is the gas tank a third of the weight? Any news on production limit?
      JC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yeah I like the X6M but went with the X5M for 2 reasons: 1. Actual utility/cargo room 2.Glass roof; cant have it in the X6M
      Justin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Put that engine in an M5 wagon and this becomes pointless for me.
        KCyclone
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin
        M5 wagon would be much more appealing, but this became pointless when it was announced, it does not need help.
          Justin
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KCyclone
          Can't really argue with that.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin
        [blocked]
          ...
          • 2 Years Ago
          No, a 5 wagon, you know, like the one sold overseas.
      throwback
      • 2 Years Ago
      How many X6s does BMW sell? I can't think of a more useless vehicle.
        telm12345
        • 2 Years Ago
        @throwback
        Plus 1, but unfortunately more than you think. They're rampant in NJ and parts of the city. They're complete status simple. They sell BECAUSE they're impractical. Conspicuous consumption at its best.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @telm12345
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          telm12345
          • 2 Years Ago
          @telm12345
          @ bbooth1986 - you hit the guido right on the head. (he won't feel a thing with all that jell though)
      Tom C
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like BMWs, but this is really probably the crazy-stupidest car for sale in the United States. It's an SUV but it can't go off-road. It's huge but it has tight headroom. It's a 4-door but it's a coupe. It's sporty but it's obese and jacked up. It costs a hundred grand but has cheesy boy-racer stripes. When I see these things, I always think - what exactly did you think you were buying, man? What do you want?!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tom C
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      g2k
      • 2 Years Ago
      this thing makes the 5GT look good
      Shiftright
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why does this thing exist? It's only good at being fast, expensive and ugly.
        i.own.your.ass
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Shiftright
        well you mentioned it being fast and expensive... isn't that enough for you??
      i.own.your.ass
      • 2 Years Ago
      X6 itself is a pretty good car... X6M is just mind-blowing...
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