X6-based M Model On the Way


If your idea of a BMW M-car is not a four-seat SUV/Coupe that weighs over two tonnes then look away now - because the X6 is joining the party! According to reports BMW has confirmed a high performance version of the X6 after seeing how well the Cayenne Turbo and AMG Mercedes MLs have done.

Speaking with Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, the boss of BMW’s M division, Ludwig Willisch said that sports versions of the X5 and X6 are in the pipeline and sales are expected to match those of the M5. While they will still be powered by BMW’s new 4.4L V8 twin-turbo engine, output is expected to be higher than the current 400bhp (298kW) and 450lb-ft (600Nm) torque in the xDrive50i.

The car will have larger intakes at the front and could make its debut early next year, said Willisch. It will also have a revised grille and new side mirrors. For the rest of the range he said there will be no 1 Series-based M car and no M3 Touring.

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  • phylet 30 Jul 2008

    This thing is going to be sucking children into its air intake.

  • Phil Dicky 30 Jul 2008

    Coming to a Premiership car park near you soon.

  • jgt1972 30 Jul 2008

    I saw one of these in Sheffield yesterday, they're bloody huge!

  • ASBO 30 Jul 2008

    Sod it,

    As a form of transport for the 99th percentile where you're not honing your lap times to perfection, this car makes sense. It's big, looks cool and offers good visability. It's what people want clearly as BMW can't make enough of them.

    I think the //M version could be quite a tool.

  • Magners P.H 30 Jul 2008

    ASBO said:
    Sod it,

    As a form of transport for the 99th percentile where you're not honing your lap times to perfection, this car makes sense. It's big, looks cool and offers good visability. It's what people want clearly as BMW can't make enough of them.

    I think the //M version could be quite a tool.
    I would buy one. Can run over G-wizz's and such like with it's enormous tyres.

    Can not imagine it depreciating well though (M5 and M6's do not seem to hold their value too well)

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