RE: 530hp BMW X6 M50i revealed

RE: 530hp BMW X6 M50i revealed

Wednesday 3rd July

530hp BMW X6 M50i revealed

BMW's Sports Activity Coupe gets another refresh, now boasting a sub-M flagship of more than 500hp



Announcing a new BMW X6 on PH is risky business. The SUV-coupe is a design that many car enthusiasts have failed to fall for, not least because it hinders one of the biggest draws of an SUV – cabin and boot space. But, with sales for BMW’s sleeker X5 sibling continuing to confirm that there are plenty who love the form, the new one is here. And, at the very least, it’s potentially one to wear those slightly awkward proportions most effectively, particularly in top-specification M50i form, where it shamelessly flaunts butchness with the swept roofline.

Like the X5 before it, the X6 M50i uses BMW’s familiar twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8, producing 530hp and 553lb ft of torque, giving it the grunt to spring from zero to 62mph 4.3 seconds and hammer into a 155mph limiter. Those are some serious stats for models that aren’t full-blown M derivatives. Below the M50i in the X6 range there’s a 400hp/561lb ft M50d, as well as two non-M-fettled models, the 265hp 30d and 340hp 40i, meaning there’s plenty of muscle across the line-up.


All cars use xDrive hardware, but even though 100 per cent of the torque can be sent rearwards to reduce fuel consumption during a run, the system won’t do the same when you’re going for it. It provides a rear-bias of torque to sharpen things up, but the front always remains engaged, so no M5 drift mode here – that’d be X6 M territory. Instead, the X6 gets an electronically-controlled locking differential at the rear that focusses its attention on maximising traction, rather than anything silly.

The same is said to be true for the standard-fit dynamic damper control, or, for cars with it, the Adaptive M suspension Professional that’s partnered by active roll bars and active steering. Optional two-axle air suspension adds more comfort and flexibility into the mix, with the ride height raising by as much as 80mm if needed. For those who want to get their X6 mucky, BMW offers an xOffroad package that adds under body protection to the air suspension system.


Something tells us more X6 buyers will be after those M Sport bits, however, for which the M50i gets the most. It wears larger front air intakes up front, thicker sills and its own, more dramatic rear bumper to emphasise its pace, along with BMW's individual high-gloss Shadow Line pack and other bits of trim in Cerium Grey. Inside, you can option in carbon fibre trim while an anthracite headliner is standard, as are no shortage of M logos.

While it’s put the specs out, BMW’s not yet confirmed prices for the new X6 range. But with a healthy bump in power over the old M50i and the firm’s latest cabin tech thrown in, we’re expecting something nudging towards the £80k mark for the most PH-worthy variant – or about £25k less than the 550hp Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo.







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HighwayStar

Original Poster:

2,431 posts

87 months

Tuesday 2nd July
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No real comment, I’m waiting for the usual suspects to appear and tell us why it shouldn’t exist and who will be driving it wink

RobDickinson

26,535 posts

197 months

Tuesday 2nd July
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What a pretty and environmentally responsible vehicle, I look forward to seeing this doing what it's designed for, whatever that is, smooth off roading between house and school?

Will that do?

hyphen

9,902 posts

33 months

Tuesday 2nd July
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vomit

Mark-C

3,003 posts

148 months

Tuesday 2nd July
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I'm sure it's very competent but that grille ...

It could be the best car in the world and cost £10 and I still don't think I could ..

Ashok

540 posts

202 months

Tuesday 2nd July
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god that's hideous
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Wills2

15,714 posts

118 months

Tuesday 2nd July
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Looks good to me, love their 530hp V8 as well gives the cars it's in some real punch I think I'd still take an X5 50i or 750i though.


Aletsch

76 posts

86 months

Tuesday 2nd July
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Comes with free key fob..

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BogBeast

948 posts

206 months

Tuesday 2nd July
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Mark-C said:
I'm sure it's very competent but that grille ...
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It's comical. Obviously hideous, but more comical ...

If I looked in the mirror and saw that I would wonder if I was being chased down the road by some great metallic pig...

rassi

1,984 posts

194 months

Tuesday 2nd July
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“Below the M50i in the X6 range there’s a 400hp/561lb ft M50d, as well as two non-M-fettled models, the 265hp 30d and 450hp 40i, meaning there’s plenty of muscle across the line-up.”

450 hp 40i? Hmmmm.... 340 hp?

rare6499

267 posts

82 months

Tuesday 2nd July
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Can we stop with these Coupe SUV’s please. They are all awful.

The rear of this is a total mess.

belleair302

6,116 posts

150 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Do customers across the UK lease or buy this vehicle? I dont see many of them around and live in an area where this type of vehicle will fit right on in alongside its competition that rest on every driveway nearby or clog up the roads at school times.

gigglebug

1,152 posts

65 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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belleair302 said:
Do customers across the UK lease or buy this vehicle?
Why do you care, why does it matter? Would your opinion be different one way or the other?

belleair302 said:
I dont see many of them around and live in an area where this type of vehicle will fit right on in alongside its competition that rest on every driveway nearby or clog up the roads at school times.
So what would be your ideal for unclogging the roads at school time? Baring in mind that if you are stuck behind 7 vehicles at 'school time' the length or width of the vehicles concerned aren't going to make any significant difference to the time you spend waiting. Unless you believe that being stuck behind 7 supermini's would save you a significant amount of time when compared to being stuck behind 7 SUV's.

Why are you so effected by the traffic at 'school time'? Are you clogging up the roads at that time too? Why should folks that are just trying to get their children to and from school, to gain an education and better themselves, have to put up with folks like you getting in their way?

Edited by gigglebug on Wednesday 3rd July 00:42

F1GTRUeno

4,151 posts

161 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Honestly, dead straight on like this:



The grille size kind of makes sense to me and looks in proportion with everything else.

It doesn't make it good looking of course but it makes sense.

The whole thing is an absolute travesty and a stain on the landscape but that's more a comment on how awful the average person is rather than anything of BMW's doing. They style and make cars to appeal to the wants and desires of people after all..

Chestrockwell

1,695 posts

100 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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I think it’s hideous but in a good way, I love it.’

Nerdherder

881 posts

40 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Killing one of these X coupes with fire is high on my bucketlist. These eyesores deserve no coverage on PH.

zestyfesty

34 posts

42 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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What appeals aesthetically is of course subjective. IMO this is an aberration on 4 wheels, resembles a panicked hyena.

GSE

1,213 posts

182 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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Fat, overweight and hideously ugly is the new beautiful now days. But I'm biased as I haven't liked anything BMW have made since about 2000.

Why do manufacturers bother with developing cleaner greener and more efficient cars when, at the drop of a hat, all the gains can be wiped out by driving one of those on a single trip to the supermarket.

Other than being fat, overweight hideously ugly, and cramped inside by the sound of it, what is it actually any good at?

SOL111

474 posts

75 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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HighwayStar said:
No real comment, I’m waiting for the usual suspects to appear and tell us why it shouldn’t exist and who will be driving it wink
Oh I dislike SUV's but this one is so pointless I love it.

Always liked the X6.

Baldchap

1,200 posts

35 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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GSE said:
Why do manufacturers bother with developing cleaner greener and more efficient cars when, at the drop of a hat, all the gains can be wiped out by driving one of those on a single trip to the supermarket?
Because people buy them in droves.

AC43

7,140 posts

151 months

Wednesday 3rd July
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RobDickinson said:
What a pretty and environmentally responsible vehicle, I look forward to seeing this doing what it's designed for, whatever that is, smooth off roading between house and school?
I saw a mum in an X5 on the school run off roading in one yesterday. Well when I say "off roading" she left the road part way round a small roundabout bounced up the kerb, continued along the pavement for a while then bounced back onto the road.

I drove past her later on when she had reached her destination and was attempting a (16 point) parallel park. I stopped, dropped my kids at the tube, turned round and passed he going the other direction. She was still trying to berth the thing.

Shame she didn't have the X6 as it's nimbleness and visibility would be excellent on crowded narrow London streets.