On the launch pad today is the second-generation F86 BMW X6 M dressed in Melbourne red metallic paint. German brawn comes from a 4.4-liter M TwinPower turbocharged V8 said to be the most powerful engine developed for the company’s all-wheel drive models. Hot or not? You decide after watching the video and let us know in the comments section below.
With 567 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of twist — 12 horsepower and 10% more torque than the E71 X6 M — that rockets the burly Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) from zero to 60 mph in a scant 4.0 seconds. Power — sent through an eight-speed M Sport automatic transmission with Drivelogic and launch control — transfers to all four wheels via xDrive with Dynamic Performance Control.
BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system has electronically adjustable damping that sets the right amount of firmness for Comfort, Sport, and Sport+ modes, while the M Servotronic steering system has multiple parameters to suit driver preference. The staggered 21-inch M alloy wheels now come wrapped with non-run-flat tires for better steering response and greater traction. Active Roll Stabilization chassis technology keeps body roll under control and works harmoniously with the other systems to make the big X6 M SAC corner like a sports coupe.
The front bumper has large intakes to cool the transmission, engine, and massive front binders. Aero treatments underneath reduce lift and improve overall aerodynamics of the powerful body. “Air breathers” located behind the front wheels and rear diffuser reduce air turbulence and drag in the car’s wake, and improves airflow under the car. Adding more downforce is a rear spoiler.
Drivers are treated to the distinctive leather-wrapped M steering wheel with shifter paddles, M gearshift lever, and exclusive electric M multifunction seats. The M instrument cluster, comprehensive BMW ConnectedDrive, and optional full-color head-up display inform the driver of gears, rev range, and shift light. The BMW M lap timer app is also available for selected smartphones and can be accessed via the iDrive controller.
|2015 BMW X6 M SPECS|
|Price as tested||N/A|
|Engine||4.4L M TwinPower twin-turbo V8|
|Power (hp)||567 @ 6,000 – 6,500 rpm|
|Torque (lb-ft)||553 @ 2,200 – 5,000 rpm|
|Drivetrain layout||front engine / all-wheel-drive|
|Curb weight||5,185 lbs.|
|Weight distribution||51.6% / 48.4% (front/rear)|
|EPA-estimated fuel economy mpg||14 / 19 (city/highway)|
|Acceleration 0-60 mph||4.0 seconds|
|Top track speed||156 mph (limited electronicall)|