This is the new BMW X6 M – the leading performance variant of the recently released third-generation X6 Coupe SUV. The X6 M is set to debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, before going on sale in April 2020 alongside its brother X5 M. It’s available to order now, although the UK market only gets the X6 M in competition form, Prices start at £113,310.
The BMW X6 M Competition is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which produces 616 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque. Power is sent through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to a rear-biased all-wheel drive system, giving the SUV a 0-62 mph time of 3.8 seconds, a 0 to 124 mph time of 13.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 miles per hour.
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Chassis modifications to the standard BMW X6 include an upgraded active differential, larger perforated and ventilated disc brakes with six-piston calipers for the front axle and an additional strut between the front suspension struts. BMW has also installed a unique trim plate near the front subframe of the X6 to improve body stiffness and handling.
As with all BMW M Performance models, the characteristics of the X6 M Competition engine can be modified via buttons in the center console, as well as the electronic dampers, the all-wheel drive system and the exhaust note. An M mode is also featured, which supports the X6 M’s assistance systems and reduces the amount of information that appears on the vehicle’s screens.
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Exterior styling additions are plentiful, extending to a more aggressive body kit, new kidney grilles, a pair of M-branded gills for the front wings, a set of flared wheel arches, a four-outlet exhaust system, a new rear spoiler and a lightweight telescoping set with wheels 21″ on the front axle and 22″ alloy wheels on the rear.
Inside, buyers get a pair of power-adjustable and heated leather-trimmed sport seats, a sport steering wheel with M mode buttons in red, illuminated sill panels, unique hexagonal door card quilts and Alcantara headliner. Buyers also get two-zone climate control as standard, as well as a 12.3-inch digital instrument box and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system.
Optional extras include a carbon fiber rear spoiler, carbon fiber interior trim, panoramic glass roof, heated/cooled cup holders, front seat ventilation and massage functions and a Bowers and Wilkins premium surround sound system.
BMW also offers the M Driver’s Package, which raises the SUV’s top speed to 180 mph. The German brand’s Laserlight LED headlights are also available, increasing the X6 M’s high beam range to around 500 metres.
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