Putting the "sport" in sport utility

"Letter M stands out again!"

"I have no clue how BMW made such a heavy 2.3 ton SUV to accelerate, stop and handle like it does," said Khaled

"On the circuit, the V8 monster let me touch 240 kph"

"Skillful to performing everyday chores"

We all know that the letter M from BMW stands for performance and excitement, and that's exactly how I felt when I knew that I was to test drive the 2nd generation X6 M in the USA on the circuit of America: the amazing Formula 1 track.

BMW M GmbH has set the pace once again in the high performance Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) segment. When the previous generation arrived in 2009, it was the first time the high performance character distilled by BMW M GmbH had been transplanted into an all wheel drive BMW X model. The result was class-leading dynamics. The new BMW X6 M pulls no punches in writing the next chapter in this success story, with another significant step forward in dynamic excellence, emotionally rich M design and outstanding efficiency.

With its striking use of forms, the new BMW X6 M clearly flags its sporting ambitions. With its exterior painted fully in body color, looking like a low-slung figure on the road, the mixed tires showcase its sporty track width and lend extra credence to its premium perception. Numerous exclusive design elements, moreover, elevate the M model even further than before from the standard BMW X6.

Large air intakes at the front end, the kidney grille with twin slats, side gills with a model badge and air breathers, M-specific exterior mirrors in twin-stalk style, a typically M four-tailpipe exhaust system and a rear spoiler give it a standalone look M fans will immediately recognize. Setting the seal on this exclusive range of features are M-specific 20 inch light-alloy wheels with mixed tires or forged 21 inch M light-alloy wheels (optional).

The high quality interior impresses with its well-thought-through combination of sporty features, exclusive materials and flawless workmanship. Leather trim as standard, the M instrument cluster, M leather steering wheel with aluminum gearshift paddles and M gearshift lever - which works in the same way as the familiar M Double Clutch Transmission - are complemented by electrically operated M sports seats for the driver and front passenger, an M driver's footrest and the optional head-up display which, in addition to the standard system, also includes an M-specific display with gear indicator, rev band and shift lights.

The new M TwinPower Turbo engine for the BMW X6 M is the most powerful unit ever developed by BMW for an all wheel drive vehicle. Boasting innovative M TwinPower Turbo technology with a pair of TwinScroll turbochargers, cross-bank exhaust manifolds, VALVETRONIC and high precision direct petrol injection, the 4.4 liter V8 produces maximum output of 575 hp between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm. That represents a four percent increase over the predecessor models. The step up is even clearer when it comes to the power development of the new engine. Peak torque has been boosted by 70 Nm, which equates to a rise of 10 percent. Its 750 Nm can be enjoyed across a broad rev range between 2,200 and 5,000 rpm.

At the same time, fuel consumption of the new BMW X6 M in the EU cycle has been cut by 20 percent - from 13.9 l/100 km to 11.1 l/100 km. CO2 emissions are likewise down by more than 20 percent, to 258 g/km. The X6 M accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds through the standard eight speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. Top speed is limited to 250 kph.

Driving Impressions
When you see the car, its looks state that it's big but also aerodynamic at the same time. When I walked around the car, I saw a touch of refinement in design, especially at the front bumper where you see those four big vents. The intercoolers are hidden behind those four vents. They help to cool down the twin turbo and this means the constant performance from the 575 HP. Instantly, the minute you press the engine start button, you hear athletic music from the exhaust and it's lovely!

The most impressive feeling about driving it is the twist of the chassis which has been improved with the suspension, which is translated into faster cornering and better handling during maneuvering on the track.

When you drive a fast car you need powerful brakes, and that's something BMW didn't miss at all. The X6 M has bigger discs and brake pads to insure a maximum control on the 575 HP which boost the mighty SUV from 0 to 100 kph in just 4.4 seconds .
My only concern is the weight of the vehicle. It is nearly 2.3 tons. So I expect with a full load of passengers it will reach almost 2.5 tons.

At the end of the day, the question remains: Is the BMW X6 M the ultimate (niche) driving machine? If you're planning to spend around USD $100,000 on a car, you might consider this commanding SUV.

Rivals: Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S Coupe, Porsche Cayenne GTS, Range Rover Sport SVR
Pros: powerful, handling, comfort, uniqueness, equipped
Cons: heavy weight
4.5 stars

4.4 liter M TwinPower Turbo, V8, 575 hp @ 6000-6500 rpm, 750 Nm @ 2200-5000 rpm
8 speed M Steptronic with Drivelogic, AWD
0-100 kph: 4.2 secs, 11.1 L/100 km, top speed: 250 kph
Weight: 2350 kg

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