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Going Fast, Go Big
An SUV doesn’t have to be a boring vehicle reserved exclusively for trips to and from soccer practice. And thanks to automakers like Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, they aren’t.
We can’t blame you for wanting to go fast even if an SUV is what you need, so here’s AutoGuide‘s Top 10 Fastest SUVs based on their 0-60 acceleration times.
BMW has announced a special edition X6 M model on its Facebook page that will be limited to just 100 units.
The X1 has been long awaited to make its American debut since the German automaker announced its delay, due to high demand in the European market. Confirmed is the new TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine powering the BMW X1 with 245-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. We are still hoping that BMW will bring its X1 M35i xDrive to America.
The third generation M6 is powered by a new M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine with 560-hp with a seven-speed M-DCT transmission. The 6 Series Gran Coupe will also arrive early this summer to American dealerships.
GALLERY: BMW X1 xDrive28i
We’ve already seen that BMW has updated its X6 M for 2013, and we have good reason to believe that the German automaker will do the same to the X5 M, even though nothing has been formally announced. What has been announce, however, is pricing for both models with the X5 M starting at $88,850 and the X6 M starting at $91,900.
Both SUVs get a price increase of $1,600 compared to last year’s MSRP but they also receive some other changes besides what we’ve already noted on the X6 M and what we assume is coming on the X5 M. Both vehicles will now come with the same blue-painted M calipers that can be seen on the new M5 as well as standard M-multifunction seats.
For interior color choices, BMW has done away with the Mugello Red Full Merino Leather and has replaced it with Sakhir Orange Full Merino Leather. Both models now come with new, optional LED headlights.
BMW also announced pricing for the optional equipment on both models, with the Active Ventilated Seat Package costing $900; full LED headlights will run $1,900; and either M-style wheel can be ordered at no additional charge.
Look for the X6 M to bow at the New York Auto Show in April.
With all the excitement surrounding the official release of the BMW M Performance Diesel models, we almost forgot that the actual M models might be receiving some attention for the new year too.
For 2013, BMW gave the X6 M a light refresh, subtly changing the front of the crossover with new LED headlights and grille. Also included in the update are new leather interior choices. The 2013 BMW X6 M will continue to be powered by a 4.4L twin-turbo, V8 powerplant with 547-hp and 502 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed M Sport automatic transmission.
Check out two videos of the 2013 BMW X6 M facelift below and read AutoGuide’s BMW X6 M Review here.
A second video has now been unleashed on the Internet, with the same blurring of the headlights, taillights and rear badging of the upcoming X6 M Diesel. By now no one believes it’s anything else other than that, and now it’s just a matter of time before the clear picture comes into focus and whether or not this X6 M will be breathing through a tri-turbo, six-cylinder diesel powerplant.
Check out the new video after the break teasing the upcoming BMW X6 M Diesel.
Widebody, big and bold, Hamann has transformed BMW‘s X6 M to a 670-hp and 700 ft-lbs of torque beast, an increase of 115-hp and 74 ft-lbs of torque. Combine that with the drastic styling changes and Hamann’s Typhon Evo M is clearly one of their most ambitious offerings yet.
And that says a lot, with Hamann’s huge collection of tuning packages available for various BMW models. The entire body is widened around 2.36-inches that works well with the entirely new front bumper, side skirts and rear diffuser kit. Enlarged air inlets along with a carbon fiber hood also offers performance enhancements while the aerodynamics are further tuned with the aid of rear and roof spoilers.
The additional power comes from the titanium exhaust system featuring high-flow cat replacements. Toss in an ECU retune and the X6 M’s power reaches new heights with minimal impact on daily reliability.
For wheels, Hamann has a collection of various models available; for their demo X6 M they chose a 23-inch set of Unique Forged Anodized wheels, staggered with a 11-inch setup in the front and 12-inch setup in the rear. The X6 M was also lowered 1.57-inches to complete the look.
Finishing off the entire package is a brake upgrade from Hamann featuring 6-piston calipers in the front and 4-piston calipers in the rear. Interior upgrades begins with nanai salmon leather and is accented with aluminum pedals and foot rest. The factory steering wheel is swapped out for a sportier variant and lastly a trunk floor mat is available with stitched logos.
Official press release available after the break.
GALLERY: Hamann Typhoon Evo M
There’s no better way to build success than to take a winning formula and applying it on a larger scale. That’s what BMW did with their X5 and X6, and exotic car tuner Mansory has followed suit, taking the foundation from their BMW X5 M tuning program and applying it to the X6 M. But this time Mansory wanted to match the performance prowess and sportiness of the X6 M by mixing in more carbon fiber components.
Similar to the X5 M, Mansory’s X6 M sports widened front and rear fenders. The front has been widened around 2.75-inches while the rear gets around 3.15-inches of widening. Side skirts were designed to match the widened fenders, while the front bumper is much more aggressive than the factory unit, but very much similar to what’s seen on Mansory’s X5 M.
Back in the rear is a diffuser styled for Mansory’s quad-tipped exhaust system while the trunk and roof receive a carbon fiber spoiler.
Performance is also a focus for any Mansory package, and the X6 M receives plenty of it. Horsepower jumps from the factory 555-hp to 670-hp while torque goes from 501 ft-lbs to to an astonishing 700 ft-lbs. Along with the Mansory exhaust system, new headers and an ECU tune is all it takes for the added power.
To match the widebody, Mansory outfits the X6 M with a set of 23-inch wheels while a larger brake upgrade enhances stopping performance. And of course, Mansory will custom tailor the interior to suit the owner’s wants and needs.
GALLERY: Mansory BMW X6 M
The BMW X6 M continues to be a confused child in our eyes in the crossover segment. The twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8 tosses out 555-hp and 501 ft-lbs of torque, numbers that rival the much larger and more popular Porsche Cayenne Turbo. But BMW sticking their coveted M-badge on a SAV (or SUV, whichever you’d like to believe the X6 is) almost seems sacrilegious to us. But hey, the world is changing and so we have to accept that people want performance-themed utility vehicles.
So all we can do is go with the flow and accept it for what it is. But thankfully there are companies like AC Schnitzer out there that are trying to make the X6 M find its identity. And naturally, with all the performance the X6 M has from the factory, AC Schnitzer mostly focused on the aesthetics inside and out.
With a contrasting combination of carbon fiber and chrome, AC Schnitzer’s offerings to enhance the exterior include a front spoiler, front grille, hood vents, wheel arch extensions, rear roof wing, rear spoiler and rear diffuser. And one interesting modification is a hood top that is made of carbon with an acrylic glass window displaying the insides of the engine bay. Perhaps AC Schnitzer caught a glimpse of all those Photoshop “see-through” hoods everyone seems to do.
Inside the X6 M, one can get themselves a collection of AC Schnitzer-branded parts. The gauge cluster converts the speedometer to 360 km/h while sporting a fashionable AC Schnitzer logo on the tachometer. The new cluster sports a white background and red illuminated needles. Then there are the “black Exclusiv” carbon fiber interior pieces and steering wheel insert. The rest are just simple amenities including a carbon cover for the automatic gear knob, aluminum cover for the i-Drive system and aluminum foot rest and pedal set. If that isn’t enough, velour floor mats are available with AC Schnitzer branding.
AC Schnitzer also has an impressive catalog of wheels and their 20-, 22-, and 23-inch offerings for the X6 M gives a variety of choices.
Check out the extensive gallery for all detailed photos of everything AC Schnitzer is offering for the X6 M.
GALLERY: AC Schnitzer BMW X6 M
Official press release available after the jump:
The first ever “Sports Activity Coupe”, the X6 is quite the interesting vehicle from BMW. It’s been a controversial crossover since its release, especially with the addition of the M-moniker to the car. The X6 M features more aggressive styling than the standard-issue model while being powered with BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8. With 555-hp and 501 ft-lbs of torque, the X6 M is a perfect competitor to Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo and Turbo S at a more affordable MSRP of $89,000. So it’s not surprise that the aftermarket has jumped on this hot new crossover with the carbon-fiber experts at Vorsteiner leading the way.
In recent years, Vorsteiner has made a huge name for itself with fantastic tuning packages for multiple BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Bentley models. From performance to wheels to aesthetics, Vorsteiner’s trademark has been a nice blend of carbon fiber to its mild aggressiveness. The BMW X6 M aerodynamic package from Vorsteiner comes complete with a front spoiler, vented hood, roof and deck lid spoilers and a rear diffuser. Vorsteiner claims the vented hood is 40-percent lighter than factory and adds some big vents for cooling. Vorsteiner is also pushing its 23-inch V-102 wheels on their demo car. The VRS X6 M aero kit will be available in the summer of 2010.
[Source: Vorsteiner News]
GALLERY: Vorsteiner BMW X6 M
Both models to get direct-injection twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with 555hp
It has long since been rumored that BMW would use the New York Auto Show to drop a bomb on the crossover market with an M-powered version of the X6 CUV, but the luxury German automaker has more in store than just that.
Set to debut alongside its 555hp X6 M brother, the equally-powerful X5 M will come equipped with the same twin-turbo direct-injection 4.4-liter V8 engine. Not only does this new M engine outdo the old V10 in terms of horsepower, it drags it out back and beats it with 500 ft-lbs of torque at just 1500. Better yet, that torque stays constant until 5650 rpm.
BMW says it has all but eliminated pesky turbo-lag through a new invention it calls CCM (which stands for Cylinder-bank Comprehensive Manifold). This new manifold is a one-piece unit and has been designed with every cylinder working together to minimize “charge cycles.”
Both X5 and X6 M cars will feature BMW’s M Sports Automatic transmission, which BMW claims is much faster than previous unit – although no shift times are available. Gear changes can be made by using the automatic stick shift, the paddle shifters on the steering wheel or automatically in the default setting.
Both models will continue to use BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, making them the first AWD M models. Also standard is the Dynamic Performance Control system that first made its debut on the X6. It allows for power to not only be distributed between the front and rear wheels, but between the left and right rear wheels.
As a result of all this power and grip both the X5 and X6 M can hit 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
That speedy sprint is achieved in the Power mode (and likely with the Launch Control.. but we’ll get to that later), which can be activated by hitting the M button on the steering wheel. The M button can not only activate this “Sport” program for the engine and transmission, but also an “Efficiency” program, allowing for earlier upshifts and improved fuel-economy.
In terms of the look of the SUVs, both stay mostly similar up front but feature special front fenders and a distinctive rear diffuser with quad tailpipes. A set of 20-inch wheels is also standard with 275/40/20 front tires and massive 315/35/20 rear tires.
As braking is always an important part of every M-car, and these bruisers no doubt weigh triple what some of the original Ms did, both SUVs get four-piston calipers with 15.6-inch front rotors and 15.2-inch rear rotors.
As promised, one last tid-bit of technology that is sure to make these M monsters fun is Launch Control. Here’s how it works:
To activate Launch Control, the driver stops the vehicle, moves the gear selector into the M/S position and activates the Sports Power mode, as well as the M Dynamic mode, or respectively, the DSC-Off mode. Then, with the transmission in stage M1, the driver presses down the brake pedal and moves the accelerator to at least 60% throttle, setting Launch Control to standby. Standby status is confirmed by “starter’s flag” symbol in the instrument cluster. As soon as the driver releases the brake pedal, the vehicle will accelerate with full power in “genuine racing style.” In the process, the M Sports Automatic transmission automatically upshifts at the ideal points, with the fastest possible shifts and optimum wheelspin control. The driver may terminate the Launch Control process at any time by reducing the throttle position.
GALLERY: BMW X6 M
GALLERY: BMW X5 M
More on the BMW X6 M and X5 M after the jump: