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With the official reveal its new X4 Concept, BMW is previewing of a more affordable version of the X6.
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.
After months of rumors and speculation, BMW has made its new 3.0L six-cylinder, inline diesel engine official, packing what they’re calling M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology, which is a misnomer since it sports three turbochargers. The system works by using two smaller turbos to deliver more responsive power down low in the rpm range, with a large turbo to add top-end thrust.
The new diesel powerplant will put out 381-hp and 546 lb-ft of torque, exactly the same specs that have been rumored for months now. It also features BMW EfficientDynamics technology, including Auto Start-Stop function and ECO PRO mode.
The M Performance diesel models announced are the M550d xDrive sedan, M550d xDrive Touring, X5 M50d and X6 M50d. And as we stated in the title, none of these models will be making their way to America. All models will come with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Performance figures for the M Performance diesel models are impressive across the board, with the M550d xDrive Sedan reporting a 0-62 mph time of just 4.7-seconds while the Touring model comes in at 4.9-seconds. The X5 M50d will hit 62-mph in just 5.4-seconds while the X6 M50d is a tad quicker at 5.3-seconds. What is even more impressive is that the M550d will average around 44-mpg while the X5 M50d will do 37.7-mpg and the X6 M50d will do 36.7-mpg.
And of course, with all these vehicles now sporting an M Performance badge on them, owners will get M-specific tuning of suspension, bodyshell mounting, engine and transmission mounting, springs and dampers, all standard and optional chassis control systems, and the Servotronic mapping for the hydraulic steering.
No pricing was announced for these European-only M Performance diesel models, but AutoGuide will be sure to check them out in person when they make their official debt at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
GALLERY: BMW M550d
GALLERY: BMW X5 M50d and X6 M50d
Rumors are now spreading rampantly since BMW released its teaser video of the first-ever BMW M Diesel in the form of their X6 crossover. It is now widely believed that the X6 M50d will come with a tri-turbo, six-cylinder diesel powerplant pushing out 381-hp with a healthy 545 lb-ft of torque.
The folks over at BMWBlog are also reporting that the X6 M50d will go 0-62 mph in 4.9-seconds and that production of the model will begin April of 2012. An option for the X6 M50d also leaked out; the M division will also offer a revised front hood.
Perhaps even more interesting is that BMW’s M550d xDrive will feature the same powerplant, making it go 0-62 mph in just 4.7-seconds and could get 38-mpg. The M550d is expected to go into production in March 2012 but will only be offered in Europe. Whether or not the X6 M50d shares the same fate is unknown, but given how slowly diesels are being embraced in America, we shouldn’t hold our breath.
[Source: BMW Blog]
Audi, which is looking to surpass BMW in the luxury vehicle segment is now aiming at the X6. BMW launched the X6 in 2008, and while it might not be a huge sales success, it has contributed enough to keep BMW SUV/CUV sales ahead of Audi.
So now, Audi is looking to take the challenge to BMW with their own X6 rival, which is expected to be called Q6. It will be more of a coupe off-roader (think a tall A7), and will lure those looking for something different.
According to Audi’s design boss Walter de’Silva, the design for this new vehicle is already signed off. Plus they are also ready for any future new competition from Bavaria. BMW is expected to launch the X4 in the next few years, and Audi is thus also planning for a possible Q4 model to stay competitive.
Currently, the best selling luxury SUV in Europe is the BMW X5. The Audi Q7 is in fifth-place.
[Source: Automotive News]
Oh we just couldn’t help but think one thing when we saw this teaser video from BMW. By blurring out the key parts of the car – mainly the rear badges – we had to wonder if BMW decided to take a page out of XXX videos from Japan. You know, where they’re notorious of blurring out the most important parts of the video.
Plenty of rumors have been floating around that the upcoming X6 M would get a diesel powerplant along with its redesign. What is even more of a dead giveaway is freezing the video around the 0:36 mark where the blurred rear badge clearly hints that it’ll be a diesel. The powerplant under the hood could be the M550d that’s been rumored to have 381-hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
But clearly BMW wants something to be a surprise, otherwise there’d be no real reason to blur and tease us like they have.
Check out the video after the break.
BMW held a dealer presentation in the Netherlands and a leak has rumors stirring that the upcoming M550d will officially come with 381-hp and 516 lb-ft of torque from its tri-turbo, inline-six diesel powerplant.
Even though the horsepower figure comes in lower than the early speculations of over 500-hp, the torque is pretty impressive. It also appears that the M550d will be AWD only with production beginning next March. It is not yet known if this F10-generation M550d will make its way to North America, but we could be seeing the tri-turbo diesel in other BMW models including the X5 and X6.
The BMW X6 is a niche market vehicle, and its sales numbers in North America have reflected its limited appeal. Now one of its variants (perhaps the ultimate niche market version) is getting the axe.
We are talking about the X6 ActiveHybrid. Originally launched at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, the X6 ActiveHybrid has two electric motors which produce 91-hp and 86-hp. When combined with its gas motor, this vehicle produces 480-hp and 575 lb-ft of torque. With a 0-60 mph time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed governed at 130-mph, it was a great performance machine, but with a fuel-economy rating of just 18-mpg combined, it was too thirsty to attract most hybrid customers. In fact, in AutoGuide’s review of the X6 ActiveHybrid, we called it, “both awesome and irrelevant.”
Due to slow sales, BMW is axing the production of this model. Will other variants of the X6 follow this route? Only time will tell.
GALLERY: BMW X6 ActiveHybrid
Set to debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show in September are BMW‘s X5 and X6 Exclusive Editions, sporting a unique Orion Silver Metallic paint finish and Nevada leather interior cribbed from the 6-Series. In addition, both the X5 and X6 will receive special wheels and dark bamboo interior trim as accessories.
Unfortunately those are all the details that have been released on the Exclusive Edition X5 and X6 so far, but we’re expecting more news as we get closer to the Frankfurt Auto Show.
GALLERY: BMW X5 and X6 Exclusive Editions
[Source: BMW Blog]
Mercedes-Benz is planning to take on the BMW X6 with it’s own sporty SUV called the GLS. The GLS is scheduled for launch in 2014, and will be a new four-seater built around the same unibody platform that makes up the third-generation M-class (shown above) and the latest Jeep Grand Cherokee. The GLS will have less cargo room (compared to the M-class)thanks to a sporty roof line similar to the CLS sedan. Audi and Range Rover are also launching new models to compete with the sporty X6 SUV.
“After closely monitoring sales trends, we’ve concluded there is potential for an additional off-road model with a more sporting emphasis than the new M-class,” an insider explained last week.
Several engines will be available for the GLS including a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, a 4.6-liter V8 as well a 3.0-liter V6 diesel. There may also be a diesel-electric hybrid option that will be similar to the E300 Hybrid set to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. Mercedes will also combat the X6 M with its own AMG model, powered by a turbocharged 5.5-liter V8.
The GLS will be built alongside the M-class at the North American factory in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
The world of modifying cars is ever changing, as more and more creative minds find different ways to personalize their ride, setting it apart from the crowd. Back in SEMA of 2009, Air Runner imported over a Toyota Vellfire van that was wrapped in full genuine red leather. It was definitely eyebrow raising and it looks like there may be a possibility of it catching on. This Lumma Design widebody BMW X6 out in Russia was spotted wrapped in full black leather, though it’s worth mentioning that it’s just faux leather.
With matte-colored wraps and extravagant paint jobs becoming more and more popular, some owners are looking for real out-of-the-box ideas to bring that “woah” factor to their car. Surely a leather-wrapped car would do the job, and having it done on a widebody BMW X6 is all the more different. At a far away glance it’s almost hard to tell that the X6 is leather-wrapped, but clearly there’s something going on with the texture of the finish as its neither matte or paint. Closer inspection reveals it’s actually a leather-type finish, something we’ve never seen before.
Will it catch on? We’re not too sure, as it’s probably not a very cheap task to execute. But it’s definitely nice to see people continuing to push the envelope, for better or worse.
GALLERY: Leather Wrapped BMW X6
[Source: Jon Sibal]
RTW Motoring is offering these conversions at their one-stop shop location and is providing delivery of vehicles anywhere in North America. Of course if you don’t have a Range Rover Sport or BMW X6 but want some Mansory goods for your luxury ride, RTW Motoring can also take care of you.
The complete tuning package for both vehicles include a wide body conversion and aero kit. RTW Motoring professionally installs and paints all aero kits in-house and will outfit your ride with a set of Mansory wheels, more specifically 23-inchers for the Range Rover Sport and 22-inch packages for BMW’s X6.
Those wondering just how wide the conversion is, the Range Rover Sport features a 2.36-inch wider front and 3.15-inch rider rear, while the BMW X6 is more aggressive in the front becoming 2.75-inch wider while the rear addition is similar to the Range Rover Sport at 3.15-inch.
No pricing was announced from RTW Motoring.
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
We’ve seen so many variants of BMW‘s X6 by now that we’re not even sure which one is our favorite anymore. But it’s clear that the aftermarket has really embraced BMW’s performance SUV despite its odd identity crisis. This time it’s AC Schnitzer with a widebody X6. Interestingly AC Schnitzer hasn’t officially released this kit yet, with the vehicle making its first appearance at the National BMW Festival out in the United Kingdom.
AC Schnitzer is well known for tuning BMWs and their styling has always been unique. Simply put, it’s hard to mistake AC Schnitzer’s body kits. Clearly what we can see on the X6 is a full body kit (front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper, rear trunk and roof spoiler), alongside widebody arches that allows 11-inch wide wheels to look comfortably at home.
A set of traditional AC Schnitzer wheels also outfit the car. We found this X6 to be one of the cleaner yet more aggressive ones out of all the X6s we’ve seen, with the widebody fitting the style of the X6 quite nicely. As for the Aston Martin-inspired frong grille, well, we’ll pass on that.
We’re sure it’s just a matter of time before someone in the United States pops up with one for us to check out.
GALLERY: Widebody AC Schnitzer BMW X6
[Source: Vivid Racing]
As if we couldn’t get anymore confused about BMW‘s X6 and its purpose in life, ArmorTech out of Russia has decided to offer a coupe conversion. This whole sport activity vehicle (SAV) thing keeps getting a new take and now ArmorTech has probably done what we never thought would happen…or probably deep down hoped would never happen.
But now it’s here so we should take some time to see what it’s all about. ArmorTech takes a standard BMW X6, pushes the B-Pillar back, essentially adding 9.8-inches to the front doors. In addition they move the rear window forward by 7.9-inches. Naturally the conversion requires new front seats that tilt and slide forward to allow your passengers access to the rear.
We’re still not sure why anyone would want this, other than to have a sporty, yet not-so-full-of-utility, sport utility vehicle. (Sorry, sport activity vehicle). And for those not happy with just the coupe conversion, ArmorTech claims they can order engine upgrades, as well as a sports suspension, exhaust, wheels, brakes, body kit, interior upgrades… and, well, just about anything that’s available in the aftermarket.
So what’s next? Will ArmorTech take an X6 M and convert that into a coupe?
GALLERY: ArmorTech BMW X6 Coupe
With two gasoline versions, a hybrid version and a powerful M model, you’d think there were enough different flavors of BMW‘s new X6. But over in Japan, the German automaker has just announced a limited production of a very limited edition special model called the Performance Unlimited X6. Just 20 versions will be built and sold at a hefty price of a little more than $105,000. We’re not sure the reasoning behind even making this model, but it’s worth reporting the accessories BMW has opted to put on it.
Starting with the standard X6, BMW went digging through their Performance and Individual Options list. On the outside, the X6 receives an aerodynamic kit sporting a front apron, side spoilers and rear diffuser. It then gets a limited edition set of 21-inch wheels, staggered of course, with 10-inch wide rollers in the front and 11.5-inch wide slabs in the rear. Lastly, the vehicle receives a special Silver Pearl paint finish and black kidney grilles.
Inside there are also a few upgrades with a Nevada leather finish in Chateau color with aluminum details.
As for what’s under the hood, this model is based on the X6 xDrive35i and so makes 300-hp from it’s turbocharged inline-six.
At the end of the day though, this is far short of an X6 M and at the price we’re not sure who this actually appeals to. But maybe that’s why there’s only 20 of them in a limited edition production. We guess BMW Japan will be able to sniff out 20 BMW enthusiasts to bite on it.
GALLERY: BMW X6 Performance Unlimited
Look, when the BMW X6 was first announced we all scratched our heads. Don’t deny it, you did too. The X3 and the X5 have their place in the market, but the X6 is an oddity. Now we’re starting to feel wrong about judging this book by its cover. The X6 M has truly reshaped SUV performance (naturally, being an M model and all) and now we’re just band-wagoners praising what the 555-hp X6 M is all about.
So what exactly are we leading up to? Well a video has surfaced showing a completely bone stock Alpine White X6 M blasting the quarter mile in Bahrain at 12.5 @ 110 mph. That’s a stock SAV (we still think it’s an SUV) running 12′s. This just shows how well the X6 M actually performs in the real world. Sure it’s a pretty useless utility vehicle, but as a sports car, it delivers. Make sure to check out the video after the break. Maybe it’ll make a convert out of you too!
Finally! After all the bickering we have done on black demo cars, we have the chance to check out Lumma Design’s BWW X6 M styling on both a black and white platform. Lumma Design offers a plethora of kits for various Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles, so their expertise is well varied. Their BMW X6 M package is dubbed the CLR X 650 M, clearly a more menacing title than just X6 M, and the exterior styling shows.
Clearly there is no subtlety in what Lumma Design has done for the X6 M, turning the family SAV to a widebody monster. With large openings in the front bumper and a wild, yet refined rear bumper anyone that opts for Lumma’s kit on their X6 means serious business. The eyelids are a fantastic touch making it even more aggressive from the front.
But back to what we always complain about. It’s startling how different the two vehicles look just based on their exterior colors. The black X6 M looks more evil and menacing, blending in a lot of the aggressive lines of the kit with the sharper edges not being as prominent as the white X6 M. Even though the white lip with black center on the wheels is a nice change of pace, the style and size of the wheel just doesn’t seem to fit that X6 M as well as the black on black.
There’s a host of interior upgrades available too and we were really thrown off with the blue scheme that is seen in the black one. The large checkerboard style looks like carbon fiber gone way wrong. But the interior in the white X6 is nice and stylish, clean and subtle.
We’d probably take either one of these, although we’re surprised that the white one looks just as mean as the black one, though the darker one is definitely more sleek. Darth Vader anyone?
GALLERY: Lumma Design BMW X6 M
[Source: Jon Sibal]
More bad news from the “Icelandic Volcano” front. In addition to thousands of travelers stranded while trying to fly into or out of Europe (including this author’s parents, stuck in Paris), The Associated Press reports that BMW may have to shut down production of its Spartanburg, SC facility, which produces the X5 and X6. According to the report, BMW ships transmissions and other vehicle components from Munich to South Carolina via commercial airlines. If these planes stay grounded for more than two more days, BMW will not have enough parts to assemble the Sport/Utility/Activity what-have-you’s.
Soccer Mom’s all over the northeast are currently holding a candlelight vigil for the X5, but so far, prayers for the X6 remain silent.
[Source: The Associated Press]