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BMW has just announced MRSP pricing for its new vehicles, including the incredibly powerful M5 sports sedan and M6 Coupe.
Starting us off is the $87,395 2013 BMW 650i which has a 445 horsepower, twin-turbo V8 and can get to 60 mph in as quick as 4.6 seconds. The all-wheel drive 2013 BMW 650i xDrive model will be $90,395 and does the 0-60 dance in 4.5 seconds.
The more practical and powerful 2013 BMW M5 will cost $90,695, a fair bit cheaper than it’s coupe and convertible stablemate. The new 2013 BMW M6 coupe will cost $106,995 while the convertible will be even more expensive at $113,995. All three models feature a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 which has 560 horsepower.
Lastly BMW announced pricing for its updated 2013 BMW X6 M. Its coming in $2,600 more expensive than the outgoing model at $93,795.
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.
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.
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
This isn’t the first time we’ve shown off Lumma’s CLR X650 M, but we felt obliged to post this one up because of just how different it looks compared to the previous black and white variants. It’s amazing how the exterior color of a vehicle does to transform the overall impression the customization does to the vehicle. The bold one-piece design wheel also does wonders in shaping the BMW X6 M’s lines without a deep lip taking precedence.
The CLR X650 M is another product from Top Car in Russia, and you can clearly see in this shoot the unique design in the rear bumper, the fine carbon fiber weave in the rear wing and vented hood. There are some nice profile shots that really allows us to see the true lines of Lumma’s product. All in all we feel like we have a better idea of how this CLR X650 M would look like in real life compared to the black and white ones that we’ve seen previously.
In fact, we can’t believe we’re admitting this, but this Lumma X6 M is one seriously awesome machine. You absolutely have to check out the gallery below, in particular the view from the back.
[Source: Jon Sibal]
GALLERY: Blue Lumma CLR X650 M
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]
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
Official pricing for the new BMW X5 M and X6 M has found its way onto the interwebs ahead of the official announcement by BMW. Surprisingly both models, while anything but cheap, are far less expensive than expected. We’d also wager they are less expensive than BMW could charge if it wanted to.
The X5 M will start at $85,400 with the X6 M slightly more expensive at $88,900. BMW is currently taking orders for the vehicles (as they are already reaching out to potential owners) and the first deliveries are expected this Fall.
Both vehicles significantly undercut their major competitors from Mercedes-Benz and Porsche. The Mercedes ML63 AMG starts at $90,100 while the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is $98,700. And as for the Cayenne Turbo S, it’s an astronomical $124,800.
Both the X5 M and X6 M are powered by a twin-trubo 4.4-liter V8 engine that makes 555hp and 500 ft-lbs of torque.
Power makes it to the ground through a six-speed automatic mated to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. 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 either model can hit 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
That speedy sprint is achieved in the Power mode, which can be activated by hitting the M button on the steering wheel. The M button can not only activate the “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 SUV, it stays mostly similar up front but features 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 this bruiser no doubt weighs triple what some of the original Ms did, the X5 M gets four-piston calipers with 15.6-inch front rotors and 15.2-inch rear rotors.
Today BMW unveiled the M version of it’s niche market X6 CUV – delving further into a market that probably doesn’t exist. We can’t blame them, however, as this gives dealers a great opportunity to up-sell customers on a product that no doubt has a significantly higher profit margin.
Noticeably absent, however, was the X5 M.
The X6 M makes its 555hp through the use of a twin-turbo direct-injection 4.4-liter V8 engine. As for torque, that number is 500 ft-lbs from 1500 to 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.”
The X6 M car features 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.
X6 M model will continue to use BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, making it (and the X5 M) 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 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 on), 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, the X6 M gets 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 this M monster 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: 2010 BMW X6 M
Twin-turbo V8 expected
Add another exciting unveiling to the New York Auto Show list. That’s right, BMW is planning to unveil an M version of it’s new X6 CUV in the Big Apple on April 8th.
According to AutoWeek it will, “utilize several new engine, drivetrain and suspension technologies.”
Specifics will have to wait, but you can be certain there will be a version of the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 under the hood with power in the 500hp range. And thanks to those turbos torque is sure to be plentiful as well.
We won’t have to wait until the actual show date to get more info, however, as BMW says it will release further details on April 4th.
We’ll be sure to bring plenty of live photos and details from New York starting April 8th. Who knows, maybe the BMW designers will want a piece of the guys at Acura once they see Acura’s X6-ripoff SUV concept?
Either way, does it really matter? This car has to have the market share roughly the size of a dorm room.