AC Schnitzer Tunes 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:

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In typical Hamann fashion, a complete tuning program has been designed and manufactured for the Gran Turismo that’s exclusive to the North American market. Knowing that the Gran Turismo is targeted towards a slightly older demographic, Hamann has developed styling accessories that seamlessly bolt-on to existing body parts rather than full front and rear bumper replacements.

The front spoiler is mounted onto the OEM front bumper offering the car a slightly lower profile and more aggressive style while keeping it extremely clean and simple. Side skirts are replaced with sportier options while the rear sports a fashionable spoiler and rear valence insert. For those not familiar with Hamann’s rear valence inserts, you simply cut (a template is normally provided) your stock bumper and integrate the valence that is modified to sport Hamann’s quad-tip exhaust system.

Their engine modifications are targeted towards the European-market 530d increasing the factory 240-hp to 270-hp. Torque goes up from 400 ft-lbs to nearly 460 ft-lbs giving it more torque and performance than the more expensive 535d.

Interestingly enough, Hamann has outfitted the 5 Series Gran Turismo with a monoblock-style wheel sporting a 22×9-inch fitment in the front and 22×10.5 in the rear. We’re not a huge fan of the one-piece wheels, so one of Hamann’s 22-inch multi-piece offerings might give the car a more exotic and sophisticated look. But hey, the option’s there if it’s your cup of tea.

Interior amenities are standard offerings with aluminum pedals and footrest. And as always, a full custom interior can be done to your preference by Hamann.

We have to admit that we’ve always been on the fence with the styling of the Gran Turismo, but Hamann has done a real good job in making it stylish, sporty and attractive. We’re definitely fans!

GALLERY: Hamann BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo

The official press release from Hamann is available after the break:

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