BMW X6 M

The BMW X6 is offered in three basic trims, sDrive35i, xDrive35i and xDrive50i. 35i models are powered by a 3.0L 6-cylinder turbocharged engine making 300 hp, enough to push the sDrive35i model to 60 mph in just a tick over 6 seconds. The xDrive50i is powered by a 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 making 445hp and 480 foot-pounds of torque. Equipped with the V8, the X6 is extremely quick with 60 mph coming up in just 4.8 seconds, making the performance of the X6 pretty incredible by any standard, but especially impressive considering the X6 was designed for light off-road duty. Power is sent to the rear wheels in the sDrive35i and to all four wheels in the xDrive35i and in the xDrive50i. The only transmission available is an 8-speed automatic.

Like most BMW models, the X6 is offered in a super-performance M variant. The X6 M comes with a tuned version of the 4.4L V8, but now it makes 567 horsepower and 553 lb-feet of torque routed through the same 8-speed automatic transmission. Naturally the X6 M is available only with all-wheel drive.

The sDrive35i is a new trim model for this year, poking the vehicle's price point just a tiny bit south by offering it in rear-wheel drive. The model is still extremely well-equipped as should be expected from a vehicle in this class. Standard features include 10-way power adjustable front seats with a 3-stage heating system, leather upholstery, a wood trimmed dashboard, a powered moonroof, a power rear liftgate, automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, power folding rearview mirrors, a navigation system operated via BMW's iDrive system, a 10.2-inch screen and 19-inch wheels.

The X6 M is equipped similarly to the XDrive50i, but also includes a sport-tuned suspension with driver-adjustable ride control and unique 21-inch double-spoke wheels.

BMW offers two different personalization packages for the X6, dubbed M-sport and xLine. The M-sport package emphasizes the on-road sportiness of the X6, and features unique 19-inch wheels, unique exterior trim and aerodynamic enhancements, an M-sport steering wheel and sportier seats. The xLine package also features a unique set of 19-inch wheels, as well as a nice set of aluminum running boards. Other packages include a driver's assistance package, featuring a rear-view camera and a heads-up display; as well as a premium package, which includes a one-year subscription to satellite radio and 4-zone climate control.

Options are plentiful as well. The X6 can be equipped with dynamic, adjustable suspension, sticky, summer-only tires, several different styles of 20-inch wheels, ventilated front seats, a rear seat entertainment system, an automatic parallel parking system and a Harman/Kardon or Bang and Olufsen sound system.

The X6 M offers an optional Executive Package that includes collision mitigation systems, soft-close automatic doors, heated rear seats, a head-up display, surround view cameras and a heated steering wheel.

Safety options on the X6 include a pedestrian detection and night vision system, a rearview camera, side and top view cameras as well as an "active driving assistant" system which allows for various functions such as adaptive cruise control and a frontal collision warning system.

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Are you in the market for a high-performance SUV with a fast roofline? Is the 600-horsepower BMW X6 M not quite enough? Well, don't worry, BMW has just the thing: the 2020 BMW X6 M Competition, which offers a touch more power, tighter chassis tuning and a little more style, too.

A mightier X6 M

Like its squared-off X5 M Competition sibling, the X6 M Competition packs substantial firepower under its hood. BMW's familiar 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 is here, packing 617 horsepower. Torque matches that of the non-Competition model, checking in at 553 pound-feet available between 1,800 and 5,690 rpm.

Flick the engine into its Sport or Sport Plus setting and performance is ample, with zero quibbles about boost lag. Drop the hammer and the X6 M Competition romps to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, which is one-tenth of a second quicker than the regular X6 M. Triple-digit speeds happen in a hurry, and will eventually top out at 177 mph with available M Driver's Package, the two-mode active exhaust system putting out a grumble all the while. Without the Driver's Package, things stop pulling at just 155 mph.

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The Good ~ Big performance chops ~ Stylish with respectable practicality ~ Cushy interior

The Bad ~ Uncommunicative steering ~ Can be overly complex ~ Large blind spots

The Bottom Line BMW's meanest X6 is a fast, plush and expensive ride.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 8.5
  • Features 9
  • Design 6.5
  • Media 8

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