The BMW X6 M is a strangely shaped beast with excessive power. It has the same running gear as the X5 M, a vehicle with more practical body styling.
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The X6 M undercuts the standard BMW grille with big air intakes below the bumper line, designed to feed the turbochargers.
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The engine is a direct injection 4.4-liter V-8, with twin turbos nestled in the V of the engine, each feeding a bank of cylinders. The result is 555 horsepower and a blistering 4.38 seconds to 60 mph.
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We can't really like this body design, as it has the bulk of an SUV, but none of the interior space. The X5 M has all the performance of the X6 M, along with a spacious interior.
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What makes this car special are its driving dynamics, a suspension system that monitors various data points and quickly adjusts to counteract roll and slip.
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All-wheel-drive is standard on the X6 M, its first implementation on a BMW M car.
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The sloping hatchback compromises the rear cargo area.
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With the X6 M, navigation is standard. A Premium Sound package, with iPod connectivity, is an option. But you can also get iPod connectivity with the less expensive Smart Phone Integration option.
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Rear headroom is low in the X6 M. And the divider between the rear seats makes the car only a four seater.
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The suspension tech makes the X6 M handle like an M car, the thick steering wheel providing plenty of grip as you crank it through the corners.
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BMW's bizarre-shaped shifter controls a six-speed automatic transmission with sport and manual settings. In sport, the transmission does an excellent job of finding the right gear for performance driving.
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Satellite imagery is included on the maps, but only when the zoom level is out to a quarter mile or more.
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Dynamic traffic routing works very well in the X6 M, keeping you out of the stop and go.
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BMW reserves 15 gigabytes of the navigation system's hard drive for music storage.
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HD Radio is included with the X6 M.
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A back-up camera provides distance and trajectory lines, and is a necessity, considering the car's small back window.
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