BMW X6 M full road test car review – BBC Top Gear – BBC Top Gear

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Curious car, this Despite a massive temptation to ask how such a thing ever it past the idea stage, car particularly German ones, tend to make things they haven’t already someone will probably Which means that, asked by the researcher with the and fixed smile, more one person must have Yes, actually, there is an X6 M hole in my life.

Who these are and what sort of lives lead is anyone’s guess having driven the X6 M, I can only that they are conflicted. conflicted.

Because the car is, too. apart from the fact BMW’s M division a few years ago that they would use 4WD, a turbocharger or an automatic and the X6 M features all three, there’s the glaring issue of, what the is it for? I spent most of a day the bejesus out of one at Road Atlanta trying to find out and ran the thing out of before I could come up a convincing answer.

It’s not that it wasn’t fun on the it was. It monstered its way around the consuming kerbs and curves, almost 150mph down the back straight and stopping and true, lap after lap. It was the constant nagging that it was all a bit and that a car with half the and half the power – as the original M3 – would been more entertaining and complicated to explain.

Whatever. The thing you need to know is the X6 M is as fast as the current V10 M5 in a straight That’s very fast. do 0-62mph in 4.7secs and run on to limited top of 155mph. The second thing you to know is that the X6 M does a lap time (8mins 30secs) to an E46 M3 the one before the current one – the Nerdbirdthing.

And that’s just absurd. going fast in a straight isn’t that hard plenty of power. Going around a circuit is.

The reason for the X6 super saloon speed is in a very technically and typically BMW way. I’ll simplify: take the stock 4.4-litre V8 drop a pair of twin-scroll into the V, bolt on a couple of and, voilà, another is born. This brings the available power under right foot to a round and torque to an equally neat ft.

But as nice as that is, it’s not the bit. To ensure the power arrive in one almighty tyre-shredding there is a new-fangled exhaust that links cylinders on sides of the engine. This the blowers are constantly kept smoothly and allows you to control speed precisely.

This new completely strangles the V8 sound, is disappointing, but otherwise, so far so good. The for the X6 M’s handling abilities a little bit more explaining. on all the clever chassis technology fitted to all X6s, the M dept has every single electric toy you can into the mix.

So, on top of the xDrive 4WD and the M-tuned Dynamic Performance (DPC), which distributes to each wheel based on like available grip, of travel, etc, there’s MDM.

When you are feeling a bit you just press the M button on the and the car changes immediately from a truck into an angry vehicle. On congested British where it’s ‘go now or behind the caravan for another 50 with MDM you will always go

And thanks to some spectacularly brakes – 15.6 at the front, 15.2 inches at the – you can always stop much immediately when you to, too. Even after six of racetrack abuse, the pedal did get a bit but never failed to stand the plus X6 M on its nose. So no complaints

Likewise, the chassis, however it might be, is pretty amazing. the fact that the company the problem they now claim to solved, the X6 M is still very to drive very fast. the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S or in which you can feel all the electrical heaving and straining to keep the car where you want, the BMW feels mechanical. It still gets if you take your eye off the ball or get a corner too fast – two is still two tonnes however systems you have — but still miles faster the curves than any other vehicle, other than the identical X5 M.

Ah, yes, the X5 M. It’s hard to make a case for the X6 M on its own, but the slightly cheaper, bigger four-door X5 M it’s nigh-on So it all has to come down to taste and or maybe lack thereof. And when it starts to make

Perhaps the X6 M is not for us Brits at all. it’s for other countries the US and the Far East. Places where being different is enough to it desirable.

Maybe that M on the X6 is not motorsport so much as marketing. at it like that and perhaps the X6 M is not so after all.

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