The original BMW X6 that was released in April 2008, was the founder member of the new SAC (Sports Activity Coupe) category and continues to combine extrovert presence with typical BMW performance and handling and an edgy and seriously polarising design. More than 443,000 units of the X6 have been sold worldwide across two model generations.
Sitting at the top of the food chain is now the third-generation X6 M50i, with a turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine developing 523bhp and a generous 553lb ft of torque, mated to a standard eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox and BMW’s electronically controlled xDrive four-wheel drive system, which includes a rear differential lock on the X6 M50i for added traction benefits in less than ideal driving conditions.
The new BMW X6 has grown by 26 millimetres in exterior length over the outgoing model (to 4,935 mm) and by 15 mm in width (to 2,004 mm). It now stands 6 mm lower (at 1,696 mm) and combines dynamically stretched proportions with exceptional visual muscularity. The car’s wheelbase has increased by 42 mm to 2,975 millimetres.
The large, single-frame BMW kidney grille is the most striking feature of the front end, the outer edges of the kidney grille now approaching the headlights at a clearly defined angle. The new BMW X6 is available for the first time as an option with an illuminated BMW kidney grille, which adds an exclusive flourish to the exterior design. The illumination is activated by opening or closing the car, but the driver can switch it on and off manually too. This lighting function for the kidney grille is also available while driving.
It might not be as practical or roomy as the X5, but the X6 certainly has its own special appeal and following, and let’s face it, it’s a rather impressive and commanding bit of car!
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