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BMW X6M spotted in Spartanburg

BMW X6 | October 24th, 2008 by 10
BMW X6M photos

Who else, other than Palbay, could spend his time off chasing the upcoming BMW models?! This time, he was able to snap some new photos …

Who else, other than Palbay, could spend his time off chasing the upcoming BMW models?! This time, he was able to snap some new photos of the BMW X6, M version, which will be released next year. 

As mentioned many times before, some say that the BMW X6M will be powered by a 5.0-liter V10 with 373kW and 520Nm of torque, even though we believe that a twin-turbo engine will be more suitable for the job. The 4.4 V8 Twin-Turbo can be the ideal choice. The car already weighs around 5,000 lbs and placing a heavy V10 engine in it, would not make much sense. But at this point, these are just simply rumors and assumptions, so let’s not jump ahead.

Of course, no pricing is available now, but we can easily speculate that the BMW X6M will come with a hefty price tag, my guess: anywhere between $80,000-$90,000. 

Hopefully we will hear more about the X6M and to my surprise, not many secrets come out of the Spartanburg plant, most of the news we see are coming from Germany.

I don’t think I have ever asked you before, but what do you think of the X6M? Usefull? Worthless?

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  • Gragop

    This is a fantastic way to dilute the M nameplate. This, coupled with the X5 M vehicle are not good ideas. The only way I could see this working is if M had lightly tuned the standard model similar to what the E53 X5 4.6iS and 4.8iS were. Just don’t make it a full-on M model and it’ll be fine.

    I guess these days nothing is sacred in the auto industry. Hell, Mercedes made an R class AMG model, what a great way to blemish a performance line. I give M Division and Quattro GmbH credit for having more sense than to tread on their precious M and S/RS line-ups.

  • Joe

    Sad day to have an M SUV but I guess they are losing out on the big buck clients that are buying Cayenne turbos and Range Rover Sports. So I understand BMW’s move.

  • Gragop

    @Joe:

    True, but that’s also my point. Make it an “X5 Sport” or some other one-off model. Making it an M derivative would be bad. Who cares if they don’t compete euro-for-euro with a Merc M63 AMG? At least at the end of the day people will respect M Division more than AMG. AMG, to me, was a more interesting brand before Mercedes bought them up and seemed to underutilize them aside from the Black Series.

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  • George

    If the X6M is pointless then so is the Porsche Cayenne.

  • Lee

    @George:
    It is…

    (not to mention REALLY fugly.)

  • Andrei

    @Gargop : you are right , they should not sell it under M division , but then again like someone said , it’s better to sell lots of X6Ms to the russian than not sell E92 M3s ( or not in that quantity ) . I recently test driven a X6 3.0d and i was impressed , but i can’t see it as a M .

    So they will reduce weight , put the V8 tt “heavily modified by M division” ( just give it 40-50bhps more ) , give new wheels and paints , be faster by 5-10secs on the ring , there you go . an M :(

    Merc did this mistake too , making AMG models on all their line , then they had to create an AMG of AMG , so they got the black series . Is this were M will go too ? In the future have an M of the Ms ? I think it’s a big waste of money and resources , not really needed .

  • Gragop

    @George:

    The only point – in my mind that makes me OK with the Cayenne – is that it allows Porsche to continue make models such as the GT3 RS or the GT2. Yes, it goes against Porsche’s original concepts but at least it pads the bottom line enough that it provides enthusiasts the models they want to see. With their line up, the Cayenne seems to unfortunately be a necessary evil.

    I too worry about BMW bastardizing M Division like AMG has with the M63 AMG or outgoing R63 AMG – As you mentioned, the Black Series is now AMG’s saving grace for hardcore fans – but they’re so expensive that most can’t afford them. $140k for a CLK? I mean, I love the CLK Black but I’d buy a Porsche Turbo for that money.

    @Andrei:
    Porsche compared to BMW? Well, BMW already has profit drivers like the 3 Series so it doesn’t need some ridiculous “halo” SUV with a huge displacement engine or a tuned, force induction engine to pad it’s bottom line. BMW’s just trying to compete tit for tat with Mercedes and likely Porsche in every niche possible with, it seems, less and less regard for their brand image.

  • Bobo

    I think that the X6 is definitely a necessity. BMW have created the best handling SUV on the market (there are several different motoring journalists who say that including Tom from Fifth Gear) The next logical step is to have the M division make it THE ULTIMATE SUV on the market (Not only the best handling but the fastest as well) An X6 M is needed for BMW in order to completely destroy the ML63 AMG and the Cayenne Turbo.

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