We’re glad to see that some automobile magazines are starting to agree with us. Back in July when we drove the new BMW X6 M, our initial impression was extremely positive. Driving the car on a race track showed us what it can really do and those that compared it to the X6 xDrive50i, are far from the truth.
The X6 M is not a slightly upgrade over the 50i, but rather a fairly new vehicle, engineered by the talented people at Motorsport. While we didn’t have the possibility to time its 0-60mph performance, the fellows over at Straigthline are here to satisfy our curiosity.
In their track test, the BMW X6 M ran from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds, but that’s not all, the overall handling and dynamics managed to leave a positive impression on them. Let’s see what they have to say:
“When BMW introduced the idea of the SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) with the original X5, we scoffed appropriately. Then we drove it and were shocked that the ungainly beast was not ungainly at all. Then BMW took it a bit further and rolled out the X6. It appeared even more useless, yet it, too, was a surprisingly entertaining drive.
BMW didn’t stop there, of course, as it rolled out Motorsport versions of both the X5 and the X6 earlier this year. There was no good reason for them to exist, but BMW went ahead and built them anyway. After testing the X6 M, we’re glad BMW took the time.
You see, this X6 is so fast that its odd looks, big sticker and pointless existence don’t really matter. You simply have to respect it for what it can do. And we’re not just talking about going fast in a straight line. It stops and turns amazingly well, too. It’s a triumph of engineering over design and marketing. Just take a look at the numbers if you don’t believe us.”