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Evo Magazine drives the BMW X6 M

BMW X6 M | October 16th, 2009 by 4
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BMW X6 M reviews have began to appear weeks ago and we reported on several of them. So far the reviews have been fairly positive, …

BMW X6 M reviews have began to appear weeks ago and we reported on several of them. So far the reviews have been fairly positive, with more journalists giving thumbs to this first all-wheel drive M, a vehicle that created controversy prior to its launch.

The UK based magazine, EVO, sat in the X6 M taking it for a ride and they begin with this question: Can a 547bhp M Division makeover turn the X6 into a more loveable car?

We’ll go ahead and take a look at their report….

“Let’s get the bad news over with first. This will leave plenty of space for the good news that must inevitably follow when you’re talking about a new BMW powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 with 547bhp and 502lb ft of torque and which accelerates to 62mph in 4.7sec and has a top speed of 171mph.

Evo Magazine drives the BMW X6 M
The bad news is that the above stats belong to the X6M, on paper the most wrong-headed idea BMW’s Motorsport division has had in its mostly glorious 37-year history. Indeed, it appears to be a flat contradiction of the thing that, at one time, it vowed it would never do: an SUV. (In fact it’s done two – there’s an X5M as well.) From this flows the other supposed M-badge no-nos: turbocharging, automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

Then there’s the timing. Could there be a less opportune moment, as the world attempts to extricate itself from the worst recession for 50 years, to launch a monstrously powerful 2.4-ton leviathan clearly aimed at sticking one on the Cayenne Turbo S and Mercedes ML63 AMG? M Division boss Kay Segler says they aren’t rivals (for the coupe-themed X6M at least) but on price and performance they clearly are.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=584867244 Matt Stokes

    I wish these reviewers would stop comparing the X6/5 M to M3′s and M5′s… it’s never going to be the same as a super saloon or the ultimate sports coupe… what they need to do is compare them to other cars in class.. I’m sure then they will stand up as being the best at what they do.

  • L1ndja

    I still love the X6 M but dont see the point of the X5 M.The X6 should be more sportier than the X6 thats why its built in the first place so why do the X5 M.And another thing that sound is really one of the worst in the world(V8)that sounds like I4

  • Auday

    Evo is one of the most respected magazines, and I take their reviews over the 4 US mags any day. I think the review is straight forward and fair, the car is good as a sport SUV, but it lacks the M factor. BMW is using M here to market the car, but they are exhausting the brand instead of keeping it pure. This will be negative in the long run.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664043071 Alex Rossbach

    Meh evo magazine is just like all the other car magazines out there. No better and no worse. I think the X6M is great but they definitely shouldn’t have made the X5M.

    Auday: Seriously? “BMW is using M here to market the car, but they are exhausting the brand instead of keeping it pure” haha look at Mercedes and AMG, Look at Audi and their RS and S models, their following the market thats all. If they ran the company how you wanted them too they would be bankrupt in months. I’m sick and tired of everyone thinking they can run BMW better.

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