Some called it a blasphemy to the M spirit, others questioned BMW’s judgment and current state of mind, but truth is that the BMW X6 M has already established its place within this tiny niche of high performance SUVs, SAVs or SACs, if you would like.
While not the type of car that impresses on “regular roads” and daily driving, the X6 M truly shines on the race track, and we first experienced that last year at Road America where we put the new X6 M through tens of hot laps.
Winding Road magazine calls the X6 M a “Highway Missile”, and at the same time, “a well-mannered and stylish means of transportation for a niche group of customers looking for a combination of ability, fashion, and luxury.”
Has BMW found the perfect sauce for performance, versatility and fashion?
Unquestionably, the M-powered X6 has got massive cojones. The 555-horsepower, 500 pound-feet of torque V-8 is happy to catapult driver and passengers to unreasonable speeds in no time at all, offering the kind of guts-churning acceleration that one rarely finds in 5000+ pound crossovers.
Better still is the way the X6M is able to dispatch highway miles with silky pace. BMW offers a speed-warning feature in the car, whereby a driver may set an alarm that goes off when a set speed has been reached. We’ve found similar warning bells in other cars, but never have they seemed as needed as in this application. Without the initial, motherly “ding” to warn us at triple digit speeds, and the attendant warning symbol on the cool heads-up display, we would have had no trouble cruising down the freeway at license-revoking speed. This combination of a supple ride and near-endless power will render inattentive drivers “speed drunk” in short order. Cops, at least in our neck of the woods, tend to not care for that excuse (especially coming from the guy driving the $90,000 BMW).