Video: BMW X6 M runs 12.5 at 110 mph 1/4 Mile

BMW X6 M | June 23rd, 2010 by 12
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As controversial as it is, the BMW X6 M is truly a fantastic piece of German engineering. To some people the new “twins” X5 M …

As controversial as it is, the BMW X6 M is truly a fantastic piece of German engineering. To some people the new “twins” X5 M and X6 M represent a blasphemy to the M brand, but there are plenty other drivers that enjoy the performance of the first xDrive M model.

In a drag racing event that we certainly do not condone, the BMW X6 M stopped the clock at 12.5 seconds after running  1/4 miles.

A quick refresher, BMW X5 M and X6 M are powered by a tuned up 4.4 liter V8 M engine delivering 555 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 500 lb-ft of torque from 1,500 to 5,650 rpm. The engine uses the twin-scroll twin turbo technology with High Precision Direct Injection. By positioning the twin-scroll turbochargers together with the catalytic converters in the “V” section between the cylinders, it minimizes the turbo lag and offers better fuel efficiency.

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The X M models come equipped with Dynamic Performance Control, special M suspensions and Adaptive Drive, along with a new Servotronic power steering and Active Roll Stabilization system.

Shifting in the BMW X6 M or X5 M is very precise and quick, two qualities that certainly help in these type of drag races.

[Source: Youtube via BimmerFile via BimmerPost ]

12 responses to “Video: BMW X6 M runs 12.5 at 110 mph 1/4 Mile”

  1. Russell says:

    Why would you not condone this? It is a motorsport event being held at a dedicated motorsport facility, with safety equipment on hand? If you can’t take your M car to the track or strip, what’s the point in an M outside Germany?
    Better that they do this on the strip than on some street somewhere…

  2. BMfan says:

    What does that translate to in 0-62miles time?

    • Laszlo says:

      test showed a 4.3-4.4s 0-60mph times. I would guess the 0-100km/h is about 4.5s.

      Imagine this engine in a new M5 which is lighter and has only 2 driven wheel – RWD.

      The New M5 will also have a slightly updated engine tuning, approx 575HP. so we can expect to see a flat 4s or better 0-60 times ! in a 4 door sedan that is so large, interior and exterior space equals the older 7 series.

      Of course with a Dual clutch transmission so any soccer mom will be able to buy one and chauffeur their kids around the fields.

      Crazy !!!

  3. Yves says:

    Hmm kinda unfair to pit it against the agricultural Holden Clubsport or HSV or (something that looks it). Of course M cars win hands down =)

  4. Lariv says:

    “the BMW X6 M is truly a fantastic piece of German engineering”. If the X6M is a fantastic piece of engineering it should be able to go off road like a Cayenne.

    • wazon8 says:

      Is Cayenne Turbo S able to go off-road? I don’t think so. It’s pretty naive to expect from X6 M – equipped with performance tires – to be good in off-road. But we’ve seen that X6 is able to go off-road similarily as a version Cayenne to which you most likely refer.

  5. Lariv says:

    Yes, a Porsche Cayenne with road tyres can go off road but isn’t the point of a 4×4 to be able to go off road? Otherwise one would be better off buying a proper M car like a BMW M3 or an M5 and saving around 20 to 30 thousand dollars, buying a luxury 4×4 which does go off road like a Range Rover or buying an SUV which can work on both, like a Porsche Cayenne. A Cayenne could be considered ugly but the same could be said for a BMW X6 M but at least the Porsche goes off road.

    Proof of a Porsche Cayenne of going off road “equipped with performence tires”

  6. Laszlo says:

    yes, it can go off road. Who said it can not ? My cousin and I took his X6 35 off road and it did good. He does not have sport package so it came with all season tires. mud, sand, smaller rocks, anything… Ground clearance is an issue with all of these 4×4’s but it was fine to a point of sanity.
    In a winter time equipped with winter tires, the X6 was unbeatable !!! We drove at 100mph for hours in a snow storm. It handled the road like on dry road.
    This past European winter was a good testing time for the X6’s capabilities and it served up perfectly.

    I think most owners just don’t want to risk a huge repair job in case a rock touches the suspension or a branch scratches the car.
    We had a same issue, so we played it safe.

    the best off road vehicle will always will be a rental…. I still have vivid flashes from the times when we rented Cherokee’s in the late 90’s from Alamo.
    full coverage insurance for 16.99 and head to the Florida swamp… car wash people cursed us out later… We had to shovel the dirt off of the roof !!!

    Nobody with a sane mind will do that to his/her BMW X6 unless a zillionaire

  7. wazon8 says:

    @Lariv: This kind of off-road is avaible for X6M eighter. When I think about off road, I mean something more demanding than this kind of roads, something for which change of tires is necessary. At this blog there was nice off-road with X6 35d in Polish forests and no car with performance tires would go through it. You can find also some clips at YouTube where X6 35d is driven in snow in company of Land Rover. As for X6M, it’s hard not to agree with Laszlo, barely no X6M owner would risk suspension damage during driving in such area. The same applies to Cayenne Turbo owners eighter. So, proving that these sport SUV is better off-roader than other makes little sense for people interested in buying these cars. Perhaps, you would belong to the tiny class of these X6M owners who would go for demanding off-road and I guess it would happen up to the time you will see a bill for your frequent suspension repairments.

    As for choosing this or that M car, it’s depends solely on potential buyers’ preferences. Most of Cayennes, X5, X6 have never gone off-road and nevetheless people find them attractive. And check the prices, because X6M is in M5 price range, so you would save nothing, if you chose M5 over X6M.

  8. svavuka says:

    hey people if you want hard core offroad car buy land cruiser or defender or wrangler or pajero but dont complan that tere going to tap ower on hi speed curves if you want compromise and something middle with high performance and 2 differentials 4×4 x series are the best but remember x 5 x6 are SUVS but not heavy mud and offroad vehicles

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