It took us a few minutes just to come up with the title for this article since looking at the photos below, we were even more confused about this test mule spotted in South Carolina. Our friend and spy photographer Palbay spotted an interesting X6 prototype near the Spartanburg factory.
At a first glance, the car looks nothing more than an X6 with an M-body kit, but at a closer look reveal some interesting details and quite confusing. At its core, the X6 seems to be the xDrive35i model, with the dual-exhaust setup, the branding on the sides and the standard wheels. But on top of this bodystyle, BMW placed some aerodynamics and branding elements from the X6M.
The front-end sports the aggressive bumper with large air intakes, the side gills give the car the M look and the X6M badge slapped on the trunk takes our confusion to a new level.
We are probably reading too much into this and this could be simply a funny joke by the engineers at BMW, but nonetheless, it is worth acknowledging that BMW is famous for disguising their cars when they are just looking to test a drivetrain.
Maybe someone from the plant will chime in…