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Why is BMW testing an X6 xDrive35i with the X6M bodykit?

Spy Photos | October 25th, 2010 by 12
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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 …

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.

bmw-x6-m-xdrive35i-7We 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…

[Photos by Palbay ]

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrei.sabau Andrei

    How do you guys know the car is owned by BMW and not by some guy that put an X6M kit on it ? So what that it was seen near the Spartanburg plant ?

    • Laszlo

      that’s exactly what is it. It does not have a manufacturer plate like all BMW test mules, it has a private plate. It is most likely a worker who purchased the car with damages and put the M parts on it… or just simply bought the stuff and installed it on the basic 3.0. not a rocket science, many people did that. The //M emblem makes it tacky a bit.

      But the rest of the world can usually purchase a basic car with the //M body kit. I think that’s good for them and I wish we could do the same.
      I drove a E60 520d with the M sport package a few years ago. Sport suspension M body kit the whole thing, looked like an M5 and it was a 163HP 520d.

  • anosios

    i think it is the facelift test…………………………………..isnt it?

  • hhhp1

    has to be a poser with a 35i and put M badges!

  • ///M5Manny

    I saw this car on Friday when I was at the Performance center. The brakes are not the X6 ///M Brakes. There’s no way this is a M under development. It reallyis a 3.5.

  • sutheshkumar

    This is part of the BMW Performance Package. Opting for that gives you the X6M bodykit.

    • Giom

      No, no performance package ever include the M side vent, as that is a major panel change. For that reason, I think that this is a BMW test car.

      • sutheshkumar

        oh yeah, didnt see that. And I agree with Parker too. Could be a personal car.

  • http://ebrake.blogspot.com Murph

    Whoever owns this thing please replace your front tires before I end up on the same road as you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=582100651 Parker

    I bet its a personal car. BMW wouldnt put badges on if they were testing, either take them off or cover them up.

    Plus the severly worn Dunlops up front prove that again.

  • http://ebrake.blogspot.com Murph

    I agree with Parker. However, H is right with this post. I was at the Spartanburg plant a few weeks ago and even at the front gate of the plant( I was dropping a press car with security over a weekend) they had a handful of very lightly disguised X6 test mules with covered badging. Each had a special serial number that corresponded to large, labeled binders/logs on the front seats so it was clearly some sort of test vehicle (albeit not outwardly obvious as to its modifications).

    It’s pretty common to see these sorts of cars floating around near production facilities.

  • BIMMER1

    This car has to be a factory worker. There’s no way BMW would go through the effort of putting the fenders/body kit/M badge/incorrectly placed 3.5 badge on a mule. Obviously this person eiother knows nothing or doesn’t care about BMW’s history and class. This is one ghetto ride, which the worn out tires alone prove. He’s probably got some Nankang tires on order from China as we speak. Way to go!

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