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MotorTrend: 2011 BMW X6 M Test Drive

BMW X6 M | April 13th, 2011 by 18
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Motor Trend revisits the powerful, yet controversial BMW X6 M. The first BMW M to launch with an xDrive (more are rumored in the future) …

Motor Trend revisits the powerful, yet controversial BMW X6 M. The first BMW M to launch with an xDrive (more are rumored in the future) came to market in 2009 along with its twin-brother, the X5 M, and it has proven to be a great seller in some parts of the world, including Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

In the U.S. sales have been satisfactory and the X6 M came to compete in a niche with the also powerful Porsche Cayenne Turbo S. We first had the opportunity to drive the X6 M back at the Road Atlanta race track in summer of 2009.

MotorTrend delivers a fun and insightful review, and here is an excerpt from it:

MotorTrend: 2011 BMW X6 M Test Drive

“A BMW executive takes a large lump of money and a small lump of hallucinogens and hands both to a group of engineers with the following instruction: “Go nuts.” Sometime later — after the passing of key statutes of limitations — the BMW X6 M appears.

The hulking and incredibly fast red aberration you see here provides a rolling look into their madness. The engine, for example. BMW has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8, but these engineers figured 400 horsepower simply wouldn’t do. So on went new pistons, camshafts, turbochargers, and a modified cooling system, amongst other things. The engineers finally settled on 555 horsepower, a number so convenient they might as well have called it “enough.” They then programmed in a launch control system, because what good is a 5181-pound SUV if it can’t accelerate like a Cadillac CTS-V?

“Wait a second,” you might think. “What about the Cayenne Turbo?” Yes, both are monstrously silly, twin-turbo SUVs. But lo, the BMW is quicker. Reaching 60 mph in 4.0 seconds and the quarter mile in 12.5 seconds at 110.8 mph, the X6 M dismisses that comparatively sensible Porsche by three-tenths. How? With the transmission in manual mode, all that’s required from the BMW driver is that they press the inconspicuous “M” button on the steering wheel and flatfoot both pedals. And when the checkered flag appears on the dash, they sidestep the brake. As the all-wheel drive jettisons the X6 M from its place of rest, the transmission takes care of the upshifts — the driver is merely along for the ride. (Helpfully, the owner’s manual suggests that you not use launch control when towing a trailer.)”

Full review at MotorTrend

  • Giom

    I love when a review is without preconception and looked at for what it is meant to be. The X6M isn’t for everyone, so, get over it and report on what it is. This is what they had done.

  • Giom

    I love when a review is without preconception and looked at for what it is meant to be. The X6M isn’t for everyone, so, get over it and report on what it is. This is what they had done.

  • Giom

    I love when a review is without preconception and looked at for what it is meant to be. The X6M isn’t for everyone, so, get over it and report on what it is. This is what they had done.

  • Giom

    I love when a review is without preconception and looked at for what it is meant to be. The X6M isn’t for everyone, so, get over it and report on what it is. This is what they had done.

  • Otto

    “Reaching 60 mph in 4.0 seconds”

    BMW claims 4.7s for the 0-62mph.
    NOS seems quite popular among car testers lately…
    Great article by MotorTrend btw.

    • Alex

      the bmwusa website says 4,5 for 0-60. Usually car magazines and etc get faster 0-60 times because manufacturers tend to be a little bit conservative

    • Alex

      the bmwusa website says 4,5 for 0-60. Usually car magazines and etc get faster 0-60 times because manufacturers tend to be a little bit conservative

      • Otto

        Really? Read it again. This wasn’t a test drive, just an editorial, therefore the typo.
        And talking about being a little bit conservative, it’s usually the other way around : testers could hardly match (if never) the maker’s figures, either in consumption or acceleration.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

    “Helpfully, the owner’s manual suggests that you not use launch control when towing a trailer.”

    ok, this is funny ! Don’t use it with pregnant woman and elderly either, I might add. The 4.0s acceleration not too long ago was reserved for true race cars and expensive exotics. Now its available in a family SAV. Unbelievable what we see today on the car/truck market.

  • Andrewyh

    Lol the 2011 Porsche cayenne turbo has been smoking it for half a year now… Outdated

    • Alex

      I don’t see how it smokes it considering they have the exact same 4.7s 0-62 time

  • Tom Cardone

    i. LOVE. the. x6m. pureeee sex. my ultimate dream car

  • Mose121

    I’m just happy it actually mentions towing in the owners manual.

  • Toknagirl

    My brother which is just 7 year old are crazy about BMW sport car we got one but my gramma sold it and my brother cried so my mom told him that we are going to buy a new one and when I go on Internet he always tell me to go on this wed site

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  • Anjartsi

    what is the top speed of x6M?

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