Drag Race: 2011 BMW X6 M vs 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Wagon vs 2011 Porsche Panamera Turbo

BMW X6 M | April 27th, 2011 by 15
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MotorTrend pushes the envelope with their latest review. In an unique and surprising article, the US magazine places the BMW X6 M against some unusual …

MotorTrend pushes the envelope with their latest review. In an unique and surprising article, the US magazine places the BMW X6 M against some unusual competitors: Cadillac CTS-V Wagon and Porsche Panamera. And if that wasn’t odd enough, taking them at the drag strip to see who comes out on top is just simply the icing on the cake.

Before we have a look at the video, let’s see some highlights from their review:

You know the old line about the inmates running the asylum? Well, the asylum’s been handing out engineering degrees, and the inmates are now running BMW, Cadillac, and Porsche. Meet the Unicorns — three cars, in the words of Raoul Duke, too weird to live and too rare to die. Each is a manifestation of a novel concept: maximum performance mated to oodles of capacity and practicality. Drag Race: 2011 BMW X6 M vs 2011 Cadillac CTS V Wagon vs 2011 Porsche Panamera Turbo

All three vehicles are also patently absurd, in the very best possible sense of the word-so bizarre that we had to road-trip them to the only American city capable of standing up to this trio’s epic level of whoa: Las Vegas.

If the four-door Porker is the fall of Rome, the BMW X6 M is Incitatus, the horse Caligula appointed senator. This beast makes no sense. Consider that the X6 M weighs nearly 5200 pounds, yet comes with a 555-horsepower twin-turbo V-8. That’s 55 horses more than the Porsche. All that grunt combined with such a chiseled and aggressive exterior makes the most controversial M badge ever a true highway menace. It’s a real middle finger of a monster blowing up your rearview mirror. And we like that.

But you have to wonder, did BMW go far enough? The X6 M weighs 2.5 tons and seats only four while returning very poor fuel economy (14.6 mpg on our watch). If that’s not anti-social, I don’t know what is. But why stop there? If you’re going to be the bane of the environmental movement, if everyone who sees you driving your own personal attack truck is instantly, automatically going to hate your guts, best to keep your right foot down, right? Why not make the X6 M a single seater? Better yet, why not a single seater with center steering? And instead of doors, how about a roof hatch? There’s way too much useable storage space (25.6 cubic feet, almost 10 cubic feet more than in the spacious Panamera). BMW ought to — I think — fill the rear of this gnarly puppy with lead. Seriously, why not?

Full review at MotorTrend

  • Giom

    I don’t get why ppl get hung up about the practicality of the X6. It’s NOT small on the inside! It’s pretty big – more than enough space for a holiday/weekend getaway.

    As far as the drag race goes… who would ever predict a large 4×4 keeping up with these super cars. Now, lets get the new M5 in there!

  • Giom

    I don’t get why ppl get hung up about the practicality of the X6. It’s NOT small on the inside! It’s pretty big – more than enough space for a holiday/weekend getaway.

    As far as the drag race goes… who would ever predict a large 4×4 keeping up with these super cars. Now, lets get the new M5 in there!

  • Otto

    After the 0-60 mph TT-RS in 3.6s, we got here a special version of the Panamera Turbo with a 4.6L engine instead of 4.8L.
    Our American friends seem to have a problem with figures lately.

  • Manchester Man

    If the drag race went on a little bit longer then the X6 would have taken over the Cadillac.

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

      No, quite the opposite. The X6M trap seed was much slower then the Caddy. This with an almost same time indicates that it had an advantage at the launch, because of the 4×4 setup. Front tire grip was helping it to launch faster but eventually weight, size and drag caught up with it. At halftime the BMW was leading the Caddy !
      What is surprising here actually the Panamera. Wow !!! That much lead over these 2 ? Sure its more money but still… I guess Porsche is still the King.
      As far as the BMW X6 being small – well it is and it isn’t. It really depends on what do you compare it. I did not have the M version, only the normal TT 4.4l the XDrive50 but it was tall and wide, somewhat slanted inside on the backseat. Its a 4 seater SAV and has an average size trunk.
      It does not matter though. The people who buy this type of SAV will care less about trunk space. X6 brought people over from the Infiniti FX lovers, and that SAV had zero trunk space.
      The X6 perfectly fills its intended space – large, expensive, high seating, cool styling vehicle for people who makes over 200k USD annually. (the least expensive X6 is about 64grand but most will be stickered at around 70grand)
      It is a hit everywhere and the factory can’t make enough of it. It was supposed to be a limited production vehicle and they far exceeded the expectations. Hence the announcement that an X4 will be introduced based on the already popular X3. X6 is a type of vehicle that makes money for BMW. cost is about 3% more then the X5 but the selling price is 15% more. Pure profit based on a volume SAV X5.
      Great idea, successful design and shareholders dream.
      Don’t bash it, drive it ! I did and I never regret it !

      • Giom

        When ever I read about the success of the X6, I always smile and think about that endless thread on the Autocar website named: What’s the use of the X6? I always love it when journos get it wrong – and they almost always get it wrong with BMW.

      • Giom

        When ever I read about the success of the X6, I always smile and think about that endless thread on the Autocar website named: What’s the use of the X6? I always love it when journos get it wrong – and they almost always get it wrong with BMW.

  • Shincai

    164k for that Panamera??? Hell no!!!
    I’d rather have the X6 M!

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

      I totally agree ! 164k is way to much for any car specially for the Panamera. butt ugly but still the king of speed and handles good too.

      I’d choose a X6 Xdrive35 with a 3l TT engine and 8spd auto sport package etc. for about 74 and an M3 Sedan for about 64 and for the remaining 26 grand, I would pickup either a used E46 convertible or a Boxster.
      3 cars to satisfy all the driving needs in price of 1 butt ugly panamera. With the M3 I’d be faster with the X6 I’d have more cargo room and with the convertible I’d enjoy the spring/fall times.

  • pimeto

    I didnt get the point of this drag test ? it was so obvious from the begginning what the winner will be…. its pointless to compare sport sedans to 4×4….? The idea is to show how bad the X6 is, or something ?

  • viper

    as expected.
    the x6 is big fat heavy suv , against any lightweight Porsche is a loser , little bit less weight and a bit more torque would make the x6 much faster

  • viper

    as expected.
    the x6 is big fat heavy suv , against any lightweight Porsche is a loser , little bit less weight and a bit more torque would make the x6 much faster

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1842858183 Ahmad Haziq

    These cars are completely incomparable, but at least showed us something of them. I just think something is terribly wrong with the Panamera. I wouldn’t say it’s ugly. It’s fast, elegant and quite a unique thing. The only let down is the ultimate price. Absolutely ridiculous… For that price, I’d rather hunt for something else.

  • Amine_ben12

    but is not the same truck, let s do a drag race with porsche cayenne turbo s & BMW x6M, we will see who win !

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