Car Magazine reviews the 2015 BMW X6 M50d and releases some of their impressions on the high-performance diesel SUV.
The M50d is the most powerful diesel model available in the current X6 lineup. The engine comes with a 2993cc of displacement, it has a triple-turbocharged powered configuration with the six cylinders, where it develops 376bhp and 546 lb-ft of torque available from the lower RPM.
The new X6 offers all the luxury items required by a premium SUV, along with comfort and safety levels you would want from a large car. The engine is highly efficient and powerful at the same time. It certainly is the perfect combination for people that need lower fuel consumption and sporty performance.
Here is what Car Magazine said about the BMW X6 M50d in their conclusion:
“Despite all that prowess though – and there’s no doubting this car’s technically gifted on the move – there’s something missing. Fit and finish is superb, performance impressive, handling extraordinary and even the running costs are reasonable. But it fails to tug at those strings inside, and if cars like the X6 M50d don’t engage emotionally, you should buy an X5 instead.
Everything has its place. Panel gaps are Bible-paper thin. Layered with quality materials, dashboard switchgear resists digit prods with implicit solidity and the displays exhibit information with clarity.
What’s the new BMW X6 like to drive?
Leaving the questionable image aside, the X6 M50d is far better enjoyed in motion. The familiar 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel is boosted to within an inch of block implosion, developing 376bhp and 546lb ft of torque. An excellent eight-speed automatic gearbox, shifting quickly and smoothly, comes as standard.
Despite weighing 2.2 tonnes with standard four-wheel drive, this tracksuit-wearing SAC hits 62mph from rest in 5.2 seconds. This straight-line speed is something short of remarkable though; the X6 50i SE uses its 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 petrol to complete the same almost half-a-second faster.
But the X6 M50d gains stiffer Adaptive M suspension, and a different steering layout to the rest of the range. Alongside Active Roll Stabilisation (ARS), this adds up to the cliched package of a car that shrinks around you.
More SAC than SUV indeed.
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