2013 BMW X6 M Overview
You don’t hear the words “performance” and “SUV” used together often for good reason, but both apply to the absolutely bonkers 2013 BMW X6 M
BMW’s M division, which specializes in turning BMWs standard road cars into high-performance machines, also produces a pair of SUVs in the X5 M and the X6 M. BMW is fond of calling the X6 a “sports activity coupe” thanks to its coupe-like profile. The X6 M is the same, with a profile that looks similar to an SUV until about halfway back the roofline drops off similar to what you’d find a sleek coupe. There are several visual cues that distinguish the X6 M from regular models including quad-chrome tailpipes, 20-inch alloy wheels, larger air vents, and full LED headlights with adaptive turning.
Where the 2013 X6 M really distinguishes itself however is what lies under the metal and it all starts with the engine, a 555-horsepower, turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 that makes 500 pounds-feet of torque. Instead of the eight-speed automatic that is found in the regular X6, M versions utilize a six-speed automatic with paddle shifter that can bang out nearly instantaneous shifts, or be calibrated for a more civilized feel. Top speed is a governed 155 mph and the X6 M can rocket from 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds (as a matter of reference that is equal to BMW’s M3 performance coupe).
The X6 M also utilizes an M-tuned version of BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system that is setup for rear-wheel drive bias and makes the X6 M very much at home on the track. What is also unique about the 2013 X6 M’s suspension is how customizable it is. Everything from dampening rates to roll stabilization can be adjusted to the driver’s liking and changed depending on circumstances, meaning the X6 M can function both as a tame daily driver and a sharpened canyon carver.
Inside, the X6 M is very well equipped offering the latest technology from BMW including the latest version of the iDrive driver input system which can control performance settings, the navigation system, and the audio system. The X6 M, despite its coupe like appearance, has four-doors and seats up to five passengers although there isn’t much room in the rear seat. Other standard features include 20-way powered front seats, leather upholstery, M-adorned door sills and steering wheel, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD radio, Bluetooth connectivity, and a USB/iPod port.
Standard safety features include six airbags, antilock brakes, electronic stability system, BMW Assist, and active front head restraints.