- M sport version of the X6
- 0-60 mph in 4.5 seconds
- 555-hp, turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine
If you woke up one day thinking that you’d really like an SUV that you can drive on a track as well, you’re in luck, with the 2014 BMW X6 M.
The X6 M is really bonkers, BMW took the X6 SUV to its M Performance division, said “have at it,” and this is what popped out. BMW actually calls the X6 a “sports activity coupe” in a nod to its unique shape, a centaur-like combination of body styles that is SUV in the front and sleek coupe in the back. The X6 M gets a few visual cues that distinguish it from regular models including quad-chrome tailpipes, 20-inch alloy wheels, larger air vents, and full LED headlights with adaptive turning that follows the steering wheel.
Under the hood, the X6 M gets a more powerful 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, but also has a gentler non-sport more 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. The suspension is very adjustable; everything from dampening rates to roll stabilization can be changed to the driver’s liking to fit the present 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.