The new BMW X6 Sports Activity Coup heralds the dawn of a new era. Never before have the flowing lines of a coup been combined with the presence of a four-wheel drive model.
The BMW X6 is a unique proposition offering owners the safety and convenience of a command driving position, with the on-road performance of a sports car, all wrapped in the svelte lines of a coup.
For the first time in BMW's history, the entire European model range is turbocharged with the X6 offering a quartet of forced induction powerplants. The range flagship is an all-new twin-turbocharged V8 producing 408hp at 5500rpm. The 4395cc engine makes the BMW X6 xDrive50i the most powerful production X model BMW has ever produced. Its 442 lb-ft of torque from 1800rpm through to 4500rpm propels the X6 from 0-62mph in 5.4sec. Top speed has been limited to 155mph. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 22.6mpg.
To optimize packaging, the configuration of the new V8 is unique, too. It is the first engine in the world to locate twin-turbochargers and a catalytic converter within the vee of the engine. The revolutionary engine design allowed engineers to fit the twin-turbochargers needed for increased performance without having to reconfigure the double wishbone front suspension.
To complement the outstanding performance figures of the new 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged X6, it is joined by the X6 xDrive35i powered by the International Engine of the Year 2007 winner. The 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine already available in the 1- and 3-Series now comes to the X6. Offering 306hp from its 2979cc powerplant, the BMW X6 xDrive35i produces peak power at 5800rpm. With peak torque of 300 lb-ft from 1300rpm through to 5000rpm, it also offers the driver a seamless wave of acceleration from near idle.This award-winning engineering results in a vehicle that can sprint from 0-62mph in 6.7sec before going on to a top speed of 149mph. Fuel consumption on the combined cycle is 25.9mpg.
The diesel-powered cars are predicted to be the biggest selling variants in Europe. The BMW X6 xDrive30d is powered by a single-turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine featuring third-generation common-rail fuel injection and producing 235hp at 4000rpm. The 2993cc unit achieves 384 lb-ft of torque from 2000rpm through to 2750rpm. This helps deliver a 0-62mph time of 8.0sec before going on to a top speed of 137mph. The BMW X6 xDrive30d still achieves 34.4mpg on the combined cycle.
Blending high performance with class-leading fuel economy and CO2 emissions is also a trait of the BMW X6 xDrive35d. Powered by an award-winning twin-turbocharged six-cylinder diesel engine with third generation common-rail technology, the X6 xDrive35d produces 286hp at 4400rpm. Peak torque is 428 lb-ft and this is attained from 1750rpm through to 2250rpm. The near instantaneous peak torque figure delivers swift acceleration in all situations: 0-62mph is achieved in 6.9sec before the vehicle continues on to a top speed of 147mph. Fuel consumption is equally impressive with the X6 xDrive35d returning 34.0mpg on the combined cycle.
The BMW X6 is aimed at the enthusiastic driver and, courtesy of BMW's EfficientDynamics technology, its all round performance is enhanced by a number of intelligent features.
Brake Energy Regeneration, incorporating an Intelligent Alternator Control and an Absorbent Glass Mat battery to recycle previously lost energy, ensures unrivalled fuel consumption in the X6. This is achieved as the alternator reduces drag on the engine by only engaging when required to charge the battery. Normally a traditional alternator is constantly draining power from the engine. Additionally, the energy generated by the engine on over-run (under braking or descending a hill) was also previously wasted. Now this "lost energy" is used by the alternator to charge the battery.
Reduced rolling resistance tires featuring special heat-resistant, anti-distortion materials in the tread and sidewalls lower emissions and improve fuel efficiency on the X6.
The Sports Activity Coup comes with low friction transmission fluids for efficient running and active aerodynamics to regulate air flow to the engine. This enables the engine to always work at its optimum efficiency for the benefit of power and economy.
Dynamic Performance Control makes its world debut on the BMW X6. Dynamic Performance Control works by spreading drive forces from side to side at the two rear wheels as required in a given situation.
Dynamic Performance Control is unique. It is the only system of its kind in the world able to provide its stabilizing effect both under power and with the engine on overrun. The system works by detecting possible over- or understeer. When this occurs, Dynamic Performance Control will vary the distribution of drive forces between the wheels for perfect stability, dynamic traction, and forward motion.
This is achieved by transferring additional wheel speed to the outer rear wheel to push the car round the corner rather than applying brake force to the inner wheels as currently happens with traditional stability control systems.In the process, Dynamic Performance Control improves driving stability at all speeds, not only ensuring maximum traction when pulling away and precise control when entering a bend, but also higher levels of lateral acceleration and optimum directional stability when accelerating out of the bend.
The BMW X6 is the third X model to be launched by BMW. The four-seat BMW X6 is aimed at a different customer to X3 and X5 owners, appealing to the driver who enjoys the command driving position, but one who also savors the characteristics of a sports car.
The exterior design of the X6 is a bold statement of that customer intent. From the front, large air intakes positioned on the outer reaches of the front bumper highlight the cooling requirements of the high-performance engine. The contour of the central air intake, in addition, visually widens the car for a more sporting appearance.
From the side, the unique design and proportions of the BMW X6 are striking. Its tapering roofline and long rear body overhang give the car a stretched coup silhouette. To accentuate this, the roofline reaches its highest point directly behind the steering wheel tapering off to the rear to emphasize the dynamic wedge shape of the car. Flared wheel arches, standard 19" light-alloy wheels and a wide rear track all serve to underscore the vehicle's sporting intent.
All European BMW X6s models come with a wealth of equipment as standard including 19-inch alloy wheels, Dynamic Performance Control, xDrive four-wheel drive, Dynamic Stability Control+, xenon headlights, front and rear Park Distance Control, Sports suspension and a six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddles.
Inside, standard equipment highlights include part-electric seat adjustment, 6.5" colour display screen with iDrive controller, two-zone climate control and child seat attachments in the rear.
Optional highlights of the X6 include BMW's Adaptive Drive handling package, Active Steering, Head-up Display, Adaptive Headlights, High-beam Assistant, Reversing Camera and four-zone climate control.
The BMW X6 launches in Europe in the spring with the X6 xDrive30d, xDrive35i and xDrive35d. The X6 xDrive50i goes on sale later in the year. Prices and US availability will be announced nearer the launch time.