BMW arms new X6 M with 600bhp-plus V8

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BMW’S NEW X6 M per­for­mance Suv-coupé will fea­ture the M5’s 4.4-litre V8 with an an­tic­i­pated out­put of more than 600bhp.

M Per­for­mance M50d and M50i vari­ants are also planned as BMW pro­lif­er­ates its M sub-brand, although the M50i petrol X6 might not be of­fered in Europe as it’s geared to­wards the US mar­ket.

The M50d will be pow­ered by a quad-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylin­der diesel en­gine pro­duc­ing more than 400bhp.

All en­gines will be shared with the me­chan­i­cally sim­i­lar new X5. The new X6, like the X5, is based on BMW’S CLAR plat­form, with dou­ble-wish­bone front and five-link rear sus­pen­sion. Air sus­pen­sion will be an op­tion.

Com­pared with the pre­vi­ous X6, the roofline will be less coupé-like than be­fore, with a more steeply an­gled tail­gate. At the front, the car will fol­low the lead of the X5 in adopt­ing the mono-kid­ney grille. The over­all de­sign draws heav­ily on that of the smaller X4 Su­vcoupé, though.

The X6 M will top the range of the third-gen­er­a­tion X6, which is ex­pected to make its de­but at the Shang­hai mo­tor show next April.

Pro­duc­tion will re­main at BMW’S Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, USA, where pro­to­types are al­ready be­ing built for test­ing. A reg­u­lar X6 pro­to­type was also spot­ted on the same out­ing as the pic­tured X6 M.

The X6 range will kick off with xdrive30d and xdrive40d vari­ants, although a greater petrol-pow­ered of­fer­ing is ex­pected. The xdrive40i, 50i and 45e mod­els will make up the rest of the range, with the no­table ad­di­tion of the plug-in hy­brid.

In­side, the new X6 will be al­most iden­ti­cal to the X5, with BMW’S new sev­en­th­gen­er­a­tion idrive in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem fea­tur­ing.

The X5 and new Mercedesbenz GLE both made their first ap­pear­ances at the Paris mo­tor show ear­lier this week, which means tim­ings for the new X6 and its most di­rect ri­val, the new Mercedes GLE Coupé, are likely to be very sim­i­lar.

The GLE Coupé will get AMG 53 and 63 vari­ants that are ex­pected to closely match the M-tuned X6 mod­els for per­for­mance.

X6 M will top lineup and use M5’s 4.4-litre petrol V8

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