BMW X6 M Sets A New Production SUV Nurburgring Record

Still kinda weird looking though.

You usually don't hear a whole lot about speed records being set by SUVs, and with pretty good reason. In the vast majority of cases, it is a vehicle type mostly purchased for use as a family vehicle, and speed simply isn't important to buyers in this segment. But that hasn't kept a handful of manufacturers from turning out impractically high performance versions of their SUVs. The Range Rover Sport SVR used to reign over this segment, until just recently.

This vehicle was able to lap the Nurburgring in 8 minutes and 14 seconds, a record until the new BMW X6 M came along and did it ten seconds faster. This 8:14 time for the X6 M is a full twenty seconds faster than the outgoing generation of the car. That's a pretty noticeable improvement, and it shows that BMW really did put a lot of effort into the evolution of the vehicle. But what is perhaps most amazing about the result is that the new X6 M has tied with the outgoing (E92) generation of the M3. BMW had better be careful, messing with brand hierarchy is usually considered a big no no.

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