The new BMW X6 M is expected to pack the new M5's twin-turbo V8.
After spy shots emerged of the new next-generation BMW X6, it was only a matter of time before the coupe-style SUV received the M Performance treatment. Fast forward a few months and we now have the first spy photos of the X6 M in prototype form being benchmarked against its predecessor.
While it's covered in a full body wrap, it’s already clear that the new X6 M will look decidedly less ugly than its predecessor, featuring a sleek coupe-style roofline and a larger kidney grille akin to newer BMW models, which doesn’t look out of place on a large SUV like the X6.
There are, of course, a few key differences that make the new X6 M look more aggressive than its standard sibling. At the front, the bumper incorporates some massive air intakes while flared wheel arches give the SUV a muscular appearance. There are also air vents located behind the front wheels and a signature M-specific quad exhaust system at the back.
Like its predecessor, the BMW M body kit adds new bumpers, side skirts, side mirrors, and a subtle roof spoiler, which is also joined by an integrated boot lid spoiler. Both the new X6 and X6 M are expected to be powered by the M5’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8. In the M5 Competition, the engine produces 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, so we’re expecting the X6 M to deliver a similar level of power. BMW has also hinted M SUVs could get the Competition Package treatment in the future.
The X6 M isn’t the only new performance SUV BMW has in the pipeline either, as the X3 M and X4 M are expected to break cover soon, possibly at the 2018 LA Auto Show in November. Given that the standard X6 is slated to go on sale in 2019, the M version probably won’t arrive until 2020.