Apparently, it tackled the Green Hell surprisingly well for a large SUV.
In our last sighting of the new BMW X6 M, a prototype was spotted cruising roads in the Austrian Alps. This time, our spies have caught the high-performance SUV being put through its paces around the gruelling Nurburgring. While the Green Hell may not seem like a natural habitat for a large and heavy SUV, our spies were impressed with how the X6 M performed considering its size and weight. After all, even if the new X6 M is lighter than its predecessor, it’s still not exactly going to be lightweight. Despite this, there was very little body roll during testing, suggesting its lower and stiffer suspension is doing its job.
Aesthetically, the new X6 M should look a lot less ugly than the outgoing model. The prototype is still covered in a hefty amount of camouflage, but we can still see its sleek coupe-style roofline and large kidney grille inherited from newer BMW models, which arguably looks more suitable on a large SUV like the X6 M and the new X7. To distinguish it from the standard model, the X6 M gains some massive air intakes and flared wheels, resulting in a more aggressive appearance.
Under the hood, the new BMW X6 M is 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 have a similar level of power. There could even be an M Competition version if BMW’s recent comments are anything to go by. The new X6 will go on sale in 2019, so the M version probably won’t arrive until the following year.