BMW goes big on the kidney grilles but low on lap times.
The last time we laid eyes on the refreshed X6 M, it was just about camo-free and came with rumors of a hot-ish X6 M60i variant. Frankly, there weren't a whole lot more places BMW could lose the camo without just driving the refreshed model around for kicks. Clearly, that's not the case, as our latest batch of spy photos shows.
The BMW X6 M will keep up BMW's big-faced appearances, though the grille doesn't appear to grow much as compared to the current coupe SUV. This latest batch of spy photos also gives us a look at the new M car's wheel options, some of which will be more road-friendly than others.
But let's start with that family face. To be specific, BMW has dropped the camo surrounding the lower fascias of the updated face. As a quick aside, we're uncertain whether there will be more significant changes to the rear fascia. Those could still be upcoming. Regardless, we now know that the front will become significantly more aggressive than the existing X6 M.
The lower intakes on the corner of the bumper appear to be for the intercoolers, which shrink a bit vertically and grow more in width. The center air inlet below the grille appears to shrink a little as well, with the new radar sensor growing significantly. There also appears to be some additional supporting structure on the new lower fascia as well.
As far as we can tell, the grille's patterning is going to change, but as we said, its size won't. Depending on the flavor of X6 M you spec, we're willing to bet the patterning will vary along with it. Certain, more hard-edged models, like an eventual X6 M Competition, will likely get the horizontal grille strakes we've seen on the M3 CS.
Finally, that leaves us with the wheel options. It's refreshing to see BMW offering real cushy side walls on its sporty SUV. No one is out here tracking these, and this new 10-spoke wheel should tame the ride a bit. BMW will also offer a sort of variant of an M3 Competition-like wheel, which you can see on the grey car in the galleries.
Our expectations for the powertrain aren't shifting much, with the newest model set to make the same 617 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque from its twin-turbo V8. For more detailed info, we'll simply have to wait.