Car Shows The BMW X6 M at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011
The BMW X6 M represented the arrival in the BMW X segment of the high-performance character for which BMW M GmbH cars are renowned.
The fusion of the M philosophy with the innovative Sports Activity Coupé concept paved the way for an exclusive driving experience. The BMW X6 M set a new dynamic benchmark in its class, leading the way in terms of acceleration, lateral dynamics and steering, stopping power and efficiency – factors also crucial in achieving success in motor sport.
It embodies the ultimate in its segment, providing performance and dynamic reserves unmatched by its rivals and giving the driver a feeling of limitless poise and assurance in everyday driving.
The M high-performance engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology developed for the BMW X6 M generates maximum output of 408 kW/555 hp at 6,000 rpm from its 4,395 cc displacement.
Power is transferred to the road via the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, working in tandem with Dynamic Performance Control.
This technology merges seamlessly with the M-specific chassis construction – including Adaptive Drive and newly developed Servotronic steering – to deliver the driving properties for which BMW M models are rightly famed, complete with unrivalled directional stability and precisely controllable self-steering responses even under extremely enthusiastic driving.
Instantaneous responses, linear power delivery: V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology.
The M TwinPower Turbo technology featured in the V8 engine includes two twin-scroll turbochargers, positioned with the catalytic converters in the V-shaped space between the cylinder banks, a cross-bank exhaust manifold patented by BMW and High Precision Direct Petrol Injection.
This unique construction principle generates both the immediate responses typical of M cars and extraordinarily high torque, which comes on tap at low engine speeds and remains constant into the upper reaches of the rev range. Indeed, peak torque of 680 Newton metres (502 lb-ft) is available between 1,500 and 5,650 rpm.
The six-speed M Sport automatic gearbox offers optimised gearshift dynamics and outstanding shift comfort, underlining the car’s sporting genes. An innovative torque reduction concept ensures extremely short gearshift times by briefly cutting fuel injection and ignition.
The driver shifts gears using either the electronic gear selector lever or the M-specific aluminium shift paddles on the steering wheel.
The BMW X6 M races from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds. The all-wheel-drive system and chassis technology are tuned precisely to the output characteristics of the V8 engine. In addition to its even power delivery under extremely dynamic driving, this allows the car to ensure an equally linear build-up of lateral forces when the driver calls on maximum power through corners.
BMW xDrive with M-specific set-up and Dynamic Performance Control.
The xDrive all-wheel-drive system of the BMW X6 M was given a special set-up and the extra services of Dynamic Performance Control to enhance the car’s ultra-sporty driving characteristics.
Its stand-out virtues include superior dynamics combined with unbeatable directional stability and excellent traction. And driving pleasure is given a further boost by levels of agility unmatched in this class and exceptionally neutral self-steering responses.
The intelligent all-wheel-drive system provides variable distribution of engine power between the front and rear wheels. Dynamic Performance Control regulates the power split between the rear wheels and allows the driver to accelerate out of corners with particular verve.
Linking the system up with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) adds to the car’s dynamic potential. Meanwhile, M Dynamic Mode (MDM) can be activated by pressing the DSC button on the centre console.
This mode generates the hallmark self-steering responses of M cars by raising the intervention thresholds of DSC (i.e. the point at which it applies brake inputs and reduces engine output), as well as by tweaking xDrive to send more power to the rear wheels and bringing in the services of Dynamic Performance Control. MDM ensures maximum cornering speeds and extremely late DSC interventions when driving at the limit.
Bespoke chassis construction, Adaptive Drive as standard.
The suspension, with its double-track control arm front axle and integral IV rear axle, boasts M-specific elastokinematics. The BMW X6 M comes as standard with air suspension and self-levelling on the rear axle, as well as Adaptive Drive with electronically adjustable dampers (EDC) and active anti-roll control. The innovative three-way support mounts give both the springs and dampers particularly sensitive responses.
The car’s Servotronic steering, which also comes in a model-specific configuration, provides speed-sensitive power assistance.
The lightweight high-performance braking system ensures outstanding stopping power, combined with excellent feel and resistance to fade. The BMW X6 M is fitted as standard with model-specific mixed tyres on 20-inch light-alloy wheels.
Extensive configuration options, M Drive button am steering wheel.
Switching between Normal and Sport mode using the EDC button on the centre console adjusts the Servotronic and damper settings.
The power mode for the engine and transmission management can also be activated at the touch of a button, with the driver choosing between the Sport and Efficient programs. In addition, drivers can use the M Drive menu to give the car their desired set-up configuration by adjusting the settings of EDC and Servotronic, DSC and the power mode, and the optional Head-Up Display.
This configuration can then be stored and called up again using the M Drive button on the steering wheel.
The driver-focused interior features M seats, an M leather steering wheel and M driver’s footrest, plus the M-specific cockpit with an instrument cluster containing a variable engine temperature advance warning display in the rev counter, special vehicle function displays and white display illumination.
The BMW X6 M comes as standard with items including heated front seats with electric seat adjustment and memory function, 2-zone automatic climate control, a BMW Individual instrument panel with leather cover, Merino leather with extended features, M door sill finishers, an M driver’s footrest, Brushed Aluminium Shadow interior trim strips and hands-free tailgate opening.
The options list, meanwhile, includes the navigation system Professional, BMW Individual high-end audio system, 4-zone automatic climate control, M-specific Head-Up Display, Merino full leather trim, active seat ventilation, electrically operated glass roof, trailer coupling with removable trailer hitch ball, and a wide variety of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive.