If you are looking for complete over-the-top performance, the 2013 BMW X6 M has exactly what you need. Powered by twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8, this sport utility vehicle cranks out a whopping 555 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque. Zero to 60 mph is accomplished in only 4.3 seconds, which puts a lot of lightweight sports cars to shame. This engine is complemented by all-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. When it comes to handling, you will likely forget that you are behind the wheel of a 5,300-pound vehicle. It is equipped with Dynamic Performance Control, which evenly distributes power to the right and left sides. This intelligent distribution provides a more precise steering response, allowing you to better connect to the road. Also, the adaptive dampers and sport-tuned suspension adds to the experience. As for the ride, although firmer than what you might expect from BMW, it is certainly smooth thanks to its four-wheel independent suspension. The one major downfall is the large turning circle that will likely make you feel like you are behind the wheel of a full-size truck when trying to park.
• Sound System - As you would expect, the sound system in the X6 M is top-of-the-line. It has a CD player, MP3 playback capabilities, two subwoofers and 16 high-quality speakers.
• iDrive - The iDrive system controls pretty much everything, including your navigation, audio and real-time traffic. If you add on the multi-view parking camera, it will be controlled here as well.
• Universal Controller - Program your garage door, home security system and gate to your community all to this one built-in remote.
• Bluetooth - Also controlled with the iDrive interface, Bluetooth allows you to send and receive calls without taking your hands off the steering wheel.
Although crash tests have not been done specifically on the 2013 X6 M, one can only expect that it will rate as well as the SUVs in the BMW family. BMW Assist is standard, which provides on-demand roadside assistance, automatic crash notification and stolen vehicle recovery. Other safety features include:
• Four-wheel antilock brakes
• Electronic brakeforce distribution
• Traction control
• Brake drying
• Whiplash protection system in front head restraints
• Tire-pressure monitoring
• Post-collision safety system
• Dusk-sensing headlamps
• Engine immobilizer
• Child seat anchors
• Rear door locks
There are a few very distinct characteristics that set the X6 M apart from the others in its family, starting with the grille. Rather than chrome, it gets a black one that adds a sportier look to complement the fierce wheels and dual exhaust. This is a vehicle that will turn heads on the road.
Unlike most SUVs, the X6 M is a four-passenger vehicle. Rather than having a space for a third passenger in the back, there is a rear console instead. Sadly, anyone riding back there that is on the tall side will find it hard to get comfortable as the sloped roof compromises much of the head room. However, those in the front seat will find that they have more than enough room, plus they get to melt into unbelievably comfortable seats. Rich materials are used throughout and clusters and gauges are easy-to-read.
The X6 M is made for performance, not for hauling cargo. While you do get 25 cubic feet with the rear seat in place, only 60 cubic feet is awarded with the seat down.