If both stomach-clenching achievement and communicable people’s absorption are awful important to you, the 2021 BMW X6 M will not disappoint. As the sloped-back analogue to the BMW X5 M SUV and the raciest adaptation of the approved BMW X6, the mid-sizer with a beggarly mug boasts an abundantly able twin-turbo V-8 and a anatomy appearance that separates it from the cachet quo. While the X6 M’s architecture ability bang some as grotesque, and its 600-plus application and six-figure amount ability assume excessive, don’t balloon that BMW was amenable for the aboriginal coupe-SUV mashup. The German automaker now additionally has to bout up adjoin Olympic-level competitors in the performance-SUV amplitude such as the Porsche Cayenne Coupe and Mercedes-AMG GLE-class. Thankfully for admirers of the iconic roundel, the 2021 X6 M has the baking acceleration, sports-car-like handling, and blatant administration to bout them.
The X6 M enters the 2021 archetypal year with alone the aboriginal of changes. The account of accepted appearance grows with the accession of Android Auto and a one-year cable to SiriusXM accessory radio with 360L. However, the M’s agenda of standalone options has been beneath with the abolishment of night eyes with banal detection, the rear-seat ball system, and the glassy aluminum roof balustrade and exoteric trim. BMW additionally changes the Competition appellation from a archetypal to a package.
It’s adamantine to appreciate how beneath acumen can command a college price. Still, the 2021 X6 M costs $3500 added than its squareback counterpart, the X5 M. We adopt the beneath big-ticket anatomy style, but the 6 absolutely attracts added attention. Regardless, the Competition amalgamation is a must-have. Not alone does it accompany 617 horsepower—17 added than normal—but it has bigger accepted equipment, too. This includes a sport-tuned exhaust, an absolute Track mode, and 22-inch rear auto (versus 21-inchers). The Competition amalgamation additionally brings adherent covering upholstery and knee added on the centermost animate to abate abuse during adamantine cornering.
Gifted with the aforementioned absonant agent that admiral the BMW M5 sedan, the X6 M is motivated by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8. It makes 600 application and 553 lb-ft of torque in its accustomed accompaniment and 617 ponies with the Competition package. The agent hooks up to an eight-speed automatic manual that feeds a activating all-wheel-drive system. This drivetrain can be told to administer ability to all four auto for best absorption or accept best of it beatific aback for bluff handling. In accession to its selectable drive modes, including customizable settings that can be activated via steering-wheel-mounted buttons, the X6 M alike appearance adjustable brake-pedal feedback. The BMW additionally has accepted adaptive dampers and a set of 21-inch wheels, but a brace of 22-inchers can be adapted out aback (they’re accepted on the X6 M Competition) We’ve apprenticed the X6M Competition and acclaimed its lightning quick acceleration, amazing cornering grip, and strong, fade-free brakes. While it rode bland and abiding on the highway, its ample auto and annealed springs contributed to a bouldered ride on asperous roads.
The EPA estimates the X6 M will acquire 13 mpg in the burghal and 18 mpg on the highway. These ratings are identical to the X5 M. Since we haven’t been able to analysis either Bimmer on our 75-mph artery fuel-economy route, which is allotment of our all-encompassing testing regimen, we can’t appraise their real-world efficiency.
Sportiness and amplitude bang central the X6 M, which boasts carbon-fiber accents and accepted covering upholstery. There’s additionally no curtailment of high-tech appearance acknowledgment to a 12.3-inch absolutely agenda barometer array and a ample head-up display. Those are accompanied by niceties such as ambient autogenous lighting, massaging advanced seats with acrimonious and cooled surfaces, acrimonious rear seats, and more. Autogenous accommodation accumulator is accent by a coverable bin beneath the centermost assemblage and a advantageous center-console bin. While its coupe-like contour doesn’t affect how adequate it is for front- and back-seat passengers, the angled roofline does abate afterimage out aback as able-bodied as burden space. The acceptable X5 M provides 34 cubic anxiety abaft the aback row while the X6 M has alone 27 cubes.
A ample 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment arrangement adorns the centermost of the birr on the X6 M. It uses BMW’s latest iDrive software and can additionally be operated via duke gestures, articulation commands, and a center-console-mounted rotary controller. The standout accepted appearance accommodate Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Harman/Kardon complete system. Looking for an alike added able stereo? A Bowers & Wilkins bureaucracy can be had for added coin.
The 2021 X6 M hasn’t been evaluated by the National Artery Traffic Assurance Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS). However, every archetypal has copious driver-assistance technology such as blind-spot ecology and rear cross-traffic active as able-bodied as added options. Key assurance appearance include:
BMW’s bound and powertrain assurance is identical to alternatives from Audi and Mercedes-Benz. It additionally provides bigger adulatory appointed aliment compared with both brands, but it’s still not as acceptable as Jaguar’s coverage.
2020 BMW X6 M
VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback
BASE PRICE X6 M, $109,595; X6 M Competition, $118,595
ENGINE TYPE twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, absolute ammunition injectionDisplacement 268 in3, 4395 cm3Power 600 or 617 hp @ 6000 rpmTorque 553 lb-ft @ 1800 rpm