BMW X6 Review & First Drive
BMW X6 Overview
It is only when the world had come to terms with the correct definition of shapes of different types of vehicle, BMW shattered them all with an X6; a car that made a unique statement with its unconventionally styled exterior. The German manufacturer also coined a new term – Sports Activity Coupe for the X6 to position it in the most distinct way possible.With its muscular haunches and an athletic stance, the X6 already looked the part of a sporty beefed up being but then the M Motorsport division at BMW weren’t satisfied with all of that. Instead, they wrapped it with an angrier looking face, machined alloy wheels and also made the interiors look different than that of the standard model. But the main change was done under the hood with an M powered engine. Request a Test Drive for BMW X6 in Tryaldrive
BMW X6 Exterior
As you scan the BMW X6 pictures of the exteriors, you will notice the overgrown size. The front gets comprehensively tweaked front fascia featuring redesigned head lights in front flanking the reworked radiator grille. The bumper gets fog lights placed a tad high than the usual. Other than the fog lights, bumper also gets chrome garnished air-vents and faux skid plate. An under front spoiler is also equipped making the SUV look sportier. 19 inch, multi-spoke alloys are shod with all four tyres, the flexuous crease lines bring prominence to the side of the SUV. Body coloured outside rear view mirrors inset with LED turn indicators are placed on driver and co-passenger side. Bonnet is humongous, and roof lines cascading smoothly onto it notch up the outer appeal. Outside door handles are coloured in body colour. Roof meets seamlessly with the rear, a set of revised tail lights are fitted at the back, the black cladding equipped revised bumper appears sportier. Rear also gets rectangular shaped dual tail pipes.
BMW X6 Interior
The X6 is new on the inside too. Those of you familiar with BMW’s interior style sheet will find the cabin familiar. The more upright instrument binnacle, the double-deck outer vents and the more bulbous steering boss are all familiar BMW SUV details, but there’s enough new stuff to keep the cabin looking fresh. A wide band of chrome separates the top half of the dash from the lighter lower parts, detailing on the interiors is sumptuous with soft edges, and chrome highlights add to the sporty feel of the cabin.The new cabin also gets a much more useable rear seat, with better support and space. You can now seat three abreast in comfort. The new X6 also gets a pair of neatly trimmed kneepads for the driver. They flank the centre console to provide supportive leg-bracing when the cornering forces get large, preventing that typical pain in the knee you experience on hard driving.
Under the skin, the X6 M50d is also pretty special. Despite being one step down from a full M car, it gets plenty of bespoke hardware that makes it feel extra special from behind the wheel. The chassis of the standard car is a bit stiffer than the outgoing one. In addition, this full-time four-wheel-drive X6 also gets the so-called adaptive M Sport suspension, which firms up considerably in the Sport mode. Add in a dynamic pack and you also get active roll control and a rear axle that distributes the engine’s power to the rear wheel with the most grip.
BMW X6 Performance
Under the hood sits BMW’s most recent gem — a smooth, free-revving diesel six with not one, not two, but three turbos! The M50d’s 3.0-litre, triple-turbo straight-six produces 381bhp and commercial vehicle-like torque of 75.45kgm. All this is achieved because BMW has reduced the compression ratio of this diesel to just 16:1, really low considering few petrols nowadays come with a 12:1 ratio. The lower compression allows for greater ‘fill’ from the three turbos at maximum boost, and BMW has made sure injection pressure is good enough to supply plenty of diesel. The M50d’s injection pressure is upped to a really high 2,200bar when the engine is running at max speed.
How do the three turbos work together? To begin with, a small variable-geometry turbo comes in at low revs. This allows for fast responses and a reduction in lag as the light turbo is easy to spool up even with a small tap on the throttle. There is a hint of lag as you take off, but the quick eight-speed gearbox ratios help you overcome this in a jiffy. The larger main turbo joins the fray at just 1,500rpm, and takes responsibility for most of the meaty midrange. So, after 2,000rpm, responses are massive and explosive bursts of acceleration are just a flex of your right foot away. The third turbo is small again and chimes in at approximately 2,600rpm, helping give the mid range a boost. The best bit is that the turbos overlap so smoothly, you really need to pay attention to notice where each comes in, especially if you accelerate flat out in one long seamless pull all the way to 5,600rpm.As a result, the X6 M50d is really quick. This 2.2-tonne SUV does 0-100 in an insane 5.3 seconds, and that’s just the start of it. And the manic pull in the higher gears simply has to be experienced. The motor delivers huge thrust from 2,000rpm to 5,000rpm, and the manner in which it progresses up the powerband is so undiesel-like, you almost forget it is one. Yes, it growls like a diesel in the midrange under load and there’s a hint of clatter too, but there’s also a nice snarl in the top end that sounds just great. At speed, the X6’s most remarkable feature is its near-petrol-like hush.
On straight sections, the ride feels extremely planted as the Pirellis do a great job of gripping the tarmac. While everything is good about these sleek tyres, they aren’t the best when it comes to absorbing the roughness of the tarmac as the low profile tyres are meant only to enjoy high speed. The ride quality is equally confident while taking sharp turns at great speeds. Aiding that are the huge multi piston motorsport brakes which offer extreme bite making the vehicle come to a halt as and when required.The nimble throttle response of the X6M has to be its most impressive trait as it doesn’t matter what engine speed you are on, get on the throttle and the motor will surprise you by squeezing out the last available drop of torque, rescuing you out from a tricky situation. This one can surely hold its stance around the apex like a Boss. The engine lumbar past 100 kmph mark from stand still within 5.8 seconds. BMW X6 top speed is 240 kmph which is not very impressive but is good enough.
BMW X6 Safety
Among the safety features on offing six airbags, stability control, traction control, dynamic stability control including dynamic traction control, cornering brake control, side impact protection, engine vehicle immobilizer, crash sensor and hill descent control are included.
BMW X6 Cost in Mumbai
Bmw X6 Ex-Showroom Price in Mumbai ranges from 94,15,000/- (X6 xDrive 35i M Sport) to 1,77,70,000/- (X6 M STD). Get best offers for Bmw X6 from Bmw Dealers in Mumbai. Check for BMW X6 price in Mumbai at Carzprice
BMW X6 Conclusion
Clearly, the BMW X6M is not meant for everyone as there would be some acting cynical about the way it looks but there exists a sizeable audience who are in love with this spruced up SUV. Call it names like Sports Activity Coupe and what not but the only way to really connect with this car is by referring it as The Hulk. Till the time you don’t tease it, the X6M is calm and will try and act obedient but the moment you manage to get it angry, it unleashed its real self and that is where you realize what 750Nm thrown through all wheels mean.
Kindly do not confuse it for anything else as the X6M will not see much of off-road but more of smooth sailing tarmac. It is that type of a ride which can be a wingman to you when you hit a popular club. Overall, we would definitively recommend this, if you have an appetite for living an outlandish lifestyle.Tags: BMW