Production Cars 18 Dec 2007

Bmw has released the official images and information about the production X6 model, scheduled for debut at the 2008 Detroit Motor Show.

Previewed by the Concept X6 that debuted at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, the production X6 model will go on sale on May 2008.

From the official Press Release:

Bmw X6The new BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupé heralds the dawn of a new era in motoring. Never before have the elegant flowing lines of a coupé been combined with the powerful presence of a four-wheel drive model.

The BMW X6 is a unique proposition offering owners the safety and convenience of a command driving position with the on-road performance of a sports car, all wrapped in the svelte lines of a coupé.


The BMW X6 is the third X model to be launched by BMW. The four-seat BMW X6 is aimed at a different customer to X3 and X5 owners, appealing to the driver who enjoys the command driving position, but one that also savours the characteristics of a sports car.

Bmw X6The exterior design of the X6 is a bold statement of that customer intent. From the front, large air intakes positioned on the outer reaches of the front bumper highlight the cooling requirements of the high-performance engine. The contour of the central air intake, in addition, visually widens the car for a more sporting appearance.

From the side, the design and proportions are defined by the tapering roofline and long rear body overhang, which give the car a stretched coupé silhouette.

To accentuate this, the roofline reaches its highest point directly behind the steering wheel tapering off to the rear to emphasise the dynamic wedge shape of the car.

Flared wheel arches, standard 19-inch light-alloy wheels and a wide rear track all serve to underscore the vehicle’s sporting intent.

Technical Features

Bmw X6For the first time in BMW’s history, an entire model range is turbocharged with the X6 offering a quartet of forced induction powerplants.

The range flagship is an all-new twin-turbocharged V8 producing 408hp at 5,500rpm. The 4,395cc engine makes the BMW X6 xDrive50i the most powerful production X model BMW has ever produced.

Additional technical features include Brake Energy Regeneration, incorporating an Intelligent Alternator Control and an Absorbent Glass Mat battery to recycle previously lost energy, low friction transmission fluids and active aerodynamics to regulate air flow to the engine.

Reduced rolling resistance tyres featuring special heat resistant, anti-distortion materials in the tread and sidewalls lower emissions and improve fuel efficiency on the X6.

Bmw X6The xDrive four-wheel drive system si coupled with the Dynamic Performance Control, which makes its world debut on the BMW X6. Dynamic Performance Control works by spreading drive forces from side to side at the two rear wheels as required in a given situation, and it is able to provide its stabilising effect both under power and with the engine on overrun. 

The system works by detecting possible over- or understeer of the vehicle in, for example, a bend.

When this occurs Dynamic Performance Control will vary the distribution of drive forces between the wheels for perfect stability, dynamic traction, and forward motion.

This is achieved by transferring additional wheel speed to the outer rear wheel to push the car round the corner rather than applying brake force to the inner wheels as currently happens with traditional stability control systems.

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Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, Dynamic Performance Control, xDrive four-wheel drive, Dynamic Stability Control+, xenon headlights, front and rear Park Distance Control, Sports suspension and a six-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddles.

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Inside, standard equipment highlights include part electric seat adjustment, 6.5-inch colour display screen with iDrive controller, two-zone climate control and ISOFIX child seat attachments in the rear.

The X6 xDrive50i comes as standard with a different style of 19-inch alloy wheel, self-levelling rear suspension, angular exhaust tailpipes, a redesigned kidney grille and side window surround, and Nevada leather upholstery.

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Optional highlights of the X6 include BMW’s Adaptive Drive handling package, Active Steering, Head-up Display, Adaptive Headlights, High-beam Assistant, Reversing  Camera and four-zone climate control.

The BMW X6 launches in May, 2008 with the X6 xDrive30d, xDrive35i and xDrive35d. The X6 xDrive50i goes on sale later in the year. Prices for this model will be announced nearer the time.

BMW X6 – Model specifications


Price (UK)


Torque   Nm

Zero – 62mph Seconds
0 – 62

Top Speed mph


CO2 Emissions g/km

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*Fitted with Dynamic Package. ** Electronically-limited

(Source: BMW)

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