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2012 BMW X6 and X5 xDrive 35i Review

Monday March 26th, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

For: Stand Alone Looks, Opulent Front Cabin
Against: Bus-Like Steering,  Wheel Position

In contrast to their family-sized SUV, the X5, BMW considers the X6 to be a “personal” sports ute, meaning it’s designed primarily for two, with a nod to accommodating four in a pinch. You can thank the X6’ severely sloping roofline for the reduction in passenger (and cargo) carrying capacity. That fastback roof is not the only feature that differentiates the X6 from the X5. The X6 also sells for a substantially higher premium than its more utilitarian stablemate. Base price for the X6 we tested is $58,900, versus $48,095 for a comparable 3.0 liter turbocharged X5.

Of course, $58,095 is just the starting point for the X6, because you’ll want to personalize your ride with a host of pricey options. Ours had the following extras appended to its bottom line: Cold Weather Package for $750, Premium Package (Rear View Camera, Keyless Entry, 4-Zone Climate Control, Navigation) for $3,500, Premium Sound Package for $1,500, Sport Package (Adaptive Drive, 19 inch Alloys) for $4,600, Multi-Contour Seats for $950, and Technology Package (Auto Hi-Beams, Side View Camera and Head-Up Display) for $1,700. Throw in a few less consequential extras like a Space Saver Spare ($150) and Running Boards ($300) and you’vegot yourself a $73,825 vehicle.

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2010 BMW X6 M Review – Livin' la vida loca

Friday February 26th, 2010 at 8:22 AM
Posted by: berrichondanny

2010 BMW X6 M

By Danny Chang

Pros

  • Uncompromised styling
  • Power, oh there’s so much power
  • Sticks to the pavement better than bubblegum on the sole of your shoe

Cons

  • Uncompromising styling
  • Kills the Earth slowly with its 15 average MPG
  • Most people won’t know you spent $93-large on this

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First Impressions: 2010 BMW X6 M

Tuesday January 26th, 2010 at 11:11 AM
Posted by: twain

2010 BMW X6 M
By Twain Mein

Pros:

  • Ferocious power
  • Dynamic BMW handling
  • Merino leather seats cradle the passengers in luxurious comfort
  • Appeals to a niche market

Cons:

  • Barely acceptable rear cargo space
  • Limited view looking back through hatchback window
  • Head-up display is marginally useful

BMW calls the X6 a “sports activity vehicle”, distancing itself from the dowdy “sUv” as in “utility” moniker. And this particular X6 has the vaunted “M” classification, which means “motorsport” for BMW’s racing program. But what it should stand for is “Monster”. As this X6 M is a beast, reportedly faster around the legendary Nürburgring racetrack than BMW’s own smaller and lighter M3 and even quicker in the 0-60 sprint. In fact, according to Car and Driver, the X6 M pulls 0.92 g’s in the skid pad and hits 60 in just 4.3 seconds. Truly monstrous!

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2008 BMW X6 xDrive50i Review

Thursday July 10th, 2008 at 3:77 AM
Posted by: Derek

Recombinated

by John Matras
2008 BMW X6 xDrive50i
Modelers have a name for it: kit-bashing. It’s when parts from different model kits are combined to make something new. That’s exactly what BMW did to create the X6. Sorta.

BMW refers to the new 2008 BMW X6 as a Sport Activity Coupé (note the accent), much as it calls the X3 and X5, despite being sport utes, Sport Activity Vehicles. Compared to the body-on-frame construction typical of SUV’s when the X5 arrived, giving the X5 its own classification just seemed like the right thing to do. Besides, BMW simply couldn’t produce anything so prosaic as an SUV. What would the world be coming to?

What the world came to is the new BMW X6.

The BMW X6 is based on the X5’s SAV platform, shares the same suspension but with a slightly wider track. BMW describes the front suspension as a “double track control arm configuration applying the double joint principle for dynamic lateral acceleration, superior tracking stability and minimization of those forces acting on the steering wheel.” That’s hard to argue with.

The rear set up is a multilink arrangement designed to isolate suspension forces from the drivetrain while maintaining correct camber for optimum roadholding. If that’s a little too complex without a picture, it’s sufficient to say that BMW designed and built the suspension. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do.

Read more… (Click the link to read the full review of the BMW X6 on the Examiner.com)

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BMW X6 Concept Car

Wednesday November 21st, 2007 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: Derek

2008 BMW X6 xDrive 5.0i

2008 BMW X6 xDrive 5.0i

The BMW X6 concept, which was revealed at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, is the first offering in a new vehicle segment, the Sport Activity Coupe.

The design of the BMW X6 fuses the elegance of a sport coupe with the off road potential of a 4×4 platform.

Is it a SAV or a is it a sports sedan that likes to get down ‘n dirty? Continue reading the review of the BMW X6 and X6 M to decide for yourself.


Review: 2010 BMW X6 M – Livin’ la vida loca

By Danny Chang

Pros

  • Uncompromised styling
  • Power, oh there’s so much power
  • Sticks to the pavement better than bubblegum on the sole of your shoe

Cons

  • Uncompromising styling
  • Kills the Earth slowly with its 15 average MPG
  • Most people won’t know you spent $93-large on this

I remember the days when I was an unattached, stylin’, single male. It wasn’t long ago. My Infiniti G35 S was spanking new; the 18s with low profile Pirellis and the fresh tint job matched the 280 horses with just enough style for me to say, “kick ass!” every time I got behind the wheel. Life was full of possibilities and I wasn’t doing badly with the ladies. I lived 5 minutes from the beach in San Diego and it was sunny and 80 every single day. Life was good. Now I’m married with a mortgage payment, my wife just delivered our son, and my Infiniti’s got a baby seat in the back. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, nowhere near the beach, and it’s freezing cold and overcast all the time. What’s happened to my life? So when my editor called to ask whether I wanted to test drive the BMW X6 M one gloomy Wednesday afternoon, I was, in the words of the great AC/DC, thunderstruck. I jumped at the chance, cleared my calendar, and 24 hours later, I was behind the M-badged steering wheel and scaring little kids off the streets of San Jose.

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First Impressions: 2010 BMW X6 M

By Twain Mein

Pros:

  • Ferocious power
  • Dynamic BMW handling
  • Merino leather seats cradle the passengers in luxurious comfort
  • Appeals to a niche market

Cons:

  • Barely acceptable rear cargo space
  • Limited view looking back through hatchback window
  • Head-up display is marginally useful

BMW calls the X6 a “sports activity vehicle”, distancing itself from the dowdy “sUv” as in “utility” moniker. And this particular X6 has the vaunted “M” classification, which means “motorsport” for BMW’s racing program. But what it should stand for is “Monster”. As this X6 M is a beast, reportedly faster around the legendary Nürburgring racetrack than BMW’s own smaller and lighter M3 and even quicker in the 0-60 sprint. In fact, according to Car and Driver, the X6 M pulls 0.92 g’s in the skid pad and hits 60 in just 4.3 seconds. Truly monstrous!

read more


Recombinated

by John Matras

Modelers have a name for it: kit-bashing. It’s when parts from different model kits are combined to make something new. That’s exactly what BMW did to create the X6. Sorta.

BMW refers to the new 2008 BMW X6 as a Sport Activity Coupé (note the accent), much as it calls the X3 and X5, despite being sport utes, Sport Activity Vehicles. Compared to the body-on-frame construction typical of SUV’s when the X5 arrived, giving the X5 its own classification just seemed like the right thing to do. Besides, BMW simply couldn’t produce anything so prosaic as an SUV. What would the world be coming to?

What the world came to is the new BMW X6.

The BMW X6 is based on the X5’s SAV platform, shares the same suspension but with a slightly wider track. BMW describes the front suspension as a “double track control arm configuration applying the double joint principle for dynamic lateral acceleration, superior tracking stability and minimization of those forces acting on the steering wheel.” That’s hard to argue with.

read more
(Click the link to read the full review of the 2008 BMW X6 on Examiner.com)


(updated February 26, 2010)

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