2012 BMW X6 | new car review

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 by

The is one of the newest cars to come out of the German brand’s stable. The X6 received mixed reactions when it was first displayed at the 2007 Frankfurt motor show. It is sold as a SAV (sports activity vehicle) and says it successfully merges the size and the abilities of a SUV with the handling and visual characteristics of a coupe.

The BMW X6 received a few cosmetic and interior changes for 2012. The X6 commands some serious space on the road, but even with its significant hulk it is still only a four-seater; again it’s more about making a big and bold styling statement, rather than building a car that is large on the outside, just to be spacious on the inside.

But, those four passengers that are lucky enough to be riding inside the X6 will be very well looked after; this is a luxury crossover SUV, after all. Customarily BMW interiors are quite minimalist, but what they lack in pure opulence, they make up for in attention to detail and top-level fit and finish.

Along with the latest, most inviting interiors, state-of-the-art chassis and suspension set-ups and a new era in automotive design, BMW have also really gone to town on the X6 power-plants, and interestingly it’s back to the days of turbocharging. And that’s all good for fans of super-smooth torque and effortless grace.

The XDrive35i is powered by a 3-litre, straight-six, twin-turbo, petrol engine making 306bhp and 400Nm of torque, while the towering, range-topper gets the real deal 4.4-litre, V8, petrol engine, also with two turbos and pumping out a whooping 407bhp and 600Nm of torque. Both variants get a automatic 6-speed transmission.

You also get a mind numbing M version that produces 555bhp from the same 4.4-litre twin turbo engine as in the xDrive50i.

Standard safety features include six airbags, ABS, traction control and an improved version of traction control called Dynamic Performance Control.

Specifications

Price:
xDrive: AED 370,000 – AED 470,000
X6 M: AED 525,000

Engine

3-litre inline-6 twin-turbo
Max power:
306bhp at 5800rpm
Max torque: 400Nm at 1300 – 5000rpm

4.4-litre V8 twin-turbocharged
Max power:
407bhp
Max torque: 600Nm

4.4-litre twin turbo
Max power:
555bhp
Max torque: 680Nm

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