Performance SUV will feature a 4.4-litre V8 borrowed from the M5; X6 range will also include 400bhp M50d

BMW’s new X6 M performance SUV-coupé has been spotted, with the M5’s 4.4-litre V8 under the bonnet for an anticipated output of 600bhp or more.

It will top the range of the third-generation X6, which is expected to make its bow at the Shanghai motor show next April. 

Production will remain at BMW’s Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, US, where prototypes are already being built for testing. A regular X6 prototype was also spotted on the same outing as the pictured X6 M. 

The X6 range will kick off with xDrive30d and xDrive40d variants, although a greater petrol-powered offering is expected. xDrive40i, 50i and 45e versions will make up the rest of the range, with the notable addition of the plug-in hybrid. 

M Performance M50d and M50i variants are also planned as BMW proliferates its M sub-brand, although the M50i petrol might not be offered in Europe, as it's geared towards the US market. 

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The M50d will be powered by a quad-turbo 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine producing more than 400bhp. 

All engines will be shared with the mechanically similar new X5. Like the X5, the new X6 will be based on BMW’s CLAR platform, with double wishbone front suspension and five-link rear suspension. Air suspension will be an option. 

Compared with the previous X6, the roofline will be less coupé-like than before, with a more steeply angled tailgate. At the front, the car will follow the lead of the X5 in adopting the mono-kidney grille. The overall design draws heavily on that of the smaller X4 SUV-coupé, though. 

Inside, the new X6 will be almost identical to the X5, with BMW’s new seventh-generation iDrive infotainment system featuring. 

The X5 and new Mercedes-Benz GLE both made their first appearances at the Paris motor show earlier this week, meaning timings for the X6 and its most direct rival, the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé, are likely to be very similar.

The GLE Coupé will get AMG 53 and 63 variants that are expected to closely match the M-tuned X6 models for performance. 

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4 October 2018

will make one stand in the queues so much faster!

4 October 2018

 600bhp, quite a sizeable power figure,and in a large SUV, the question is, is that too much?

Peter Cavellini.

4 October 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 600bhp, quite a sizeable power figure,and in a large SUV, the question is, is that too much?

 

No Peter Captain Obvious Spam Your Name Everywhere Cavellini. With 4 Wheel drive, it isn't. Thanks for yet another yawn inspiring inane comment though.

4 October 2018
Luap wrote:

Peter Cavellini wrote:

 600bhp, quite a sizeable power figure,and in a large SUV, the question is, is that too much?

  Move On Read Other News......

 

No Peter Captain Obvious Spam Your Name Everywhere Cavellini. With 4 Wheel drive, it isn't. Thanks for yet another yawn inspiring inane comment though.

Peter Cavellini.

4 October 2018

For the wives of people with too much money and no self-awareness.

4 October 2018
James Dene wrote:

For the wives of people with too much money and no self-awareness.

Zzzzzzzzzz

4 October 2018
James Dene wrote:

For the wives of people with too much money and no self-awareness.

Dude, ignore the Brexit-voting petrol heads... your penchant for 75hp B segment shopping trolleys will serve you well when your smug liberal friends discuss environmental activism at their next soirée!

4 October 2018

That's a lot of go for a car that has had such a bruising encounter with the ugly stick.

Citroëniste.

4 October 2018
Bob Cholmondeley wrote:

That's a lot of go for a car that has had such a bruising encounter with the ugly stick.

In what way is a car's appearance relevant when considering the appropriateness, or otherwise, of its engine's power output?

4 October 2018

M for minging.  That thing is awful.  M is also for morons, who are the only people who'd buy one of those instead of an M5.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

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