World’s Fastest Car Show Tests BMW X6 M on a Racetrack
Twin-Turbo V-8, Electronic Aids Help the Sports Activity Coupe Get Drifty
The World’s Fastest Car Show premiered a new episode today, showing what happens when you take a 5,200-pound BMW X6 M to the track and ask it to do some hot laps. Surprisingly, host Justin Bell seemed to appreciate the big coupe’s performance as it drifted from corner to corner.
The BMW X6 M is one of the company’s most niche models, perhaps even more so than its electric and hybrid i3 and i8. As you know, the Sports Activity Coupe is a chop-top SUV that takes its bones from the X5 and adds a faster roofline (with the commensurate decrease in headroom and cargo space), and the M version takes the already-unusual X6 to a new plane in terms of performance.
With 567 horses coming from its twin-turbocharged 4.4L V-8, the X6 M routes formidable force through an eight-speed automatic to all four wheels. Torque is a similarly impressive 553 lb-ft, available between 2,200 and 500 rpm, which helps hustle the heavy SUV out of corners. Host Justin Bell could barely contain his excitement when drifting the X6 M over the racetrack’s curbing.
We’re not going to lie. We don’t see the point behind this kind of vehicle. It’s a strange intersection between coupe, SUV, and supercar, but without the coupe’s style or the SUV’s utility. However, based on Bell's evaluations during his time on the track, there’s no denying the X6 M’s supercar status.
Source: Motor Trend Channel