The 2017 BMW X6 M isn't an SUV. Yes, it sits up high like an SUV. It's brawny like an SUV. And it's bigger than it needs to be like an SUV. But then there's the tail that slopes down and virtually wipes out the cargo room — unlike an SUV. And in the engine bay is a twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V8 that screams out of BMW's M division with 567 horsepower. That's not an SUV powerplant.
Give BMW credit. The company doesn't call the X6 M an SUV. To BMW the X6 is a "Sports Activity Coupe" and the M part is just more of everything. What sport? What activity? What coupe? Hey, not all vehicles have an appeal that can be rationally ordered in a list.
Throw the X6 M on a test track and the performance is flat astounding. Think a zero-to-60-mph time of about 4.0 seconds, think road holding that approaches a full 1g on a skidpad and brakes that could stop the rotation of the planet. And it weighs over 5,000 pounds, too.
The horsepower number gets the headlines. But the real trick to this monster's abilities is a combination of the 553 pound-feet of torque it produces down low in the engine's rev range, the eight-speed automatic transmission that makes sure all that torque is available and the all-wheel-drive system that splits all that torque up between the four wheels for maximum thrust. Finally, the simply enormous 285/35R21 front and 325/30R21 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires it wears help, too. The X6 M rides like the performance machine it is. Not like the softie that many buyers may prefer.
But what holds the X6 M back most profoundly is that sloping roof and its compromised cargo-carrying ability and rear-seat headroom. BMW, though, has an answer for that in the form of the X5 M, which is many ways the same vehicle with a more practical roof line. And although the X5 M has a higher roof, it carries a sticker price a few thousand bucks lower.
Vehicles this big, heavy and powerful aren't destined to get great fuel mileage. So the X6 M's 16 mpg combined (14 city/19 highway) EPA fuel economy rating doesn't come as a surprise. And compared to, say, a Gulfstream business jet, that’s a great number.
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2017 BMW X6 M Overview
The 2017 BMW X6 M is offered in the following submodels: SUV. Available styles include 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). X6 M models are available with a 0-liter gas engine, with output up to 0 hp, depending on engine type. The 2017 X6 M comes with all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2017 X6 M comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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Review I purchased a new X6M in February 2017 from Schomp BMW in Highlands Colorado. This car has had numerous problems, including the air-conditioning not working properly, Apple car play issues and finally brakes noise. Although I have gotten all of the other items corrected, the brakes continue to be a unacceptable situation. My brakes on this X6M sound like they are on a truck. The squeal most of the time when braking and vary in loudness, most of the time unbearable. You can?t drive with the windows down or the top open, as the car sounds horrible. I have had it in at least 4 times for this problem. I have been told things like you have to ?dog" the brakes to make them work right which is ridiculous and absurd. I have owned lots of high performance car, Corvettes, Porsches, Range Rovers and Mercedes. I expected more from BMW quality and service and have been sadly disappointed. For a product that I thought was "top of the line? in performance and excellence, this has been a big disappointment.
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2017 bmw x6-m 4dr SUV AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required) 16 combined MPG 14 city MPG/19 highway MPG
What options are available on the 2017 BMW X6 M?
Available BMW X6 M 2017 Submodel Types: SUV
Available BMW X6 M 2017 Trims: Base
Exterior Colors: Black Sapphire Metallic, Mineral White Metallic
Interior Colors: Bamboo Beige Extended Merino premium leather, Black Extended Merino premium leather, Black premium leather
Popular Features: AWD/4WD, Alarm, Audio and cruise controls on steering wheel, Auto Climate Control, Automatic Emergency Braking, Aux Audio Inputs, Bluetooth, Electronic Folding Mirrors, Fold Flat Rear Seats, Heated seats, Leather Seats, Multi-Zone Climate Control, Navigation, Parking sensors, Post-collision safety system, Power Driver Seat, Power Liftgate/Trunk, Rear Bench Seats, Stability Control, Sunroof/Moonroof, Tire Pressure Warning, Trip Computer, USB Inputs, Upgraded Headlights, 2nd Row Bucket Seats, 6000lb Towing Capacity, Back-up camera, Cooled Seats, Heads up display, Keyless Entry/Start, Rear Entertainment System, Upgraded Stereo
Engine/Mechanics: 8 cylinders
Fuel Types: premium unleaded (required)
Drivetrains: all wheel drive
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