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BMW’s new X6M Competition, like its close relative the X5M Competition, now features the 625HP V8 engine from the M8 and the latest in BMW Connected technologies. Performance is stunning, yet this is no cramped coupé. We see it as a modern grand tourer: swift and luxurious, yet with all-wheel drive and decent ground clearance.
The X6M is BMW at its boldest, from the dramatic illuminated BMW grille to the aggressive body kit, flared wheel arches, quad exhaust and rear spoiler. Bicolour alloy wheels are 21” diameter at the front and 22” at the rear, there’s a BMW M air vent behind the front wheels and the interior features M multifunctional seats and an M multifunctional steering wheel. Don’t be misled by the sleek coupé roofline – it’s still a 4/5-seater with ample headroom in the rear.
For the X6M Competition, BMW’s 4.4-litre V8 gets an M division makeover to 625HP and 750Nm of torque. The power goes to all four wheels via an eight-speed transmission, with BMW xDrive sensors sending most of the power rearwards until tyres break traction. 0-62mph takes just 3.8 seconds, 0-124mph a mere 13.2 seconds and top speed is electronically limited to 155mph. Compared with other X6 models the X6M Competition gains Adaptive M suspension Professional, an uprated active differential and large vented disc brakes with front six-piston callipers.
The standard specification of the X6M Competition includes BMW Live Cockpit Professional and Connected Package Professional, so there’s little anyone would need to add. The technology includes a ‘Hey BMW’ Alexa-style personal assistant, connected navigation, real-time traffic updates, Apple CarPlay preparation and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Concierge Services connects you to a BMW Call Centre agent 24/7 and you can remotely access your BMW via the BMW Connected app.
BMW Emergency Call and cruise control with braking function are all part of the standard specification, as are the BMW Active Protection systems which include approach control warning, rear cross-traffic warning, lane change warning, lane departure warning and rear collision prevention. More autonomous assistance systems such as Lane Change assistant and evasion aid come with the optional Driving Assistant Professional.
Verdict: the engineers and designers of BMW’s M division have turned the X6 into a super-SUV. The X6M Competition can out-accelerate most sports cars, hold almost as much as many boxy estates and it stands out from the crowd like a falcon in a budgie cage. If you desire a supercar but need a four-door, you can now enjoy the best of both worlds.