BMW X5 – X6 M Competition in the first test

Driving report BMW X5 / X6 M Competition

Western from yesterday: BMW builds the last muscle cars

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  • Site editor Sebastian Viehmann

The AutoTelt expects the electrical turn. But it doesn’t just come overnight in countries like the USA. BMW celebrates successes with its M-Sparte-with a simple concept: classic petrol power power without limit.

The balancing act that BMW wants to put down is brave. In addition to new electrical models such as the i4 and the IX3, the Munichers want to stick to the combustion engine as long as possible in other models as long as possible. BMW development chief Klaus FrOhlich announced that it would also want to build diesel and petrol engines at least 20 to 30 years in parallel to the group’s electrical drives . Tesla boss Elon Musk would probably be laughing on the ground with such an announcement. He knows about the technological dominance of his company in the electric drive and driving autonomous.

BMW is the last dinosaur brand?

It remains to be seen whether BMW soon represents the pure electric teaching as the true winner as the purified dinosaurs smaller or in the end with its flexible strategy. It can be assumed that models such as the double pack of BMW X5 m / x6 m as well as the direct competition from Lamborghini Urus, Mercedes AMG GLE 63 or Audi RS Q8 are the last of their kind without plugs or hybrid module.

The fact is: A look at the streets, especially in the USA as one of the most important BMW markets, shows that electric cars are still the big exception outside of the "green" California. The rule are classic pickups and SUV. When something is going out, then it is small cars and limousines.

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Cattle man A wide back can also delight: BMW X6 M Competition

X5 and X6 are sales charms for BMW

In any case, the BMW m division does not need to complain about a lack of paragraph. The group’s sales of the group’s sports models increased by 32 percent last year. Important sales charm In addition to limousines and coupes, the inflated versions of X5 and X6 were. The powerful petrol engines of the M-Sparte are the most important sales argument for the Bavarian cars: a 4.4 liter large V8 turbo engine with 460 kW / 625 hp is the spearhead of the Munich Muscle Cars.

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An engine that still allows emotions

Even when the beefy X6 M Competition starts, it becomes clear why the sterile electrical world of a Tesla would be very difficult to compatible with the BMW m-division. If you press the red start button, the rumbling of the V8 engine sounds, which is of course less pushy compared to classic US night cylinders. The switchable flap exhaust does not change much. When accelerating, you have to keep the foot in the bridle at first so that the 2.3 ton SUV does not start to start like a rodeo bull to which you missed a steroid injection.

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During the trip you first sort the various setting options: engine, chassis, steering, braking, all -wheel drive – all components can be finished in two or three different stages from "Comfort" to "Sport Plus". An “ecro” mode as in the other petrol, diesel and electrical models from BMW are consistently missing. What should you do with it in a two-ton 625 hp SUV? Savings programs in cars such as the X6 m are just as much a self-fraud as the illusion that you can really always operate your Tesla with green electricity .

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However, one thing becomes clear at the first kilometers: Even in the comfort mode of the chassis you don’t get the X6 m soft. It is so hard on the street that you can count every single transverse joint of the street. In the X5 m, which we also tested, there is a little more comfortable despite the identical engine output.

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The setting of the steering – more or less direct – and the brakes – faster gripping or a little softer with more pedal path – is rather secondary. The setting of the XDrive all -wheel drive is more relevant. In sports mode, the torque distribution is varied in favor of the rear wheels. You could even drift with the car in a controlled manner if you are on the race track. Incidentally, there is a "track" mode for this, in which most driving aids are completely switched off.

In track mode for the monster drift

The extreme stability of the heavy SUV in fast curves is really remarkable. In addition to the adaptive chassis with fabric stabilization, various cathedral and diagonal struts in the front car as well as reinforced wishbones ensure that make the car exceptionally torsed up for an SUV.

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Cattle man BMW X6 M Competition

The rule of thumb applies in the X6: Before the car feels only a centimeter of your knees, the tires whine like a loving cat due to a lack. If the M GmbH only builds an electric racer in the future, it can at least use its chassis know-how well-the battery cars in large SUVs are in no way inferior to weight.

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So you chase the X6 around the curves with full power and keep the motor on a mood with quick changes of the eight-speed automatic power, the gear oil of which is cooled to be on the safe side. Incidentally, the automatic makes the engine mercilessly in manual mode in the speed limiter without interval in. The V8 aggregate puts 750 Newton meters onto the crankshaft, the full power is ready from 1800 tours thanks to the TwinTurbo charging and only gradually says goodbye from 5600 tours. 3.9 seconds for the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h, it is settled at 250 km/h – or when the "M Driver’s Package" was booked only at 290 km/h.One word about consumption: In the technical data sheet, the number is 12.5 liters per 100 kilometers. If you move the car as it should be for him, it is best to place the number directly on the bookshelf next to "Grimm’s fairy tale". But if in doubt, there is no poor at the petrol station.

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While the BMW M3 / M4 is a real sports car, the X5 / X6 M Competition is rather the equivalent to a classic muscle car: a huge power package, squeezed into an actually inappropriate body. Of course, with the difference that a Hemi V8 engine in a mid-range car from 1970 was a guarantee that the car could only be accelerated straight away, while ambitious curves meant safe death. At BMW, on the other hand, even a 2.3-ton tumor becomes the manageable driving machine, in which the borders are set solely by the tires that will be declining at some point.If the inflated BMW is now the western of yesterday or it will also find his friends in times of e-car? Probably the latter, especially since the M division represents a niche despite the sales success for BMW. In the United States, the exhaust gas regulations still leave enough scope, so that hybridization of the drive train is not necessary for the time being.

A lot is still possible in the USA

In the EU with the world’s sharpest exhaust gas and especially the CO2 regulations, this is not so easy. If you still want a real muscle car, you may have the last chance. So that the Power SUV does not mess up the BMW CO2 fleet balance-it is still so good across the entire model range, despite the models such as the X6 M only offered the expensive competition variant. So the motto is less western from yesterday, but rather: completely or not at all.The author traveled at the manufacturer’s invitation

Type BMW X6 M Competition
engine TwinTurbo-V8 petrol engine
Displacement (cm3) 4395
Performance in PS (KW) at U/Min-1 625 (460) at 6000
Max. Torque (nm) at UMin-1 750 Nm at 1800 rpm
Speed (km/h)
Acceleration 0-100 km/h (sec.))) 3.8
transmission 8 Gang Steptronic Automatic
drive Permanent all -wheel drive, active rear axle differential
Fuel Super Plus
Consumption EU third mix (L/100 km) 12.5
CO2 emissions (g/km) 284
Length (mm) 4941
width (mm) 2019
Height (mm) 1693
Weight, manufacturer-
Specification (KG)
Max. Payload (kg) 705
Price (euro) 144.200.00 €
Exhaust gas standard Euro 6 D Temp

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15 thoughts on “BMW X5 – X6 M Competition in the first test”

  1. Who worldwide …
    -The balancing act that BMW wants to put down is brave. In addition to new electric models such as the i4 and … In other models, the Munich want to hold the IX3 on the internal combustion engine as long as possible.- … Wants to sell cars, must have combustion engines in the program!

  2. Aha,
    @Mr. Glass: If you become a little thin -skinned ? The comparison with the coffin nail is already lagging something, or ? One should simply be across the limits of little Germany "can look". Only here with us there is such a panic meter ! Problem No. 1 is the rapid growth of mankind, which NAT also requires corresponding resources. You can’t really ignore this, although no politician appeals to this. In contrast, the politically made vehicle-e hype in Germany is actually ineffective for the world climate. You are welcome to judge and drive what you want. Me, and many others, will do this too. For them there are more playing fields, how. Z. BSP: trucks, container shipping, aircraft….It’s going to do something !

  3. Aha,
    nice that there are also citizens with a sense of reality. We will neither influence the climate nor save the world with our e-car religion. It’s good that in most countries it doesn’t matter what you drive. The burner will probably survive the euro, it really doesn’t need it… BMW: Keep it up ! VW: What about the idled – when do they drive ?

  4. Yes indeed,
    Long live the PSprotzerei ! The cart must be evil and aggressive and as big as possible ! Sprit drinking without end, because it doesn’t matter and the world breaks anyway because everyone thinks that way ! The reality is: the world can keep our bigger, faster, not long, that is the reality !!! We won’t save anything with a Mr. Hahn, very clear that you are a coffin nail for this world

  5. "The world awaits the electric end"
    that will not come in the form, so the world is not expecting anything, but continues to buy burners – the turn of the media is expected to look for headlines … PS: Exceptions: Considered private companies fleet and taxpayers cost "cared for" municipalities….

  6. When I was a boy…
    Just learned to read, inquired about every book…There was a great work with the title "future". Interestingly, there were about approx. 50 years of the same goals as today. What gave hope to the approach at the time (electronics, genetic engineering, material research…) is often a reality today – but science fiction remained fiction – I count the comprehensive electrification of private transport, the restrictions have largely remained the same. Some people are so blind and vocalty?

  7. Last muscle cars?
    These are not the last, this year M versions M3 and M4 will come, and in a few years new M5 will come. BMW wants to build burners for 30 years, so stay relaxed. In the next few years it will also come as a hybrid, which will drive every Tesla in the ground and have enough electrical Medelle for Greta younger and our politics. Will emigrate to a free country, for example, to retire to a free country, where I can heat with fireplace and fill up with an X6m cheaply, without patronizing through politics, without chatting for sustainability. In parliament you pretend that the climate can be changed, with population growth neither CO2 can be reduced, nor can the climate be influenced.

  8. Fun cars
    This is how you can call the SUV and pickups. But something like that should no longer exist in Deu; In the USA already. With such a SUV over Gravel Roads through the Arizona desert or the mountains Wyomings where you do not hire a settlement and no human being, it’s great. But with an e mobile not feasible in view of the risks suddenly not to get any further in the wilderness and not always to be able to call help.

  9. 7.5 Tonner Camping Mobil
    does not make sense or fun to drive away from the other streets in the United States. If you don’t use an Unimog right away.

  10. The market
    it just regulates. And that’s just as well. Free market for free citizens. It’s good that not everyone submits to the supposedly politically correct mainstream.

  11. Funny
    Anyone who speaks of the turnover turns exposed himself as an eco -dreamer.The number of admissions speak a completely different language and the carmakers listen to them.I drive over 100km every day and always see the innovation behind a diesel truck as a truck twitch.Thus, the realistic range will decrease even further when forbidden by the combustion engine and without this self -fraud.If you stand behind your euto, you should stop driving a truck after and stop selling this as a flawless solution.Even the Site Auto Save cannot do anything except Eautos and exhaust gas affairs.Where are the technical reports of new developments in the combustion engine or synthetic strength and additives?All a great hype of people from physics& Technology have little idea

  12. @KOpnick
    A classic KOpnick!Set your own driving profile/lifestyle as an absolute standard.Yes, your knowledge of technology/physics is limited by the public legal program, because I have taken this to the grain earlier.Your emotional reaction to my comment shows that in my eyes you are exactly the typical Efahrer sund.Family abroad?Living on the country, 170km commute every day? Ridiculous

  13. Mr. Reh…
    It would be enough for the next 40 years to drive a burner. Bravo, you are a real role model. Hopefully it will be really expensive. But take a look at the progress in the technology sector. 13 years ago the iPhone was a sensation. Shortly we will have easy to use e -cars, sustainable batteries, a sensible speed limit and, 40 years later – read "2052, a forecast for the next 40 years from the Club of Rome" will probably be a bit more sensible and start not to devastate the planet for itself and its descendants. Man must rethink. And listen to science, instead of discussing in small snacks and without an overview. Because that’s what regular tables…

  14. Oh
    We have to rethink, we have to be more sustainable…U.S.W says who? What gives a minority to blind OKO idealists the right to forced the rest of the world their will to forced ? Neither Greta nor FFF nor the Greens have to say how the rest of the world has to live. I’ve been driving diesel for 30 years, buying with plastic bags, and flying on vacation. I continue that too.


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