2021 BMW X6 M Competition Is Sporty and Mascular
Last year in December I reviewed the 2020 BMW X4 M Competition, its harshness and beauty, now I want to take you one step further and talk about the X5 M and the X6 M Competition.
BMW, very present on the market of large overpowered SUVs, does honor to its reputation and unveiled its SUV and SUV Coupé X5 and X6 in ultra-sporty M Competition version. As usual, the pleasing approach is the big engine, wide air intakes and flashy wheels. After driving the 2020 X6 M Competition for a week I can say that this vehicle is as sporty as any other racing car.
Critics will say that the X5 M and X6 M are only good at driving in a straight line, well think again! Curiously, these two SUVs do not need rear steering wheels to follow the curves. BMW has meticulously worked on the running gear. In addition, the steering is of exemplary precision, it is as good as any GT or supercar .
With more than 600 hp, the new version of the V8 4.4 engine equipped with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology allows the X5 and X6 M Competition to accelerate strongly. Technical elements like suspensions and braking have been improved to allow them to handle the road better than ever.
Let's discover the new sports SUV and SUV Coupé of the German brand in 5 points.
2020 BMW X6 M Competition's Engine and Transmission
Under the hood of the two accomplices, there is a 4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower turbo V-8, 32 valve engine with variable valve control and high-precision direct injection. The engine has a higher power than previous models. The X5 and X6 M Competition thus deliver a power of 625 hp, 50 hp more than the previous version, and 55 lb-ft. This engine has no trouble moving an SUV that weights 5,600 lbs. The power is transmitted to the 4 wheels via a Sport automatic 8-speed transmission.
The BMW X6 M Competition accelerates slightly stronger than the X5 M Competition with a 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds against 3.9 seconds for the classic SUV. The maximum speed in my test vehicle was indicated at 200 miles per hour. That's unbelievably fast. But you can't use that in public roads.
Sharp Exterior Design
The new BMW X5 and X6 M Competition barter their massive rectangular exhausts for two double exits in black finish. The shields are more aggressive and the air intakes widened, the side vents are badged M and a diffuser takes place between the exhaust outlets. On the wheel side, M rims are offered as standard in 21 inches at the front and 22 inches at the rear.
A configuration button gives direct access to the engine, shock absorbents, power steering, M xDrive transmission and braking system settings. In addition to the automatic Road, Sport and Track settings, two customization setting programs can be activated from the steering wheel.
The Pricing of the 2020 BMW X6 M Competition
This beautiful SUV was first revealed at the 2019 Los Angeles auto Show with a starting price of $117,600. When you add Drivers Assistance ro Pkg, Executive package, M Competition package and all the components that come with it the price of the X6 M Competition just to $129,795. The price of the X6 M Completion is quite high, but this is not a surprise. I can critique the comfort on board, but BMW doesn't pretend to make this SUV comfortable. Admittedly, adaptive suspensions are configurable, but make no mistake, this SUV remains too firm overall.
On the highway, of course you won't notice much, everything works pretty well. But when the road gets a little worse, you have to have a good stomach. The passengers feel absolutely all the imperfections of the road; it is really not practical and pleasant for daily use.
BMW has always emphasized dynamism. With the X5 M and X6 M, it's more than that, especially since these SUVs are very easy to handle. To top it off, the interior of these SUVs is sporty, but also very luxurious. On the photo below, you can see the cockpit of the X6 M. Here you are sitting slightly lower than in the X5 M, and there are small differences in the door panels.
Whether in one or the other, the finish of the 2020 X6 M Competition's interior is exemplary. The materials are very good and the seats are very enveloping (too enveloping, I would say). The rear space is good, but it is not as large as that of the competitors. The Audi RS Q8, for example, offers more, as does the Porsche Cayenne. Finally, the loading volume of the trunk is unchanged compared to standard models. It's spacious.. The 2020 X6 M Competition's cargo volume is 20.5 ft³, 54 ft³ with seat area.
A sporty SUV of this size will come with a hefty fuel usage. The 2020 BMW X6 M Competition gets 13 miles in a city and 18 miles on a highway driving with 15 miles combined city/highway. it spends 6.7 gallons per 10 miles and EPA estimates that the owners will spend $8,750 more in fuel costs over 5 years compared to the average new vehicle.
BMW M has already sold more than 20,000 units of each of the two previous generations! The race for power is probably not over. There is a market in which people search for powerful sporty SUVs. Competitors of the 2020 X6 M Competition are the likes of Audi Sport with the RS Q8 or Mercedes-AMG with the GLE 63. Let us not forget also the Lamborghini Urus and the Aston Martin DBX.
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