When the BMW X5 was first introduced it became a success quickly due to its ability to handle well on the road and to offer drivers the luxury they look for in a car. It also brought on competition from Porsche Audi and Volkswagen to produce their own luxury SUVâ€™s. In order to keep ahead of the game they followed with the X3 – which was a smaller version of the X5.
BMW is once again creating a new segment with the introduction of their all-new X6 â€œSports Activity Coupe.â€ While the current BMW X5 offers seating for up to seven, and the BMW X3 for five, the BMW X6 is designed to transport four with the highest level of on-road sport, luxury, and elegance. According to BMW, â€œthe new X6â€™s design combines the sporting elegance of a large BMW coupe with the powerful presence of a BMW X model.â€
The xDrive50i introduces a brand-new engine for BMW, the 4.4-liter twin-turbo 8-cylinder engine rated at 400 hp and 450 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is unique in that it is the first V-8 in the world to feature its turbochargers in the V-section between the two rows of cylinders, creating a particularly compact engine design. The xDrive35i will be powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine rated at 300 hp and 300 lb.-ft. of torque.
In addition to the twin turbochargers, both engines feature direct fuel injection for improved power, fuel economy, and reduced emissions, according to BMW. Both 6- and 8-cylinder powerplants are mated to a 6-speed sport automatic transmission. According to BMW, the xDrive50i accelerates to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. Equipped with the optional 20-inch wheels, the top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. EPA fuel economy estimates have not been released for either model, but BMW claims the 8-cylinder engine in the xDrive50i is the most fuel-efficient engine in its class.