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      04-12-2011, 10:06 AM   #1
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It has been quite a while since we've seen a review of the X6 M, which was released to much acclaim from the automotive press. Motor Trend now chimes in with their first test drive review, and they echo what many have said before them, calling the experience "maniacal" and its engineers "nutty." Here are some of our favorite quotes from the FULL REVIEW:





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A BMW executive takes a large lump of money and a small lump of hallucinogens and hands both to a group of engineers with the following instruction: "Go nuts." Sometime later -- after the passing of key statutes of limitations -- the BMW X6 M appears.
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Driving it quickly is a maniacal experience. The rate at which the X6 M accelerates from a turn is best not to think about, because you're already overshot the next corner by the time you've computed it. Stomping the left pedal is akin to throwing a parachute, and, once you've shed enough speed, turning in presents a nimbleness that simply defies logic.
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Nevertheless, you're laughing the entire time, because it doesn't make sense. It's Heath Ledger's Joker placing a pen on the table and asking, "How 'bout a magic trick?"
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...we should celebrate the X6 M's madness. It's more appropriate for "Monty Python's Flying Circus" than reality, and yet here it is.

Stay nutty, engineers, stay nutty...

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      04-13-2011, 07:39 AM   #2
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What else can they expect is an M!!!!!
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I would love to drive one...
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0-60 in 4.0 and the 1/4 mile in 12.5!!!!!!! Very impressive.
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If the X6m does those numbers with the TTV8....The M5 being over 1000lbs lighter will be devastating!!
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I drove one at an M event and let me tell you maniacal definitely is understating it. I stomped on the left pedal! wrrommp wrrrroommp my head pinned to the headrest, trying to upshift but my head keeps hitting the headrest! I couldn't shift gears myself that's how fast the darn thing was.

Indeed M engineers...Stay Nutty
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If the X6m does those numbers with the TTV8....The M5 being over 1000lbs lighter will be devastating!!
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Best part of the trip to pick up my x6 at the performance center was when I got out on the track, one of the instructors told me: we don't have an x6 for you to drive today...so we got you an x6M. I am sure they play this trick with everyone who comes to pick up x6 there...
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If the X6m does those numbers with the TTV8....The M5 being over 1000lbs lighter will be devastating!!
Can't wait!!
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I drove one at an M event and let me tell you maniacal definitely is understating it. I stomped on the left pedal! wrrommp wrrrroommp my head pinned to the headrest, trying to upshift but my head keeps hitting the headrest! I couldn't shift gears myself that's how fast the darn thing was.

Indeed M engineers...Stay Nutty
You should try the RIGHT pedal - even better!
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If the X6m does those numbers with the TTV8....The M5 being over 1000lbs lighter will be devastating!!
Yeah buddy!
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I have yet to see a single x6 on the road beautiful car though!
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You should try the RIGHT pedal - even better! [/quote]

He was referring to the clutch, not the brake...
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He was referring to the clutch, not the brake...
ummm.. the M SUV's are all automatics. There is no clutch
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I have yet to see a single x6 on the road beautiful car though!
Oddly, you dont' see a lot of X6's in Toronto but the ones I have seen were all M variants in alpine whites and melbourne red.
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If the X6m does those numbers with the TTV8....The M5 being over 1000lbs lighter will be devastating!!
over 1,000 lbs lighter?

X6 35i weighs 4,784 lbs, 535i weighs 4,090 lbs, difference is 694 lb.

The real question will be how much weight does the M5 gain over the 535i (bigger engine will add 100-200 pounds) but what about other things? For instance the X6M weighs 5,324 pounds, 540 more than the X6 35i! I guess you could be correct if BMW limits the M5 weight gain to ~250 over the 535i but that will be tough.

On a brighter note, the X6M uses a 6 speed automatic, if the M5 uses a 7 speed and newer transmission that might also shave a little time off.

I think this thing should be under 3.9 seconds for sure, maybe even as good as 3.7, sorry CTS-V, you lose!
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Let's not forget that the x6m is awd, so it should be a wash.
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In the article they state the X6m weighs 5100 lbs.

Dr. Segler has alread stated the new M5's weight will be close to the out going model which was 4000lbs.
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I know the X5 and X6 M have massive engines but when you look at something of that size (or any SUV really), it doesn't look like it would push mid-four second times but exactly four seconds? That's a serious engine! With all the bashing going on with the F10 M5, I'm very anxious to see what numbers that it pulls in around the track.
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ooooppps i meant right one! but u get my drift
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lol, funny
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