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(from BMW Group Press
Release) THE FIRST-EVER BMW X6 SPORTS ACTIVITY COUPE: BMW's All-New
X6 xDrive35i and X6 xDrive50i Make World Debuts at Detroit Auto Show
Woodcliff Lake, NJ - December 15, 2007, 6PM EST... BMW will once
again introduce a ground-breaking idea to the world and the creation
of a new segment with the debut of its all-new X6 Sports Activity
Coupe at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show in January. The all-new vehicle
redefines the very notion of a coupe -- with five doors and four
sculpted seats, a higher ride and loads of cargo space. It defies
coupe conventions in one jaw-dropping look, combining coupe agility
and SAV versatility, taking the coupe to a higher level.
As the world's first Sports Activity Coupe, the BMW X6 will be
available in two engine variants: the xDrive50i (4.4 V8 engine, 400
hp, 450lb.-ft torque) and the xDrive35i (3.0 inline six-cylinder
engine, 300 hp, 300 lb.-ft torque), both with Twin Turbo and direct
injection. The BMW X6 offers unique features and performance ability
in a combination unmatched by any other vehicle. The new BMW X6's
design combines the sporting elegance of a large BMW Coupe with the
powerful presence of a BMW X model.
The BMW X6 comes as standard with BMW's intelligent xDrive
all-wheel-drive technology with electronic control for variable
distribution of drive power between the front and rear axles,
consistently adjusted to driving conditions at all times and in all
Featured for the first time as standard in the BMW X6, Dynamic
Performance Control likewise ensures variable distribution of drive
forces between the two rear wheels. Dynamic Performance Control
incorporates an advanced computer control and an innovative rear
differential incorporating two planetary gearsets and two clutch
packs that enables the system to multiply torque on an individual
rear wheel. The result is that Dynamic Performance Control can help
steer the vehicle by directing torque to either of the rear wheels.
Unique the world over, this cutting-edge technology is effective
whether the driver is accelerating or decelerating and significantly
enhances steering precision and, as a result, the agility of the
vehicle at any speed. In fast corners with abrupt steering maneuvers
or with the driver suddenly releasing the gas pedal, Dynamic
Performance Control serves to improve the stability of the entire
vehicle, thus allowing the driver to safely enter and enjoy new
dimensions of driving dynamics. Finally, on slippery or uneven
surfaces, Dynamic Performance Control provides the further advantage
of even safer and more stable traction.
The new V8 engine with Twin Turbo technology and direct gasoline
injection, is likewise making its world debut in the BMW X6.
Displacing 4.4 liters, this eight-cylinder with maximum engine
output of 400 hp and peak torque of 450 lb-ft available over an
unusually large range of engine speed from 1,800-4,500 rpm, is the
most powerful engine ever seen in a BMW X Model.
The new eight-cylinder is indeed truly impressive not only through
its outstanding thrust and pulling force, but also through its
compact dimensions. For this is the first eight-cylinder gasoline
engine in the world to feature its turbocharger in the V-section
between the two rows of cylinders.
Hence, the BMW Sports Activity Coupe is an absolutely exceptional
vehicle also beyond the direct range of BMW X Model competitors,
ensuring unparalleled performance in all situations, regardless of
road and surface conditions.
Unique design: dynamic line, powerful presence.
In its design, the BMW X6 definitely offers all the DNA of a genuine
BMW X Model, interpreted however, in a brand-new, extremely sporting
style. Indeed, the design language of this new model is the
authentic visualization of the outstanding driving characteristics
offered by the BMW X6, mainly through intelligent BMW xDrive
all-wheel-drive technology and Dynamic Performance Control.
Various design features typical of BMW also stand out in the car's
details, ranging from the BMW kidney grille to the dual round
headlights optically "cut off" at the top and the powerful contour
line along the side, all the way to the horizontal lines at the rear
emphasizing the sheer width of the vehicle.
Front end with clear and dynamic orientation to the road.
Just one look at the front end of BMW's new Sports Activity Coupe
demonstrates the powerful presence of this unique vehicle. Due to
the greater share of surfaces finished in body color, the front end
looks lower and even more dynamic, clearly emphasizing the powerful
orientation of the BMW X6 to the road. This DNA so typical of BMW is
also demonstrated in the design of the hood and in the vertically
positioned BMW kidney grille, with fins finished in a sophisticated
titanium color on the xDrive50i and in black on the xDrive35i.
Large air intakes are positioned far to the outside for more than
just meeting the cooling requirements of the powerful engines.
Rather, interacting with the side panels extending far to the inside
over the headlights, the air scoops provide clear orientation
towards the wheels, emphasizing the powerful stance of the vehicle
on the road.
The headlights themselves merge in a dynamic sweeping line into the
side panels, the surface of the engine compartment lid is divided by
striking lines tapering out towards the BMW kidney grille like the
borderlines of the engine compartment lid at the sides.
Side view: dynamic roofline, muscular surfaces.
The unique proportions of the new BMW X6 stand out particularly
clearly from the side. For example, the short body overhang at the
front emphasizes the dynamic look of the vehicle, while the roof
line tapering out gently towards the rear and the long body overhang
on the rear section, add to the stretched silhouette of a genuine
At the rear, the side window frame features the "counter-swing" at
the bottom of the D-pillar, so well-known as the "Hofmeister kink"
and chrome surrounds on the windows featured as standard distinguish
the BMW X6 xDrive50i from the xDrive35i.
The high waistline and powerfully contoured wheel arches both front
and rear, moving the visual center of gravity to the middle of the
vehicle and thus bearing testimony to all-wheel drive, are further
significant features of the DNA of a BMW X Model.
The side panel is split by two lines with striking contours, moving
slowly towards one another at the front end of the vehicle to create
a wedge-like impression symbolising the forward-pushing, powerful
character of the BMW X6. While the lines at the side highlight the
supreme elegance of the car, the special design of the surface gives
the BMW X6 a particularly powerful look from this perspective.
Striking interaction of the concave and convex surfaces emphasize
the muscular look of the vehicle, providing the BMW X6 with an
excellent balance of visual power and stylish presence.
Strong shoulders and a powerful stance from the rear.
Likewise, the rear end of the BMW X6 offers a thrilling combination
of elegance, sportiness and robustness in full harmony with one
another. The muscular bumper and protection cover on the underfloor;
the striking light edge along the lower section of the bumper,
highlighting the ride height of the BMW X6; and the vehicle
proportions that are so typical of a coupe, are all examples of
classic design elements that stand out clearly and convincingly in
the particular style and looks of a BMW X Model.
The entire rear end is subdivided by horizontal lines giving the
rear end a wider look and emphasizing the powerful stance and
road-holding of the entire vehicle. The greenhouse with its
strikingly low rear window, in turn, tapers out smoothly towards the
rear, with the rear lid featuring a distinct air flow lip, further
proof that this unique new vehicle is a genuine coupe in both its
looks and style.
Even the special design of the rear light clusters takes the unique
character of the BMW X6 into account, the L-shape so typical of a
BMW X Model being re-interpreted and now boasting a particularly
dynamic sweep from one side to the other. Extending far into the
side panels, the rear-light clusters bring out and accentuate the
entire width of the vehicle also through its night design.
Sportiness and luxury within the interior.
To the very last detail, the interior of the BMW X6 offers a unique
synthesis of luxury, sporting dynamics, and powerful style. Tense
surfaces blending into one another symbolize the active character of
BMW's Sports Activity Coupe, sporting features such as kneepads on
both sides of the center console, paddles on the sports steering
wheel featured as standard, and the fine scale on the circular
instruments creating an excitingly different driving experience in
the new BMW X6 both on the road and off the beaten track.
Like all BMW X Models, the new Sports Activity Coupe offers the
occupants of all four seats an elevated, commanding seating
position. In particular, this gives the driver a clear feeling of
being perfectly in control of his BMW X6 in all situations. In
conjunction with the cockpit simply begging the driver to drive his
vehicle in an active style, this creates an innovative impression of
genuine, all-out sportiness.
A further point distinguishing the world's first Sports Activity
Coupe from the other BMW X Models is the sporting design of the
individual rear seats separated from one another through the center
console, the high-rising side supports, and the integrated headrests
on all four seats.
The BMW X6 is the only car in the complete segment of BMW X Models
to feature a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles as
standard, which enable the driver to shift gears manually on the
six-speed automatic transmission for enhanced smoothness and
response at all times. Furthermore, multifunction buttons on the
steering wheel operate the telephone and audio systems quickly,
smoothly and without the slightest distraction, while two additional
buttons may be programmed individually according to the driver's
The instrument panel is dominated by dual round instruments with
fine scales reminiscent of motorsport as clear visual reference to
the sporting character of the BMW X6. The galvanized trim rings on
the instrument panel clearly accentuate the exclusive character of
the vehicle's interior, with the same high-quality metal shimmer
being boasted on the rotary knobs, the door openers, on the
gearshift lever knob, and on the brackets within the air vents.
The new kneepads on the center console stand out clearly as a
particularly sporting feature offering the driver and front
passenger additional stability in maneuvers in city traffic and when
driving off-road under tough conditions.
Visibly and tangibly sophisticated, premium quality surfaces make
the interior of the BMW X6 a genuine experience to feel and behold
at all times. Through their special quality designed for lasting
strength and resistance, the interior surfaces also emphasize the
superior robustness of the vehicle committed to off-road use
Lots of space, lots of customization options.
Wide opening rear doors facilitate access to the two rear seats,
while head-room in the rear is unusually generous for a coupe-seat
height of 37.2 inches guarantees supreme comfort and convenience,
even for tall passengers.
A wide range of materials and colors highlighting the sporting
character of the BMW X6 adds to the individual style and personality
of this unique vehicle. The exterior paintwork, for example, comes
in a choice of no less than ten exterior colors, eleven leather
options and three trim options ensure a wide range of individual
style and choice.
Trim in ash grain has been created especially for BMW's Sports
Activity Coupe. And while the wood variant exudes a particular touch
of discreet exclusivity, the sweeping polish on the aluminum version
shows a clear and distinct reference to motorsport.
The passenger and luggage compartment on the BMW X6 are distinctly
separated from one another in the usual style one would expect of a
fully-fledged coupe. Offering almost 25.6 cu ft of storage space,
the luggage compartment behind the rear seats of the BMW X6 is far
larger than in a conventional coupe, providing enough space to store
four full-size golf bags in the luggage compartment-even with four
people riding in the vehicle.
BMW's new Sports Activity Coupe also boasts a firm, folding cover on
top of the luggage compartment that can be folded at stowed beneath
the floor for convenient transportation of bulky objects. To
increase the transport capacity available, the rear-seat backrests
may be folded down in an asymmetric split, expanding loading
capacity to a substantial 59.7 cu ft.
An automatic tailgate opening and closing function is available as
an option on the BMW X6 allowing the driver to vary the final
position of the tailgate when open. This helps to reduce the risk of
damage, for example in an underground car park or garage with a low
Perfect combination of superior dynamics and outstanding comfort.
A new type of vehicle and a new driving experience, the BMW X6
definitely offers the best of both worlds. In terms of driving
dynamics, the first-ever Sports Activity Coupe offers new dimensions
defined by a considerable enhancement of agility, unique stability
in fast bends and safe traction on slippery surfaces. Powerful
engines, BMW's intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology,
Dynamic Stability Control, optional Active Steering and Adaptive
Drive, as well as Dynamic Performance Control featured for the first
time on the BMW X6 even as standard equipment, set the foundation
for superior driving dynamics at all times.
Even with a moderate, reserved style of motoring, Dynamic
Performance Control optimizes steering precision most considerably,
enabling the BMW X6 to handle even difficult driving conditions
through the outstanding quality of its drive and suspension
Driving dynamics with intelligent control: Integrated Chassis
The vehicle's drivetrain and suspension systems interact perfectly
with BMW's Integrated Chassis Management. This high-performance
electronic control ensures perfect harmony of drivetrain and
suspension functions within fractions of a second, spelling out
maximum driver control and supreme performance wherever you go and
at all times.
Even under a sudden change in driving conditions for example, on
varying surfaces, in spontaneous steering maneuvers, when
accelerating or applying the brake abruptly, ICM reacts with the
utmost precision to the xDrive, DSC and Dynamic Performance Control
actuators and to Active Steering when fitted as an option. In all
cases, the nature and scope of such intervention is appropriately
masterminded to ensure not just maximum driving stability, but also
BMW's X Models already available today owe their outstanding agility
largely to the supreme performance and qualities of ICM. Now the
central control unit has an even greater and more progressive
influence on driving dynamics in the new BMW X6, since it is also
able to use the actuators serving for BMW's new Dynamic Performance
Control. Depending on driving conditions and with fully variable
management, the power of the engine is no longer split "just"
between the front and rear axle, but also - through Dynamic
Performance Control - between the left and right rear wheel, feeding
additional power to the most appropriate point where it can be
conveyed best to the road.
This drive technology quite unique in the market enhances the
agility, steering precision and tracking stability of the car in
corners as well as its traction on slippery surfaces, significantly
improving driving dynamics in all cases and under all conditions.
As a result, Dynamic Stability Control is only required to cut in by
applying the brakes electively on the appropriate wheel or wheels
when the vehicle really reaches the extreme limits to driving
physics. The world's first Sports Activity Coupe thus offers the
driver the truly fascinating experience of being able to handle even
the most demanding driving situations with sporting style and
dynamic performance never seen before.
The drivetrain and suspension technology of the BMW X6 ensures the
highest conceivable level of safety, precision and driving pleasure
on all surfaces whether rough or smooth. The foundation of this
purpose is provided by suspension technology quite unique in the
segment of BMW X Models. The front axle, for example, is a double
track control arm configuration applying the double joint principle
for dynamic lateral acceleration, superior tracking stability and
minimization of forces acting on the steering wheel. Appropriate
front axle kinematics, in turn, ensure optimum front wheel camber on
the road at all times, the BMW X6 thus maintains supreme grip and
road-holding even under the most dynamic conditions.
At the rear, the BMW X6 features BMW's patented Integral IV axle
serving to harmonize superior comfort with equally superior
dynamics. And now this lightweight construction has been
specifically optimized for the Sports Activity Coupe in many
respects, with the entire rear axle configuration being
appropriately adjusted to the specific demands of this model, for
supreme sportiness and performance.
The wheel mounts, rear axle sub frame and four track arms
efficiently take up the dynamic and drive forces flowing into the
suspension, reducing any elastic distortion of the wheel mounts,
while soft swinging mounts provide appropriate longitudinal
suspension and optimize the roll quality of the wheels. Effectively
separating the road surface from the drivetrain, finally, the rear
axle helps to ensure first-class noise control and ride comfort.
The BMW X6 comes as standard with 19-inch light-alloy wheels. Also
featured as standard are run-flat safety tires, which enable
continued driving even after a complete loss of pressure in the
tires. Furthermore, the Tire Pressure Monitor system permanently
monitors air pressure and warns the driver as soon as the air
pressure in the tires drops more than 30 per cent below the ideal
BMW xDrive: intelligent all-wheel drive for enhanced dynamics and
Permanent all-wheel drive with electronically controlled, variable
distribution of drive power between the front and rear axles gives
all BMW X Models not only superior traction, but also enhanced
driving dynamics. Indeed, BMW xDrive gains its superiority as an
intelligent all-wheel-drive system by distributing drive power front
to rear by way of an electronically controlled multiple-plate clutch
according to driving conditions, in exactly the right dosage and to
the axle with grip.
In normal driving situations BMW xDrive distributes drive power in a
40 : 60 split front-to-rear, with sensors consistently measuring
wheel slip. Hence, the system is able within a fraction of a second
to vary the distribution of drive forces, with BMW xDrive-unlike
conventional all-wheel-drive systems-anticipating the upcoming
situation and not just responding once a wheel has started to spin.
This serves to stabilize the vehicle even before the driver notices
any need for action.
On the new X6 with Dynamic Performance Control, handling and
stability are enhanced to an even higher level with the ability to
multiply torque to an individual rear wheel for yaw control. With
the combination of xDrive and Dynamic Perforance Control, the X6 is
able counteracting even the slightest trend to over- or under-steer
right from the start at the earliest conceivable point with the
positive effects on the driver's sense of driving dynamics.
Unparalleled agility and tracking stability thanks to xDrive and
Dynamic Performance Control.
The positive effect of Dynamic Performance Control on the agility of
the BMW X6 is clearly seen right from the start. In conventional
everyday traffic, the vehicle steers into corners with significantly
enhanced precision at any speeds.
Dynamic Performance Control likewise enhances the handling and,
indeed, the overall control of the BMW X6 in sudden steering
maneuvers and at particularly high speeds in bends. If the vehicle
begins to understeer or push to the outside of a corner BMW xDrive
and Dynamic Performance Control will dynamically shift torque to the
outside rear wheel in order to are able to counteract the
understeer. On the other hand, if the vehicle threatens to
over-steer, xDrive reduces the transmission of power to the rear
wheels then the Dynamic Performance Control transfers torque and
drive forces from the outer rear wheel and diverts these forces to
the inner rear wheel.
This intervention in the interest of greater stability is so quick
and finely controlled that the driver will not even notice what is
happening. What he will notice, however, is that the BMW X6 ensures
exceptional steering precision and vehicle balance all the way to
the extreme limit.
Unique: Dynamic Performance Control enhances steering precision
also when the driver takes his foot off the gas pedal.
A further particular feature of Dynamic Performance Control is that
engine power and torque are split variably between the rear wheels
not only when the engine is "pulling" the vehicle, but also in
overrun. This is made possible by the addition of a planetary gear
set and a multiple-plate clutch operated by an electric motor on
both output sides of the rear differential. With this configuration
Dynamic Performance Control is able to vary the distribution of
drive power also when the driver takes his foot off the accelerator.
The BMW X6 is the first vehicle in the world to offer such a
stabilizing effect independent of engine load and drive power.
Dynamic Performance Control also serves to optimize traction on a
slippery surface. With its ability to vary the transmission of
engine power specifically as required between the two rear wheels,
Dynamic Performance Control serves to improve traction and pulling
force whenever the vehicle is running on different surfaces from one
side to the other, for instance, with asphalt on one side and a
snowbound surface on the other. Any differences in the frictional
coefficient between the wheels on the left and right (modal split)
are offset by Dynamic Performance Control specifically sharing out
drive forces on the rear axle.
Easily viewable on the instrument cluster, the driver receives a
clear message showing the interaction by Dynamic Performance
Control. By simply pressing the lever on the steering column, the
driver is informed of the current distribution of drive power via a
bar diagram showing how much power is going to each of the four
drive wheels at any given point in time.
DSC intervening only when driving to the limit.
The difference in drive forces between the two rear wheels provided
by Dynamic Performance Control can be as high as 1327 lbs-ft (1800
Newton-meters). But even then, all the driver will feel when Dynamic
Performance Control intervenes is a - significant - increase in
agility, traction and driving stability. As a result of Dynamic
Performance Control's intervention, the Dynamic Stability Control
intervenes much less frequently than before. In practice, this means
that the driver is able to use the full drive power and torque of
the engine much longer than with a conventional system, DSC acting
on individual wheels or reducing engine power only when the driver
really pushes the car to the extreme limits of physical performance.
In addition, DSC in the new BMW X6 offers a wide range of additional
functions serving to promote safe and dynamic motoring including:
ABS anti-lock brakes; Automatic Stability Control; Trailer Stability
Control; Hill Descent Control; Dynamic Brake Control, automatically
maximizing brake pressure when required in the interest of minimum
stopping distances; Cornering Brake Control; and, finally, Active
Cruise Control complete with its own brake application function.
The Automatic Differential Brake serves as a transverse lock between
the two wheels, and Fading Compensation increasing brake pressure as
required under extremely high brake temperatures, helps to maintain
the brake forces required even under extreme conditions. Regular Dry
Braking, in turn, optimizes brake performance in wet conditions,
while the Start-Off Assistant enables the driver to set off more
smoothly and easily on an uphill gradient.
The new BMW X6 features a parking brake operating both
electromechanically and hydraulically, activated or released simply
by pushing a button.
Reflecting the high standard of driving dynamics offered by the BMW
X6, DSC also comes with Dynamic Traction Control as a special
function, raising the DSC response thresholds to a higher level,
allowing a particularly sporting and active style of motoring, and
enabling the driver to set off smoothly on snow or in loose sand
with the drive wheels intentionally spinning slightly.
Supported by a wide range of DSC functions, the high-performance
brake system featured in the BMW X6 ensures excellent stopping power
under all conditions. Inner-vented discs on all four wheels take up
brake energy, newly developed lightweight brakes with floating
aluminum calipers front and rear, guarantee extremely good
resistance to fading and maximum brake comfort on the
top-of-the-range BMW X6 xDrive50i.
Active Steering for a particularly sporting and comfortable style
The BMW X6 is also available with Active Steering as an option. This
very special system developed by BMW offers exactly the right
steering ratio at all speeds, maintaining direct steering behavior
up to a speed of about 55 mph, as required particularly for a
sporting and active style of motoring. A further advantage in this
case is that the driver only has to turn the steering wheel twice
from lock to lock when parking. At higher speeds, on the other hand,
Active Steering offers a more indirect transmission ratio in the
interest of steady directional stability and, as a result, enhanced
On the BMW X6, Active Steering is combined with Servotronic, thus
making an active contribution in stabilizing the car in the event of
over-steer in bends or particularly demanding brake maneuvers. When
applying the brakes on different surfaces left and right, for
example, that is with a so-called modal split, Active Steering
counter-steers discreetly but firmly to prevent the car from
swerving out of control.
Unique: Adaptive Drive with data transfer via FlexRay.
Carefully harmonized interaction of the vehicle's anti-roll bars and
dampers masterminded by Adaptive Drive is another unique feature in
the segment of BMW X Models. Indeed, this combination of active body
roll control and variable damper adjustment available as an option
gives the new BMW X6 incomparably superior driving behavior.
Using sensors in the vehicle, Adaptive Drive constantly monitors and
calculates data on road speed, the steering angle, longitudinal and
lateral acceleration, body and wheel velocity, as well as ride and
damper position. Applying this information, the system acts directly
on the anti-roll bar swivel motors and the electromagnetic valves in
the dampers, varying body roll and the damping effect appropriately
at all times and in all situations. Simply by pressing a button, the
driver is able to choose either a sporting or a comfortable setting
on Adaptive Drive.
BMW Adaptive Drive uses high-speed FlexRay data transmission for
fast and reliable coordination of data. This system, developed to
production standard by a development consortium under the leadership
of BMW offers a standard of data transfer capacity never seen before
- and BMW is the first carmaker in the world to use FlexRay
technology in a regular production car.
Superior engine dynamics in both the xDrive35i and xDrive50i.
Through its superior suspension technology, the BMW X6 is able to
convert all the power of the engine safely and consistently into
driving dynamics under virtually all conditions and on all kinds of
surfaces. And the engines available in the first Sports Activity
Coupe set standards themselves in terms of muscular performance,
superior running smoothness, and outstanding efficiency in their
respective class. Both the xDrive35i and xDrive50i feature Twin
Turbo technology engines, representing the latest in state of the
art engine technology-with the power range extending from 300 hp to
The BMW X6 xDrive50i is powered by an all-new eight-cylinder, while
the BMW X6 xDrive35i features the most powerful straight-six within
the engine portfolio of Germany's leading premium car maker. The
performance characteristics and efficiency for both of these engines
benefits from the exclusive combination of Twin Turbo technology and
High Precision Injection available only from BMW. The principle of
combining two turbochargers and direct gasoline injection applied
for the first time on the straight-six is now also to be admired on
the new V8.
A class of its own: The new eight-cylinder with Twin Turbo
With Ultimate Driving Performance as the most important feature-this
applies to BMW's X Models and to BMW's eight-cylinder engines-the
BMW X6 is adding an incomparably dynamic variant to the line-up of
BMW X Models, with the world's first Sports Activity Coupe boasting
a particularly sporting and dynamic eight-cylinder.
Displacing 4.4 liters, the new V8 engine with Twin Turbo technology
and direct gasoline injection (High Precision Injection) develops
maximum output of 400 hp throughout a broad range of engine speed
from 5,500-6,400 rpm. Engine torque reaches its peak of 450 lb-ft
throughout an unusually large speed range from 1,800-4,500 rpm. The
spontaneous, intense and long-lasting thrust generated in this way
is the result of Twin Turbo technology already featured on BMW's
most powerful straight-six combined with High Precision Injection.
The cooling effect of direct fuel injection also ensures a
compression ratio quite unusual on a turbocharged engine, helping to
give the engine an even higher level of all-round efficiency.
The position of the turbochargers and catalytic converters in the
V-section between the two rows of cylinders is likewise an
innovation in technology allowing particularly compact engine
dimensions and at the same time requiring new configuration of the
intake and exhaust ducts. This means shorter intake and exhaust
manifolds and larger cross-sections significantly reducing pressure
losses on both the intake and exhaust side.
The all-aluminum V8 engine developed for the BMW X6 offers all the
qualities typical of an eight-cylinder in incomparably sporting
style. In practice, this means a combination of superior torque at
low engine speeds with an ongoing surge of power and performance up
to the higher speed range.
The BMW X6 xDrive50i accelerates from 0-60 mph in just 5.3 seconds
and boasts ample power reserves for exceptional acceleration also at
higher speeds. When equipped with the optional 20 inch wheels with
performance tires, the top speed is a truly impressive 155 mph
limited electronically by the engine control unit.
Twin Turbo technology featured for the first time on an
eight-cylinder gasoline engine.
The power and performance characteristics of the new V8 result to a
large extent from Twin Turbo technology, the use of two
turbochargers for the first time on an eight-cylinder engine serving
to boost both engine output and torque with maximum efficiency. Each
of the two turbochargers supplies compressed air to four cylinders
at a time, ensuring particular spontaneity and a direct reaction to
the gas pedal.
As with the straight-six featuring Twin Turbo technology, the "turbo
lag" typical of a turbocharged engine with conventional technology,
that is the time until the turbocharger builds up its boost, is
virtually eliminated through the combination of two small turbos and
the direct injection calibration.
A further advantage is that the engine revs up smoothly, maintaining
its high torque consistently throughout an unusually broad range of
engine speed. In its power and performance characteristics,
therefore, the engine is comparable to a significantly larger
normal-aspirated engine while offering the advantage of much lower
weight and reduced package size.
Not only are the dimensions and weight of the new V8 unusually
modest, but the fuel consumption is also exceptionally low for an
engine of this caliber. A significant factor contributing to the
superior fuel economy is double-VANOS infinite camshaft management,
a technology characteristic of BMW engines. Indeed, this technology
is also one of the reasons why the V8 - over and above its superior
fuel economy - develops exceptionally high torque from low engine
High Precision Injection also plays a key role in the efficient use
of fuel. This second generation of direct gasoline injection uses
piezo-injectors positioned directly next to the spark plugs in the
cylinder head and delivering fuel into the combustion chambers at a
pressure of 2900 psi. The advantage is extremely precise dosage of
fuel, with the further benefit of reduced emissions and improved
engine acoustics. And last but not least, it almost goes without
saying that the engine fulfils both the US ULEV II emissions
standard as well as the EU5 requirements in Europe.
The new V8 engine is the most efficient engine in its class.
Combined with a number of further technologies developed in the
overall context of BMW EfficientDynamics, the engine gives the BMW
X6 xDrive50i fuel consumption and emission figures significantly
better than other eight-cylinder vehicles competing with the BMW X
BMW's most powerful inline-six in the world's first Sports
The second gasoline-powered version of the BMW X6 boasts the most
powerful inline-six within BMW's engine portfolio: Maximum output of
the engine featured in the BMW X6 xDrive35i is 300 hp from an engine
capacity of 3.0 liters. This superior power is maintained
consistently between 5,800 and 6,250 rpm, with maximum torque of 300
lb-ft provided all the way from 1,400-5,000 rpm. This gives the
six-cylinder superior power and performance from an unusually early
point on a gasoline engine, subsequently maintaining this high power
throughout a broad range of engine speed.
Like the new V8 engine, the engine in the BMW X6 xDrive35i offers
the exclusive combination of Twin Turbo technology and High
Precision Injection for incomparable power and performance, plus a
standard of economy quite unique in comparison with the engine's
dynamic driving potential.
On the inline-six with Twin Turbo technology, two exhaust
turbochargers each supply compressed air to three cylinders. The
small mass inertia of the relatively compact turbochargers optimizes
response to a significantly higher degree on this engine, building
up charge pressure without the slightest delay from low engine
speeds. The result is a rapid increase in power and torque further
promoted by infinitely variable double-VANOS camshaft control.
This characteristic of BMW's Twin Turbo gasoline engines is unique
world-over and offers an exceptionally high standard of power and
flexibility on the road. In practice, this allows the driver to use
the superior torque of the engine right from the start when
accelerating, with engine power then remaining consistent over a
wide speed range.
The exceptional dynamism of the engine is further enhanced by its
high compression ratio, again an advantage made possible by High
Precision Injection: With the fuel/air mixture being cooled as a
result of direct injection, the compression ratio can be increased
to a higher level than on a turbo-charged engine with intake
manifold injection. Engine efficiency is improved accordingly,
offering more power on less fuel.
The level of power offered by the inline-six with Twin Turbo
Technology and High Precision Injection is equal to a level that
only a much larger eight-cylinder was able to provide in the past.
But at the same time BMW's most powerful six-cylinder offers a much
higher standard of fuel economy and, thanks to its all-aluminum
crankcase, is much lighter.
BMW EfficientDynamics: wide range of features serving to reduce
fuel consumption and emissions - and all coming as standard.
Offering a wide range of features serving to enhance efficiency on
and around the engine, all versions of the new BMW X6 ensure a
particularly good balance of power, performance and economy - and
all these features come as standard.
The all-round efficiency of the BMW X6 is further optimized by
on-demand control and activation of the engine's ancillary units
helping to significantly reduce the power required for the fuel and
steering assistance pumps and thus again saving energy in the
For example, the drive belt for the a/c compressor, comes with an
independent clutch automatically disconnecting the compressor as
soon as the driver switches off the air conditioning and thus
reducing the drag forces generated by the compressor to a minimum.
Further examples are the use of tires with reduced rolling
resistance and the optimization of the car's aerodynamics. The
cooling air flaps behind the BMW kidney grille and in the air
intake, for instance, are controlled electronically, helping to
reduce the air drag of the vehicle when closed and only being opened
in response to greater demand for cooling.
Automatic transmission designed for sports motoring.
Power is transmitted on the BMW X6 in standard trim by six-speed
sport automatic transmission with a particularly sporting gearshift
now enhanced to an even higher level.
The automatic transmission chooses the appropriate gear with
incomparable spontaneity, precision and efficiency, benefiting both
the comfort and driving dynamics of the BMW X6. The automatic
transmission shifts gears either in response to the electronic gear
selector lever or the gearshift paddles on the steering wheel.
Intelligent lightweight technology for enhanced dynamics and
Like the other models in the BMW X range, the BMW X6 boasts a
particularly strong and sturdy body. To keep weight to a minimum
despite this outstanding solidity, BMW's engineers developing the
new model focused consistently from the start on intelligent
lightweight construction. Both the choice of materials as well as
the arrangement and geometry of the various support bars, rods and
other support elements are based on an overall concept combining
maximum crash safety with supreme agility on the road.
The new BMW X6 not only includes front and side airbags as standard,
but also curtain-type Head Protection System airbags at the side,
protecting the occupants both front and rear from injury. Additional
features include: three-point inertia-reel belts on each seat, with
belt force limiters together with a belt tightener on the front
seat; crash-activated headrests to prevent cervical spine injury in
the event of a collision from behind, that come standard on the
All restraint systems are masterminded by one central electronic
safety "brain" monitoring the type and severity of a collision and
activating the most effective protection units in each case. The
frontal airbags, in turn, come with a gas generator operating in two
stages and thus activating the airbags with varying intensity,
depending on the severity of an accident.
In the event of an imminent rollover, the car's rollover sensor
activates both the curtain airbags and the belt latch tensioners.
Indeed, this integration of the system with DSC Dynamic Stability
Control guarantees appropriate function of the overall safety system
in good time whenever necessary. And to avoid accidents from behind
the new BMW X6 comes with BMW's two-stage brake lights.
The BMW X6. The first Sports Activity Coupe.
The BMW X5 has already demonstrated most clearly that dynamic
driving qualities are a decisive criterion also with a vehicle of
this class and caliber. The BMW X3, in turn, has added outstanding
agility as a further factor crucial to success in this segment. And
now the BMW X6 focuses again on these priorities, raising them to an
even higher level. As a result, the world's first Sports Activity
Coupe from BMW once again sets the standard in a market segment
characterized by particularly dynamic growth And at the same time
the BMW X6, through its concept and drive technology, clearly proves
and confirms the exceptional innovative power of Germany's premium
The new BMW X6 is expected to be in US BMW Centers in the second
quarter of 2008. Options, pricing and precise launch timing details
will be communicated as the launch window nears.