There is nothing else in the world like the BMW X6. A four-seat, four-door Sports Activity Coupe with a fastback roofline, BMW makes the X6 even more distinctive with performance, luxury and technology blended like no other automaker can. The 2011 BMW X6 covers all the bases from hauling the family to tearing up a curvy road with more confidence than many sports cars – there's not much the X6 cannot do.
Entry to the X6 range begins with the X6 xDrive35i (MSRP $58,900), which is powered by the celebrated 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder engine that generates 100 hp for every liter of its displacement. What's more, that 300 hp is joined by an equal 300 lb/ft of torque that's fully on tap from 1,300 rpm. A high, 10.2:1 compression ratio is made possible by direct fuel injection, and the result is not only more power and sharp response, but also increased efficiency. The eight-speed STEPTRONIC automatic transmission with paddleshifters has three modes: “Sport,” “Drive” and “Manual.” “Drive” mode uses Adaptive Transmission Control to learn your driving style and deliver exactly what you want, when you want it. With two more ratios available than most automatic transmissions feature, there is another boost of both performance and efficiency.
All X6 models feature BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive. True to the performance reputation of the BMW brand, this system has a default rear-wheel drive bias to deliver the athletic responses enthusiasts expect. When slippage is detected, engine power is shifted around to the wheels with the surest footing, and it all happens in a matter of milliseconds. This quick-witted ability is great when it's slick, but it's also an important part of how the X6 credibly lives up to its coupe designation. While all the electro-mechanical magic is going on, passengers are pampered in a comfortable, classic cabin. Standard 10-way power-adjustable front seats with four-way lumbar keep bodies in position. The cargo area is fully finished to the same high standard as the rest of the interior, and ash-grain wood trim adds a rich warmth to the atmosphere.
Turbocharged V8 power enlivens the X6 xDrive50i (MSRP $69,500) with 400 hp from 4.4 liters. That muscle is effectively telegraphed to the pavement by the revolutionary BMW Dynamic Performance Control system, which can precisely adjust power between the left and right rear wheels in a fraction of a second. Dynamic Performance Control increases stability, especially when you're accelerating out of a curve, staving off under- or oversteer without putting a wet blanket over the joy of performance driving.
Just as performance is stepped up with the X6 xDrive50i and its turbocharged V8, the interior outfitting steps it up as well. Front seats are 20-way multi-contour units with adjustments for shoulder and thigh support, adjustable backrest width and two lumbar support adjustments. Nevada leather upholstery is standard, and BMW offers buyers color options that will look striking against the color you pick to grace the chiseled sheet metal. Passengers will appreciate the available DVD players front and rear, and drivers have command and control of vehicle, navigation, communications and entertainment systems right at their fingertips with the latest-generation of the revolutionary iDrive system.
Just as the X6 is unlike any other vehicle in the world, the ActiveHybrid X6 (MSRP $88,900) is the only hybrid vehicle of its type. While most hybrids only exploit an electric motor for boosting economy, the instantaneous nature of a motor's torque delivery has been leveraged by the ActiveHybrid X6 to create thrilling performance. BMW EfficientDynamics ensures that energy is used effectively, adding technology like Brake Energy Regeneration and a Two-Mode Active Transmission to the 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbocharged V8 and xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system. To get this kind of exhilaration strictly on gasoline power would require 20 percent more fuel than the ActiveHybrid X6 consumes. It may cause confusion the first time you rocket your hybrid X6 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds, but that performance is a display of the engineering mastery that BMW brings to bear, delivering all of the joy with less consumption.
The 2011 BMW X6 range has talents that run deep; in all respects, it lives up to its billing as a Sports Activity Coupe. That's a name that cannot be applied to any other vehicle in the world, and there's a good reason for that – there is nothing like a BMW X6.