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Vehicle Profile: 2011 BMW X6
Pure BMW, purely individual.

Not long ago, BMW bridged the huge chasm that divided utility and true sport with the X5 Sports Activity Vehicle. It was a revelation, a vehicle that combined SUV capability with true BMW performance. Some drivers wanted something more, namely all that capability and sporty performance in a racy looking coupe.  

BMW dove right in, and the result was the first “Sports Activity Coupe,” the X6. For those who sense this vehicle pushing their buttons – in the right way – the 2011 BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe is a high-octane party on standard 19-inch wheels.

“Coupe” takes on new meaning with the BMW X6, which, even with its swoopy lines, offers the accessibility of four side doors and a rear cargo door, and up to 59.7 cubic feet of total cargo space with the two rear seats folded down. With two rear seats separated by a center console, the X6 offers a true sport coupe feel inside. All four occupants enjoy an elevated, “command” seating position unheard of in other coupes. Even with the rear seats in use, the X6 offers 25.6 cubic feet of carrying space, which is far more than in a traditional coupe (or sedan) and is enough to store four full-size golf bags.

That’s the “activity” part of the story.  Here’s the “sport”:  The X6 offers four levels of performance – the X6 xDrive35i (MSRP $57,000) serves up 300 hp from a TwinPower turbo, inline-six cylinder engine. With 300 lb/ft of torque available from just 1,200 rpm all the way through 5,000 rpm, acceleration response hits quickly and strongly at any speed. New for 2011, an eight-speed Sport Automatic transmission with Adaptive Transmission Control (ATC) offers “Sport” and STEPTRONIC “Manual” shift modes and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

If that sounds like an invitation to fun, consider how driving with 400 hp and 450 lb/ft of torque might feel. Those are the figures for the V8 X6 xDrive50i model, which also gets the new eight-speed transmission. That huge punch of torque stays constant from 1,750 rpm through 4,500 rpm, meaning it’s on tap in the speed range most encountered in everyday driving.

Whichever power level you choose in the X6, be confident that BMW’s proven intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive technology will get it to the road. The xDrive system not only distributes power front and rear, its Dynamic Performance Control also varies the power between the two rear wheels. That kind of control ensures even greater grip through curves.

Next come two different kinds of “ultimate.” The X6 M delivers a 555-hp punch from a TwinPower Turbo V8 engine and tames any road with its M-tuned xDrive all-wheel drive system. And leave it to BMW to combine “hybrid” with “ultimate.” That’s the story behind the unique ActiveHybrid X6 which delivers the combination of 480 hp with an EPA-rated 19 mpg in city driving. ActiveHybrid models also feature a brake energy regeneration system and a two-mode active transmission.

In any X6, of course, BMW luxury abounds, including the latest version of iDrive (standard on V8 and hybrid models, included with optional navigation system on X6 xDrive35i).  A rear-seat entertainment system, X6 Logic7 Sound System and head-up display are available, as well.

Did you know that the BMW X6 made Kelley Blue Book’s Top 10 list for resale value? Plus, with the BMW Maintenance Program, part of BMW Ultimate Service, BMW owners pay nothing for all scheduled inspections, oil changes, wiper blade inserts and other wear-and-tear items. This complimentary and generous plan even covers brake pads and rotors.

The 2011 BMW X6 drives like – and looks like – nothing else on the road. In other words, it’s pure BMW. Test drive an X6 and see why.


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