BMW X6 Gets New V8 for Flagship

Always big, bold and bling, the BMW X6 now comes with a newly developed monster V8 to its flagship model.

The flagship BMW X6 M50i boasts a 4.4-liter V 8 gasoline engine that delivers 527bhp with peak torque at 553ft-lbs enough to rocket the big beast from standstill to 62mph in just 4.3 seconds. It will announce its presence too with the flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system fitted as standard producing an audible expression of the power on tap.

Its motor’s standout features include a pair of twin-scroll turbochargers sat in the 90-degree angle between the two banks of cylinders. Despite the power it claims a fuel efficiency of 27 mpg (22mpg US) while combined CO2 emissions come in at 243g/km.

The other gasoline option is the BMW X6 xDrive40i using a 3.0-liter straight-six cylinder to produce a maximum output of 337bhp with a peak torque of 331ft-lbs allowing a zero to 62mph sprint of 5.5 seconds with a top speed limited to 155mph. Combined fuel consumption is between 35mpg (29mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 197g/km.

The entry level diesel BMW X6 xDrive30d also uses a 3.0-liter straight-six producing 262bhp while peak torque is 475ft-lbs and a sprint time of 6.5 seconds with a top speed of 143mph. It claims an average fuel consumption of 46mpg (38mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 172/km.

The range-topper in the diesel line-up is the 397bhp BMW X6 M50d with a huge 560ft-lbs peak torque employing a straight-six 3.0-liter motor with no less than four turbochargers. It’ll take 5.2 seconds to get to 62mph and its top speed it set at 155mph. Average fuel consumption is 39mpg (32mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 190g/km.

There are three trim-level models from Sport, M Sport and M Performance and prices in Europe start from $74,889 including taxes.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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