Jens Meiners on BMW X5 M and X6 M: excessive performance at the top

They are vehicles in which self-proclaimed climate protectors and apostles of equality swell reliably: We are talking about the large SUVs, sorry, “SAV” models from the BMW range. By the way: Bayern have always been against the marketing mainstream when it comes to the term SUV and call their off-road vehicles Sports activity vehicles.

While the plug-in hybrids from BMW are allowed to put on a green coat on the patient paper on which the official consumption values ​​are printed and the diesel versions are actually characterized by amazingly good consumption values, there are now also the sporty derivatives of the M GmbH from Garching. As usual, they drive the demanding approach of both series to excess.

We were able to convince ourselves of this now at the driving presentation in the US state of Arizona, where the sister models met. The X6 M in particular shines with its stunning design at first glance: the squat lines of the previous model give way to an appearance of futuristic, cool precision in the new X6. The X5 M also looks rather pale and arbitrary, quite confusing at the rear. For this, BMW managed to pack a third row of seats into the rear of the X5 - but it is not available with the M version.

Driving pleasure - as a competition in 3,9 seconds at 100 km / h Photos: ampnet / BMW

In any case, it is not sensible what is happening under the sheet metal of the M-Boliden: The X5 M has a 4,4-liter V8 biturbo with smooth 600 PS (441 kW), which is optional with the X5 M and with the X6 M Compulsory competition package adds another 25 HP (18 kW) via software. That is enough for a sprint from zero to 100 km / h in just 3,9 (Competition: 3,8) seconds, and the top is well-adjusted at 250 km / h, but opens for a bearable fee of 2450 euros the gate up to a respectable 290 km / h. There's driver training.

This means that the Bavarian muscle protectors in the left lane have little to fear from competition, but the 83-liter tank also empties at record speed when doing such exercises. Already during the test drives in modest speed ranges on the strictly limited highways of the Sonora desert, around 15 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers were injected into the combustion chambers. On the highway, the twins, weighing over 2,3 tons, will undoubtedly take a generous sip.

The performance explosion, staged up to the remarkably high speed of 7200 revolutions per minute, is accompanied by a sound image that BMW, in typical brand reluctance, describes as “emotionally powerful”. Incidentally, we think that the eight-stage ZF converter automatic would also tolerate more emotional programming. Compared to the regular X5 and X6 models, the chassis is stiffened and completely revised, and in conjunction with the rear-wheel-drive all-wheel drive and the perfectly supportive stability control, it ensures neutral to slightly overriding driving behavior, depending on the driving mode, with which the expert can initiate controlled drifts and keep them there without any problems can. Rotatable stabilizers almost completely eliminate the side roll in fast corners.

In the cockpit: sporty flair of the best quality

The driving characteristics can be modified in an almost confusing variety and then placed on two red paddles. And right underneath is the display for the optional "Driving Assistant", which incidentally has little understanding if the driver does not rest his hands permanently on the upper steering wheel rim, which he documents with an excited flashing. It is advisable to switch off the system and to drive the vehicle independently from the start without assistance, but with the necessary attention.

The voice assistant - a gadget of dubious value - insists on being spoken with "Hey BMW". Despite all the sportiness, comfort does not fall by the wayside. The elegantly leather-covered chairs offer plenty of lateral support, but do not distinguish themselves with undue harshness. And the headroom is more than sufficient with the X6. Our test vehicle was In contrast to the X5, it is equipped with an elegant, frameless interior mirror, which should always be standard in this price range.

The powerful sister models are not cheap: the BMW X5 M already costs 128.100 euros, the competition version comes to 141.400 euros and for an X6 Competition a proud 144.200 euros have to change hands. This will not reassure the equality apostles mentioned at the outset, but the climate protectionists should be written into the family register: Without these profit margins of such sensational top SUVs, the industry could hardly afford to roll out the electrification on a broad scale. However, one should again check exactly whether a clean combustion engine like this V8 is not the better concept for the environment (ampnet).

Specifications BMW X6 M Competition length x width x height (m): 4,94 x 2,02 x 1,69 wheelbase (m): 2,97 engine: V8 petrol engine, 4395 cc, biturbo, direct injection output: 460 kW / 625 hp at 6000 rpm Max. Torque: 750 Nm at 1800-5800 rpm Maximum speed: 250 km / h or 290 km / h (limited) Acceleration 0 to 100 km / h: 3,8 seconds EU average consumption: 12,5 liters Efficiency class: FCO2 emissions : 284 g / km (Euro 6d-Temp) Empty weight / payload: min. 2295 kg / max. 705 kg trunk volume: 580–1530 liters Max. Trailer load: 3000 kg turning circle: 12,8 m tires: 295/35 ZR 21 front, 315/30 ZR 22 rear drag coefficient: 0,37 base price: 144.200 euros

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