In 1978, BMW launched its first M car, the M1. Enthusiasts have been pleading for a new mid-engined supercar, but in the meantime, BMW is keeping itself busy with profitable performance off-roaders, like this 2020 BMW X6 M which we recently spotted testing in downtown Munich.
Even though it's largely based on the new X5, the X6 already has considerable character. The addition of the M badge to it can only enhance that further. For example, BMW has shrunken the LED halo signature of the X6 M’s headlights. Below that, it sports large air intakes with styling inspired by the M5. On to the side, we noticed standard M blue calliper brakes and a new wing mirror. With chunky fender flares, this sports activity coupe is sure to be a hit.
Meanwhile, the back of the new X6 M features the trademark quad exhaust pipes, as well as a small trunk lid spoiler and narrow taillights. Those pipes are connected to a 4.4-litre V8 engine, which will produce at least 600 horsepower and 750 Nm right out of the box, with a competition package adding about 25hp further down the line.
The performance SUV segment is filled with contenders at the moment, some of whom are likely to be more powerful than the X6 M, such as the next GLE 63 S. But as seen with the M5 vs the E63, BMW can still offer something special.