February 22nd, 2010

What exactly is the BMW X6?

One word sums up the BMW X6 – controversial. When the public first caught sight of the X6 at the 2007 Frankfurt Auto Show, people just stared in bemusement. They would turn to each other and whisper “what is it?!”. BMW describe it as a ‘ground-breaking Sports Activity Coupe’, whereas people from the planet earth call it unnecessary. But this hasn’t stopped the X6 being diluted into yet another variant.

First the big Bimmer was thrown to the eco department, where they dropped an electric motor into it to create a hybrid. Then it made a trip to the fast department, also known as the M-division. But it looks like the latest trip the X6 made was to the accountancy department, because they have made bits for it that makes it more expensive for not a lot of gain.

The BMW Performance accessories include power upgrades and bits you can have glued on to make it look sportier. The amount of extra horses you can put under your bonnet depends on the engine you bought with your X6. If you decided to go for the xDrive35i model, you can gain an additional 20 horsepower and 37 pound-feet of torque. But if you went for the larger xDrive50i you get an extra 41 horses giving you 448 in total 479 pound-feet of torque.

As for the visuals, you can get some shiny tail pipes, a tiny boot spoiler and the most ridiculous accessory I have ever seen on a car list – fins along the rear window in matt black. These obviously have no real aerodynamic benefit and look bloody stupid, so only people with small penises or footballers will tick that box.

But all these accessories won’t help answer the question, ‘what is the BMW X6?’. In all honesty I don’t even think BMW know what it is. They keep on making new additions to try and make it appeal to as many idiots as possible – and sadly – it seems to be working.

For me the BMW Performance accessories pack for the X6 is like giving a Pat Butcher carbon fibre earrings and a pair of spikes. She will still look a bit odd but she can get her jog on a bit easier.