Old vs New: 2015 BMW X6 M Compared to the Original [Photo Comparison]

Back in 2009, BMW was introducing the first M cars that used turbocharged engines. They were adopted by the BMW community better than expected but, after all, these were already shallow waters considering the models that used these plants in the first place.
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Since BMW introduced the first SUV on the market, fans started talking about the sacrilege that had happened. We’re guessing it was only natural to introduce the first turbocharged M engines on the same sacrilegious models to make the transition easier.

Therefore, the X5 M and X6 M cars were unveiled with the S63 engine. It was a plant that made 555 HP and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque, setting new benchmarks in terms of torque in Munich. This year, the story repeats itself, the upgraded version of the engine introduced on the new X6 M being the torquiest ever made by BMW.

5 years later we’re looking at 575 HP and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque and a whole new design. As you can see, the evolution is quite noticeable from every angle you look at the cars. Up front, the new fascia shows bigger headlights, connected to the kidney grilles.

Speaking of which, these are now sporting double-slate bars as opposed to the original that had singles. Furthermore, also noticeable from the front are the new mirrors that mimic those introduced on the M3 and M4.

Round the back things look more like an evolution than a revolution, with the taillights going more towards the current trend in Munich and with some huge reflectors on the sides.

What the performance?

That’s where the biggest changes show up. First of all, the new SAC has an 8-speed M Steptronic gearbox with Drivelogic. This allows it to be 20 percent more fuel efficient and show an even bigger increase in terms of CO2 emissions.

The old model used to have a 6-speed Steptronic unit hooked up to the xDrive system. Going down to the pure numbers, the 2015 X6 M will do 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds while the old one was quoted at 4.7 seconds.

In terms of fuel consumption, the E71 was rated at 13.9 l/100 km (16.9 mpg) combined while the F86 will do 21.2 mpg (11.1 /100 km). Not that it would matter all that much but it does help you stay away from the gas stations.

The new model will make a first appearance in the flesh at the LA Auto Show. If you’re interested, you should know that the prices start at $103,050 in the US.
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