Feature Flick: BMW Continues to Tease Rumored Diesel-Powered X6 M

The rumor mill has been hard at work on what’s coming next out of BMW’s high-performance M division. What has been most recently hypothesized has been a diesel-powered M vehicle, and BMW has only helped to fuel the fire with a set of teaser videos showing a blurred-out X6. Earlier this month, BMW released a minute-long video showing an X6 driving along serpentine roads and tracks with its front and rear fascias, mirrors, exhausts, and badge blurred out. Most notable was the fact that the badge was long – possibly denoting the rumored tri-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder diesel powerplant slated for M models. There are reportedly plans for the Munich-based automaker to make a diesel-powered performance variant of the 5 Series that could end up wearing the M550dX badge, so it wouldn’t be a far stretch for the same powerplant to make its way into the X6. The proposed oil-burner could potentially offer 318 hp and a massive 516 lb-ft of torque. While it would be less than the 555 hp and 500 lb-ft currently offered in the X6 M, a diesel would yield much better fuel economy and a longer cruising range. The second video, titled “Step 2,” includes sound bites from BMW M head of global sales and marketing Brian Watts and M director of sales Thomas Schemera declaring that the new X6 variant “looks like a sports machine, sounds like a sports machine” and “turns any road into a racetrack.” Most importantly, Watts says that it is “deserves the M badge.” We also get a quick tease of the X6’s exhaust note. It sounds deep and throaty, and we can definitely hear some form of forced induction. Check out the video below to hear for yourself and let us know what you think may be under the hood of this revised X6. Source: YouTube Click here for video

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