The 2010 BMW X6 M is a wild ride, but who is going to buy it? The X6, which already doesn't sell very well, offers great performance with the 400-hp V-8 in the X6 50i model, which starts at $67,475. BMW demands $89,725 for the X6 M, making it an expensive track toy.
If you're one who is looking for what is surely one of the highest-performance crossovers ever built, however, the 2010 BMW X6 M is a fine choice. Take an already fast crossover and give it the M treatment, and you end up with an extremely fast crossover, one that is capable of beating many sports cars. Despite its size, the X6 M truly is an enthusiast's car. A lot of people will likely have no idea how capable the X6 M is; to them, it will be just another crossover on the road. For those who do know the differences between an X6 M and other X6 models, like the guy in the E30-series BMW M3 who gave me thumbs up, it's definitely something to admire.
The interior of the four-passenger X6 M doesn't differ much from other X6s, either, not that this is a bad thing, since the standard X6 interior is as nice as a 7-series cabin. One noticeable difference, though, is the big, heated, M steering wheel with paddle shifters. BMW does it the right way: the right paddle is for upshifting, and the left paddle is for downshifting, which is the instinctual setup. Although the front seats look great, I found them very hard and uncomfortable after an hour at the wheel, and they don't have as much lateral support as I would expect in a vehicle with this level of cornering capability.
While I'm amazed by the acceleration, cornering, and braking performance of the X6 M, for the asking price, I'd like a little more utility out of my 5324-lb, high-riding crossover. That's why I'm looking forward to driving the X5 M, which has the same powertrain and chassis upgrades, but seats seven and has more cargo space.
Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator