This is an astonishing machine. Astonishing price, astonishing performance, astonishingly ill-timed for the current state of our world and our economy. Yet it is an impressive vehicle nonetheless. The level of handling, roadholding, and acceleration in a tall, heavy crossover is otherworldly. I didn't drive the X6 M on a track, but our West Coast editor, Jason Cammisa, has. He says it is surprisingly good in that environment, and its torque-vectoring rear differential does magical things to rotate the X6 M (and its sibling, the X5 M) through corners. For my part, I stormed a few freeway ramps and continually found myself edging over 90 mph on the freeway without intending to.
I was surprised that, at this price, the seats weren't BMW's Comfort Seats and didn't have adjustable thigh bolsters. But once I adjusted them to my preferences, I thought they were quite supportive and comfortable. The headlights are auto-dimming and auto-high-beaming; sometimes they work really well; other times, it takes too long for them to revert to high beams.
For those who follow BMW's M history, the X6 M and the X5 M represent the first time that BMW has offered two things in an M vehicle: all-wheel drive, and a turbocharged engine. That will be more than some purists can stomach. Other performance junkies with the means will find a lot to love here.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor