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Video: Is This The First Diesel-Powered BMW M Series? 5
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, BMW, BMW X6 M, Kurt, video on 12 5th, 2011

Here’s what we know: the video below shows a new variant of the BMW X6 M uber-crossover being wrung out on some entertaining European roads. We can also see that the headlights and taillights will differ from existing X6 M models, but that where the facts end and speculation begins. We’ll go on record as saying the mystery vehicle pictured is likely the world’s first diesel-powered M Series BMW, since the X6 M crossover seems like the ideal place to debut an oil-burning M.

A diesel-powered X6 M has been spotted testing on the Nürburgring, but little is know about what lies beneath its hood. Some say it’s a twin-turbo setup while other sources insist it’s a tri-turbo, bit no one is reporting horsepower figures just yet. Since the gas-burning X6 M makes 555 horsepower and 501 poiund-feet of torque, we’d expect an oil-burner version to have slightly less horsepower but gobs more torque. It may not be as quick as the standard X6 M, but it will certainly be more fuel efficient than 12 mpg city and 17 mpg highway.

Like a reggae-ska-death metal-polka band, the BMW X6 M is awfully difficult to categorize, which makes it the perfect candidate for a diesel-burning heart transplant. BMW is clear that this is just the first video in a series, so we’ll be sure to give you updates as soon as they’re posted.

M6XR Twin Turbo from Manhart Racing Announced 8
Posted by Alex Ion in Alcantara, Automotive News, BMW X6 M, M6XR Twin Turbo, Manhart Racing on 09 8th, 2010

The M6XR Twin Turbo based on the BMW X6 M has been announced by Manhart Racing.  In standard form, the SUV’s 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 engine develops a tremendous 555 PS (408 kW / 547 bhp) and 500 lb-ft (678 Nm).  The vehicle has a top speed of 275 km/h (170 mph).

Bavarian engine constructor Günther Manhart has overhauled the engine electronics including DME control and new calibrations for the new stainless steel exhaust system with four 90 mm tailpipes and two 200-cell HJS racing catalytic converters.

Power has increased to 687 PS, and with the vehicle weighing in at 2380 kg (5247 lbs), this makes the power to weight ratio f 3.4 kg per hp. This helps the Manhart M6XR get to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 319 km/h (198 mph). Four Manhart RS sports rims 11J x 23 fitted with 315/25 ZR23 tires have been incorporated.

The chassis lowers the centre of gravity by approximately 30 mm and has been manufactured by Manhart. Braking has been upgraded to 395 mm discs and six-piston calipers at the front, and 375 mm discs with four-piston calipers at the rear.

Users can go for the full-leather interior option that has an Alcantara roof and door linings, to go with the characteristically clinical interior of the X6 M that has numerous Klavierlack double-coat clear finish trimmings.

(Via WCF)