Model: 2009 BMW X6 xDrive50i 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8, six-speed automatic, sport activity coupe…
Only pluses: The engine, noise, handling, looks, performance, presence, cool-factor, everything else…
BMW takes its cars very seriously, and is not going to start designing front-wheel drives all of a sudden to save costs. It is not going to take the sporty fun factor out of its cars to save costs. BMW makes cars fun, Christian Bale makes movies worth watching and I salute both.
I previously drove the X6 xDrive35i, the twin-turbo, six-cylinder version of BMW’s Sport Activity Coupe (SAC) and fell in love with it. Sure, it was a little awkwardly shaped and sure it was a little impractical, but it was fun. It made sense!
A few weeks ago I got a call from the lady at BMW wondering if the idea of a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 X6 sounded like something I’d be interested in! Needless to say I was half way to Brisbane BMW before the phone call was over.
So what do you do when you have 24-hours, 300kW, 600Nm, a full tank of fuel and a car that sounds like an Apache helicopter gunship? You go to yoga.
Well, you go to yoga for two hours.
The yoga centre car park went something like this: Prius, Prius, Civic Hybrid, Lexus Hybrid, Prius … twin-turbo V8 BMW. Even when I entered the car park I could sense the other owners were instantly scared, it was like a wolf joining a pack of sheep.
Yoga finished and without a word to anyone after the class I power walked back to the car park, opened the door and sat inside, waited a few seconds, I couldn’t help but smile. I felt like Gollum being reconnected with The Ring.
BMW says it uses about 13.8 litre of fuel per 100km, that may be true if it’s driven by a deaf person. Anyone with even the slightest bit of motoring passion in them will find it excruciatingly hard to avoid stepping on the accelerator just to hear the engine work, and then stepping on it again, and again, and again.
Acceleration is brisk, but it’s not the 0-100km/h time that is exciting (5.4 seconds), it’s the way it will go to 200km/h at the same level of ferocity that makes it addictive.
Paying near $150,000 for a car is the wrong way to think about it. The X6 xDrive50i is not a car. It’s a masterpiece of German engineering in a stealth suit.
The Bluetooth phone integration is buggy. For example if you’re reversing and a call comes in, it simply doesn’t let you pick it up, yet it will keep ringing. Sometimes I would try and pick up a call and while sound would be received it would not transmit – and yes, my phone was on the supported phone list.
In the end let’s see the specifications:
Engine: 4395cc twin-turbo V8 (MSD85)
Power: 300kW @ 5500-6400 rpm
Torque: 600Nm @ 1750-4500 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Driven Wheels: All-wheel-drive
Brakes: Discs with ABS, EBA & EBD
Top Speed: 250km/h
0-100km/h: 5.4 seconds
CO2 Emissions: 299 grams per kilometre
Fuel Consumption: 13.8 litres per 100km (ADR)
Fuel Consumption: 17.6 litres per 100km (As Tested)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 85 litres
Fuel Type: 95+RON petrol
ANCAP Rating: Not tested
Airbags: front, side, head all-round, crash-activated headrests at the front
Safety: ESP, brake pre-tensioning, brake drying, hill-start assistant, brake fade compensation
Spare Wheel: space saver
Cargo Capacity: 570 litres
Tow Capacity: Not listed
Turning Circle: 12.8 metres
Warranty: Three year/unlimited kilometre
Weight: 2190kg (Kerb)
Wheels: 9J x 20-inch light-alloy