Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BMW Magic Makes the X6 So Desirable

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

BMW Magic Makes the X6 So Desirable

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Byline: By CHRIS RUSSON

A MAKESHIFT handling track on a disused runway at a decommissioned nuclear power station is an unlikely place to demonstrate groundbreaking automotive technology.

But for BMW, the exercise at Dounreay on the northern-most tip of the British mainland proved the point.

Once again the German marque has turned the car world on its head - this time by making an off-roader perform like a sports car.

BMW calls it Dynamic Performance Control and the system has spawned a new category of car - the Sports Activity Coupe.

The high-tech set up is the magic ingredient in BMW's new X6, a fastback version of the X5 4x4 - and a classy car it is.

On sale from May 31 and priced from pounds 41,965, the X6 is aimed at an upmarket audience.

The X6 will compete against the likes of the Range Rover Sport and the Porsche Cayenne but realistically there is no other car like it.

That's down to the aggressive styling BMW has employed in creating the slithery lines of the X6. It is a true coupe and a four seater at that - and BMW knows it will be a niche model with sales of only around 1,600 a year in Britain.

From the front it has the same menacing presence of the latest X5 but in profile the X6 is one for the discerning.

At launch there will be two diesel versions both using BMW's three-litre six cylinder engine one rated at 235bhp and the other, with more turbo boost, at 286. The more powerful model is priced from pounds 44,145.

Initially only one petrol engine will be available, again a three-litre and priced from pounds 42,730. A 4.4-litre flagship X6 will arrive later in the year and that is said to be quick enough to out run a Porsche Boxster, although prices are still to be announced.

All versions are turbo charged making it the first time BMW has introduced an entire range with boosted engines.

Despite their high performance - even the entry level xDrive30d can manage 0 to 60mph in less than eight seconds - both diesels will average around 34 to the gallon with CO emissions of 217 and 220g/km, keeping tax relatively low and making them exempt from the higher rate congestion charge in London. …

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