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Introduced to the world as a ground-breaking idea in the summer of 2008, the debut of BMW’s X6 Sports Activity Coupe was an immediate success that will no doubt continue with the 2010 model year.

Photo: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity CoupePhoto: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity Coupe

This all-new addition to BMW’s very successful SAV line has redefined the very notion of a coupe—with five doors and four sculpted seats, a higher ride and loads of cargo space. It defies coupe conventions in one jaw-dropping look, combining coupe agility and SAV versatility, taking the coupe to a higher level.

Photo: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity CoupePhoto: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity Coupe

Updates for the the 2010 model year include BMW’s 4th-generation iDrive controller and updated optional Navigation system (including high-resolution 8.8” center display and 80GB media server). The power-operated tailgate and HD radio become standard. The optional rear view camera has been enhanced to include a Top View perspective and Automatic High Beam, headlights are newly available as an option.

Photo: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity CoupePhoto: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity Coupe

In addition to the new ActiveHybrid X6, which is described in detail elsewhere, the 2010 BMW X6 will again be available in its two previous engine variants: the xDrive50i (4.4 V8 engine, 400 hp, 450lb.-ft torque), which starts at $68,075; and the xDrive35i (3.0 inline six-cylinder engine, 300 hp, 300 lb.-ft torque), starts at $57,375, both with Twin Turbo and direct injection. Also available for 2010 is a Performance Upgrade for both models that provides an extra measure of horsepower and torque.

Photo: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity CoupePhoto: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity Coupe

Power and control: An unparalled driving experience
The BMW X6 employs BMW’s proven intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology with electronic control to vary the distribution of drive power between the front and rear axles, instantaneously adjusting to driving conditions. However, the X6 takes xDrive a step further with the introduction of Dynamic Performance Control. Featured for the first time on the BMW X6, DPC ensures variable distribution of drive forces between the two rear wheels. DPC incorporates an advanced computer control and an innovative rear differential incorporating two planetary gearsets and two clutch packs that enable the system to multiply torque on an individual rear wheel. The result is that DPC can help steer the vehicle by directing torque to either of the rear wheels. An industry first, this cutting-edge technology is effective whether the driver is accelerating or decelerating and significantly enhances steering precision and, as a result, the agility of the vehicle at any speed. In fast corners with abrupt steering maneuvers or with the driver suddenly releasing the gas pedal, DPC serves to improve the stability of the entire vehicle, thus allowing the driver to safely enjoy new dimensions of driving dynamics, Finally, on slippery or uneven surfaces, DPC provides the further advantage of even safer and more stable traction.

Photo: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity CoupePhoto: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity Coupe

The new V8 engine with Twin Turbo technology and high precision direct injection, now shared with the BMW 7 Series and 550i Gran Turismo, made its world debut in the X6. Displacing 4.4 liters, this eight-cylinder offers maximum engine output of 400 hp and peak torque of 450 lb-ft available over an unusually large range of engine speed from 1,750–4,500 rpm.

In addition to its impressive performance, this was the first eight-cylinder gasoline engine in the world to feature its turbocharger in the V-section between the two rows of cylinders.

Hence, the BMW Sports Activity Coupe is capable of delivering the performance that is hinted at by dynamic yet elegance design.

Unique design: dynamic line, powerful presence.
In its design, the BMW X6 definitely offers all the DNA of a genuine BMW X model interpreted, however, in a brand-new, dynamic style. As noted, the design language of this new model is the perfect reflection of the outstanding driving characteristics offered by the BMW X6.

Front end with clear and dynamic orientation to the road.
Just one look at the front end of BMW’s new Sports Activity Coupe reveals the powerful presence of this unique vehicle. More surfaces finished in body color make the front end look lower and even more dynamic. The BMW DNA is also demonstrated in the design of the hood and in the vertically positioned BMW kidney grille, with fins finished in a sophisticated titanium color on the xDrive50i and in black on the xDrive35i.

Photo: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity CoupePhoto: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity Coupe

Large air intakes are positioned near the corners for more than just meeting the cooling requirements of the powerful engines. Their position accentuate the wide stance of the X6 and give the front end a very aggressive demeaner.

The headlights themselves merge in a dynamic sweeping line into the fenders. The surface of the hood is divided by striking lines which taper out toward the BMW kidney grille like the borderlines of the engine compartment lid at the sides.

Side view: dynamic roofline, muscular surfaces.
No view of the vehicle is more unique to the X6 than its profile. For example, the short body overhang at the front emphasizes the dynamic look of the vehicle. The roof line, which tapers out gently towards the rear and the long body overhang across the rear flanks, add to the stretched silhouette of a genuine coupe.

At the rear, the side window frame features the “counter-swing” at the bottom of the D-pillar, so well-known as the “Hofmeister kink” and chrome surrounds on the windows distinguish the BMW X6 xDrive50i from the xDrive 35i.

The high waistline and powerfully contoured wheel arches both front and rear, are further evidence of BMW X model DNA. The effect is to move the visual center of gravity to the middle of the vehicle, highlighting its xDrive all-wheel drive.

While the lines at the side highlight the elegance of the vehicle, the special design of the surface gives the BMW X6 a particularly powerful look from this perspective. Striking interaction of the concave and convex surfaces emphasize the muscular look of the vehicle, providing the BMW X6 with an excellent balance of visual power and stylish presence.

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Strong shoulders and a powerful stance from the rear.
From behind, the BMW X6 offers a combination of elegance, sportiness and robustness all in perfect harmony. On the one hand, the ride height leaves no doubt that this is a member of the BMW X family and yet the vehicle proportions are typical of what one would expect of of a coupe.

The entire rear end is subdivided by horizontal lines giving the rear end a wider look and emphasizing the powerful stance and road-holding of the vehicle. The greenhouse with its sloping rear window tapers out smoothly towards the rear, with the tailgate featuring a distinct air flow lip. These are cues that one would normally associate with a coupe.

Even the design of the rear light clusters takes the unique character of the BMW X6 into account. The L-shape typical of a BMW X model has been re-interpreted and been given an element of style all their own.

Sportiness and luxury within the interior.
The interior of the BMW X6 offers a unique synthesis of luxury, sporting dynamics, and powerful style. Tense surfaces blending into one another symbolize the active character of BMW’s Sports Activity Coupe, sporting features such as kneepads on both sides of the center console, standard shift paddles on the sports steering wheel, and the fine scale on the circular instruments all create an excitingly different driving experience in the BMW X6 both on the road and off the beaten track.

With its four-passenger seating, the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe is further distinguished from the other BMW X Models. The individual rear seats are separated from one another through the center console, the high-rising side supports, and the integrated headrests on all four seats. As a BMW X model, the X6 offers all four occupants an elevated, commanding seating position for the ride heigh and visibility that one expects of a vehicle of this type.

The BMW X6 is the only vehicle in the segment of BMW X models to feature a sports steering wheel with gearshift paddles, which enable the driver to shift gears manually on the six-speed automatic transmission, as standard equipment. Multifunction buttons on the sport steering wheel operate the telephone and audio systems quickly, smoothly and without distraction, while two additional buttons may be programmed individually according to the driver’s personal preferences.

The instrument panel is dominated by dual round instruments with fine scales reminiscent of motorsport as clear visual reference to the sporting character of the BMW X6. The galvanized trim rings on the instrument panel accentuate the exclusive character of the vehicle’s interior. The same high-quality metal shimmer may be seen on the rotary knobs, the door openers, on the gearshift lever knob, and on the brackets within the air vents.

The kneepads on the center console offer the driver and front passenger additional stability in maneuvers in city traffic and when driving off-road under tough conditions.

Lots of space, lots of customization options.
Wide opening rear doors facilitate access to the two rear seats, while head-room in the rear is unusually generous for a coupe—headroom of 37.2 inches guarantees comfort and convenience, even for tall passengers.

A wide range of materials and colors highlighting the sporting character of the BMW X6 adds to the individual style and personality of this unique vehicle. The exterior paintwork, for example, comes in a choice of no less than ten colors. Eleven leather options and three trim options ensure a wide range of individual style and choice inside as well.

Trim in ash grain has been created especially for BMW’s Sports Activity Coupe. And while the wood variants exude a particular touch of discreet exclusivity, the sweeping polish on the aluminum version shows a clear and distinct reference to motorsport.

The passenger and luggage compartment on the BMW X6 are distinctly separated from one another in the usual style one would expect of a fully-fledged coupe. Offering 25.6 cu ft of storage space, the luggage compartment behind the rear seats of the BMW X6 is far larger than in a conventional coupe, providing enough space to store four full-size golf bags — even with four people riding in the vehicle.

BMW’s Sports Activity Coupe boasts a hard, folding cover for the luggage compartment that can be folded and stowed beneath the floor for convenient transportation of bulky objects. To increase the transport capacity available, the rear-seat backrests may be folded down in an asymmetric split, expanding loading capacity to a substantial 59.7 cu ft.

The automatic tailgate opening and closing function is now standard on the 2010 BMW X6 allowing the driver to vary the final position of the tailgate when open. This helps to reduce the risk of damage, for example in an underground garage with a low ceiling.

BMW iDrive, 4th generation: new graphics and controls.

* New controller concept, high-resolution 8.8-in. control display.
* Optimized menu structures, high-resolution graphics, expanded range of functions.
* Greater convenience and more intuitive operation via direct-select keys at the controller, plus more Programmable Memory Keys.

Photo: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity CoupePhoto: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity Coupe

Standard in the X6 xDrive50i and included with the optional Navigation system in the X6 xDrive35i is BMW’s latest version of iDrive controller. iDrive enters its 4th generation building upon this pioneering development, while making it more natural, more intuitive, simpler and more elegant in its functionality – and more esthetically pleasing and enjoyable.

More intuitive operation, expanded functions.
With the 2002 7 Series, BMW initiated a new direction in the control of vehicle features and functions; via a multi-menu color display and a mouse-like controller usable by driver and passenger alike, a potentially crowded landscape of buttons and knobs was supplanted by a computer-logic control path.

An overarching attribute of iDrive was the separation of control (via the console controller) and display (the centrally placed iDrive monitor). This basic arrangement remains; the controller has been further developed and the display has evolved markedly.

Positioned centrally in the instrument panel, the new control display sets higher standards for logical, readily understood menus and attractive graphics. The controller has been refined for comfortable, intuitive selection and activation of functions via standardized turn, push and tilt motions, while being augmented with new direct-selection keys for specific menus, plus more of the Programmable Memory Keys that were added to the system.

Greater functionality, satisfying to use: controller with direct-selection keys.
Benefiting from the newest biomechanics R&D, the state-of-the-art controller operates with tactile precision and clearly structured motions. New control elements, menu schemes and graphic representations in the control display become evident upon first use, yet user appreciation grows over the longer term. A graphic depiction of the controller in the display itself helps orient the user to the next control step; the rotation, pressing and tipping motions generally correspond to those of a computer mouse.

Thus interpreted, rotation of the controller takes the user through menu selections; pressing it makes the choice. Tilting the controller to the left or right effects navigation through various menu levels. Via clear graphic organization in the form of stacked layers and onscreen depiction of controller movements, the user enjoys highly intuitive navigation. All menus are structured according to a consistent scheme, so that one is almost immediately at ease; menus are broad so that the user can view relatively numerous options without switching to another level. Also, functions are arranged so that in longer-term use the most important options are reached more rapidly.

An additional new refinement is four direct-selection keys, placed adjacent to the controller, for the most frequently used menus. These allow quick selection of CD, radio, phone and navigation menus, and are augmented by three further keys of general utility: one takes the user directly to the start menu (MENU), one to the most recently active menu (BACK), and the third (OPTION) presents various options within the current area. Thus searches are likely to be shorter, or unnecessary.

Familiar and proven, yet now more useful: Programmable Memory Keys.
An iDrive enhancement recently introduced in various BMW models represents a further user convenience: Programmable Memory Keys. Lined up above the audio controls, these allow the user to capture and store favorite or frequently used functions (radio stations, phone numbers, navigation destinations for example) on various keys and recall them instantly. The stored functions can be as specific and detailed as a navigation map in the preferred scale or an audio balance setting. And because the keys are sensitive not just to being pressed but also to being merely touched, one can see the stored function on the control display by lightly touching the key. If it’s the right one, the user need only press the key and it’s there, ready to use.

High-resolution display, preview maps and full-screen images.
With its 8.8-in., high-resolution monitor, the new iDrive displays remarkably attractive images. It’s a system appropriate to the vehicle it’s in, achieved via up-to-date hard- and software. White-on-black menu lists; effective symbols and icons; contemporary graphics; and clear, consistent color-coding are among the elements that enhance not only function but also esthetics.

Menu structures, too, make finding desired functions easier. In the Start Menu, all functional areas served by iDrive are listed. Selecting a given item leads to its menu layer, where the options of that level are also listed. This consistency in navigation assists in orienting the user, as does the “stacking” of menu layers in the display. Visual assists further contribute to clarity. And if the user gets to a place where he or she didn’t mean to be, the Back key usually reverses the error.

User-friendlier Navigation.
This overall refinement of functionality means simpler and more enjoyable use of the optional Navigation. Full-screen map displays offer outstandingly detailed views of the geography; maps as well as specific symbols can be shown in 3-dimensional form. Selected points of interest along the travel route appear with near-photographic realism.

Mere input of destinations reveals the new system’s impressive capabilities. If the destination appears on a list in the system, a preview map appears as the user scrolls the list; this can help distinguish between places with similar or identical names. If a destination (or a phone number) needs to be entered manually, this is done with a new, circular “speller” that makes the entry go more quickly.

Convenient combination of voice entry and controller operation.
Yet, another iDrive innovation is its ability to combine voice and controller entry called Multi-mode Input. The user can go back and forth between the two methods, while actually inputting; indeed, voice recognition can remain active during input via controller and the user can modify an input via voice. Voice recognition – BMW calls it Voice Command – is activated by its function key on the steering wheel, and de-activated either upon completion of the action or by pressing the key again. Voice Command is simplified by visual display of the available commands, yet its capabilities go further in that numerous synonyms of these commands are also recognized.

Photo: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity CoupePhoto: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity Coupe

This newly enhanced iDrive introduces a very significant step forward in the operation of automotive features and functions. Greater efficiency, improved logic and clear, attractive displays help define and advance the X5’s unique product character.

Perfect combination of superior dynamics and outstanding comfort.
A unique vehicle and a unique driving experience, the BMW X6 offers the best of both worlds. In terms of driving dynamics, the first-ever Sports Activity Coupe offers dimensions defined by a considerable enhancement of agility, unique stability in fast corners and safe traction on slippery surfaces. Powerful engines, BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive technology, Dynamic Stability Control, optional Active Steering and Adaptive Drive, as well as Dynamic Performance Control, all set the foundation for unparalleled driving dynamics.

Driving dynamics with intelligent control: Integrated Chassis Management.
The vehicle’s drivetrain and suspension systems interact perfectly with BMW’s Integrated Chassis Management. This high-performance electronic control ensures perfect harmony of drivetrain and suspension functions within fractions of a second, spelling out maximum driver control and performance anywhere, anytime.

Even under a sudden change in driving conditions – for example on varying surfaces, in sudden steering maneuvers, when accelerating or applying the brake abruptly – ICM reacts with the utmost precision to the xDrive, DSC and Dynamic Performance Control actuators and to the Active Steering when fitted. In all cases, the nature and scope of such intervention is appropriately controlled to ensure not just maximum driving stability, but also optimum dynamics.

All of BMW’s X models owe their outstanding agility largely to the performance and capabilities of ICM. The central control unit has an even greater and more progressive influence on driving dynamics in new BMW X6, since it is also able to use the actuators serving BMW’s Dynamic Performance Control. Depending on driving conditions and with fully variable management, the power of the engine is no longer split “just” between the front and rear axle, but also – through Dynamic Performance Control – between the left and right rear wheel, feeding additional power to the wheel which can best convey it to the road.

This drive technology, quite unique in the market enhances the agility, steering precision and tracking stability of the vehicle in corners as well as its traction on slippery surfaces, significantly improving driving dynamics in all cases and under all conditions.

As a result, Dynamic Stability Control is only required to cut in by applying the brakes electively on the appropriate wheel or wheels when the vehicle really reaches the extreme limits of driving physics. The world’s first Sports Activity Coupe thus offers the driver the ability to handle even the most demanding driving situations with sporting style and dynamic performance never seen before.

The drivetrain and suspension technology of the BMW X6 ensures the highest conceivable level of safety, precision and driving pleasure on all surfaces whether rough or smooth. The foundation for this is provided by suspension technology unique in the segment of BMW X models. The front axle, for example, is a double wishbone control arm configuration applying the double-pivot principle for dynamic lateral acceleration, superior tracking stability and minimization of forces acting on the steering wheel. Appropriate front axle kinematics, in turn, ensure optimum front wheel camber on the road at all times. The BMW X6 maintains grip and road-holding even under the most dynamic conditions.

At the rear, the BMW X6 features BMW’s patented Integral IV suspension which blends superior comfort with great driving dynamics. This lightweight construction has been specifically optimized for the Sports Activity Coupe in many respects, with the entire rear suspension configuration appropriately adjusted to the specific demands of this model.

The wheel mounts, rear sub frame and four track arms efficiently take up both the dynamic and the drive forces flowing into the suspension, reducing any elastic distortion of the wheel mounts, while soft swinging mounts provide appropriate longitudinal suspension and optimize the roll quality of the wheels. By effectively separating the road surface from the drivetrain the rear suspension helps to ensure first-class noise control and ride comfort.

The BMW X6 comes with standard 19-inch light-alloy wheels. Also standard are run-flat tires, which enable continued driving even after a complete loss of pressure in any tire. The Tire Pressure Monitor system constantly monitors air pressure and warns the driver as soon as the air pressure in any tire drops more than 30 percent below the ideal level.

BMW xDrive: intelligent AWD for enhanced dynamics and optimum traction.
Permanent all-wheel drive with electronically controlled, variable distribution of drive power between the front and rear axles gives all BMW X models not only superior traction, but enhanced driving dynamics as well. BMW xDrive acts as an intelligent all-wheel-drive system by distributing drive power front to rear by way of an electronically controlled multiple-plate clutch according to driving conditions, in exactly the right dosage and to the axle with grip.

Photo: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity CoupePhoto: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity Coupe

In normal driving situations BMW xDrive distributes drive power in a 40:60 split front-to-rear, with sensors consistently measuring wheel slip. Hence, the system is able within a fraction of a second to vary the distribution of drive forces, anticipating the upcoming situation and not just responding once a wheel has started to spin. This serves to stabilize the vehicle even before the driver notices any need for action.

On the X6 with Dynamic Performance Control, handling and stability are further enhanced with the ability to multiply torque to an individual rear wheel for yaw control. With the combination of xDrive and Dynamic Performance Control, the X6 is able to counteract even the slightest trend to over- or under-steer right from the start, at the earliest conceivable point, benefiting the driver’s sense of driving dynamics and security.

Unparalleled agility and tracking stability thanks to xDrive and Dynamic Performance Control.
The positive effect of Dynamic Performance Control on the agility of the BMW X6 can be felt right from the start. In conventional everyday traffic, the vehicle steers into corners with great precision at any speed.

DPC likewise enhances the handling and, indeed, the overall control of the BMW X6 in sudden steering maneuvers and at particularly high speeds in corners. If the vehicle begins to understeer or push to the outside of a corner BMW xDrive and DPC will shift torque to the outside rear wheel in order to counteract the understeer. On the other hand, if the vehicle threatens to over-steer, xDrive reduces the transmission of power to the rear wheels then the DPC transfers torque and drive forces from the outer rear wheel and diverts these forces to the inner rear wheel.

This intervention is so quick and finely controlled that the driver will not even notice what is happening. What the driver will notice, however, is that the BMW X6 has exceptional steering precision and vehicle balance all the way to the extreme limit.

Unique: Dynamic Performance Control enhances steering precision even when the driver’s foot is off the gas pedal.
Another unique benefit of Dynamic Performance Control is that engine power and torque are split variably between the rear wheels whether the driver’s foot is on or off of the accelerator. This is made possible by the addition of a planetary gear set and a multiple-plate clutch operated by an electric motor on both output sides of the rear differential. With this configuration DPC is able to vary the distribution of drive power even when the driver’s foot is off the accelerator. The BMW X6 was the first vehicle in the world to offer such a stabilizing effect independent of engine load and drive power.

DPC also serves to optimize traction on a slippery surface. With its ability to vary the transmission of engine power specifically as required between the two rear wheels, DPC serves to improve traction and pulling force whenever the vehicle is running on different surfaces from one side to the other, for instance, with asphalt on one side and a snowy surface on the other. Any differences in the frictional coefficient between the wheels on the left and right (modal split) are offset by DPC specifically controlling drive forces on the rear axle.

The driver can observe the interaction of xDrive and DPC in an instrument cluster pictogram. By simply pressing the lever on the steering column, the driver is informed of the current distribution of drive power via a bar diagram showing how much power is going to each of the four drive wheels at any given point in time.

DSC intervenes only when driving to the limit.
The difference in drive forces between the two rear wheels provided by Dynamic Performance Control can be as high as 1327 lbs-ft (1800 Newton-meters). But even then, all the driver will feel when DPC intervenes is a – significant – increase in agility, traction and driving stability. As a result of DPC’s intervention, the Dynamic Stability Control intervenes much less frequently than before. In practice, this means that the driver is able to use the full drive power and torque of the engine much longer than with a conventional system. DSC will intervene on individual wheels or by reducing engine power only when the driver really pushes the vehicle to the extreme limits of physical performance.

In addition, DSC in the new BMW X6 offers a wide range of additional functions serving to promote safe and dynamic motoring including: ABS anti-lock brakes; Automatic Stability Control; Trailer Stability Control; Hill Descent Control; Cornering Brake Control and Dynamic Brake Control, automatically maximizing brake pressure when required in the interest of minimum stopping distances.

The DSC system in the BMW X6 has the ability to serve as an electronic limited slip diferential for improved acceleration. Fade Compensation can increase brake pressure under extremely high brake temperatures to maintain consistant brake forces. Brake Drying, in turn, optimizes brake performance in wet conditions by periodically lightly applying the brakes to dry the rotors, while the Start-Off Assistant prevents roll-back on an uphill grade.

The BMW X6 features a parking brake operating both electromechanically and hydraulically, activated or released simply by pushing a button.

Reflecting the high standard of driving dynamics offered by the BMW X6, DSC also comes with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) as a special function. DTC raises the DSC response thresholds to a higher level, allowing a particularly sporting and active style of motoring, and enabling the driver to set off smoothly on snow or in loose sand with the drive wheels intentionally spinning slightly.

Active Steering for improved maneuverability and stability.
The BMW X6 is also available with Active Steering as an option. This system, developed by BMW, offers the optimal steering ratio at all speeds. At low speeds, such as when parking, the driver only has to turn the steering wheel twice from lock to lock. At higher speeds, on the other hand, Active Steering offers a more indirect transmission ratio in the interest of steady directional stability and, as a result, enhanced driving comfort.

On the BMW X6, Active Steering is combined with Servotronic, making an active contribution in stabilizing the vehicle in the event of over-steer in bends or particularly demanding braking maneuvers. When applying the brakes on different surfaces left and right, Active Steering counter-steers discreetly but firmly to enhance stability.

Unique: Adaptive Drive with data transfer via FlexRay.
Carefully harmonized interaction of the vehicle’s anti-roll bars and dampers controlled by Adaptive Drive is another unique feature in the segment of BMW X models. This combination of active body roll control and variable shock absorber adjustment, Electronic Damping Control (EDC) available as part of the optional Sport Package gives the new BMW X6 incomparable driving behavior.

Adaptive Drive constantly monitors and calculates data on road speed, the steering angle, longitudinal and lateral acceleration, body and wheel velocity, as well as ride and shock absorber position. Applying this information, the system acts directly on the anti-roll bar swivel motors and the electromagnetic valves in the EDC shocks, varying body roll and the damping effect appropriately at all times and in all situations. Simply by pressing a button, the driver is able to choose either a sporting or a comfortable setting on Adaptive Drive.

BMW Adaptive Drive uses high-speed FlexRay data transmission for fast and reliable coordination of data. This system, developed to production standard by a consortium under the leadership of BMW, offers a standard of data transfer capacity never seen before – and BMW is the first automaker in the world to use FlexRay technology in a regular production vehicle.

True BMW performance in both the xDrive35i and xDrive50i.
Both available powertrains match the suspension for its sophistication and dynamic character. The engines available in the first Sports Activity Coupe set standards themselves in terms of performance, smoothness, and outstanding efficiency in their respective class. Both the xDrive35i and xDrive50i feature Twin Turbo technology engines, representing the latest in state of the art engine technology—with the power range extending from 300 hp to 400 hp.

Both the 4.4-liter V8 in the BMW X6 xDrive50i and the 3.0-liter inline six in the X6 xDrive35i feature the benefits from the combination of Twin Turbo technology and High Precision Injection. The principle of combining two turbochargers and direct gasoline injection, applied for the first time on the inline six, is now also working its magic on the new V8.

A class of its own: The new V8 with Twin Turbo Technology.
BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 made its debut in the BMW X6. With Twin Turbo technology and direct gasoline injection (High Precision Injection), this engine develops its maximum output of 400 hp throughout a broad range of engine speed from 5,500–6,400 rpm. Engine torque reaches its peak of 450 lb-ft throughout an unusually large rev range from 1,750–4,500 rpm. This sustained thrust is the result of Twin Turbo technology already featured on BMW’s most powerful inline six combined with High Precision Injection. The cooling effect of direct fuel injection allows for a very high compression ratio of 10.0:1 – quite unusual on a turbocharged engine. The high compression ratio helps to give the engine its high level of efficiency and performance characteristics.

The position of the turbochargers and catalytic converters in the V-section between the two rows of cylinders is likewise an innovation in technology allowing particularly compact engine dimensions and at the same time requiring new configuration of the intake and exhaust ducts. This means shorter intake and exhaust manifolds and larger cross-sections which significantly reduce pressure losses on both the intake and exhaust side.

The all-aluminum V8 engine, introduced in the BMW X6, offers all the qualities typical of an eight-cylinder in performance and response. In practice, this means a combination of abundant torque at low engine speeds with an ongoing surge of power and performance up to higher speed ranges.

The BMW X6 xDrive50i accelerates from 0–60 mph in just 5.3 seconds and boasts ample power reserves for exceptional acceleration at higher speeds. When equipped with the optional 20 inch wheels with performance tires, the top speed is a truly impressive 155 mph limited electronically by the engine control unit.

Twin Turbo technology featured for the first time on a V8 gasoline engine.
The power and performance characteristics of the new V8 result to a large extent from Twin Turbo technology. The use of two turbochargers serves to boost both engine output and torque with maximum efficiency. Each of the two turbochargers supplies compressed air to four cylinders at a time, ensuring spontaneity and a direct reaction to the gas pedal.

As with the inline six featuring Twin Turbo technology, the “turbo lag” typical of a turbocharged engine with conventional technology, that is the time until the turbocharger builds up its boost, is virtually eliminated through the combination of two small turbos and the direct injection calibration.

Another advantage is that the engine revs up smoothly, maintaining its high torque consistently throughout an unusually broad range of engine speed. In its power and performance characteristics, therefore, the engine is comparable to a significantly larger normally-aspirated engine while offering the advantage of much lower weight and reduced package size.

Not only are the dimensions and weight of the new V8 unusually modest, but the fuel consumption is also exceptionally low for an engine with this much power. A significant factor contributing to the overall efficiency is double-VANOS infinite camshaft management, a technology characteristic of BMW engines. Indeed, this technology is also one of the reasons why the V8 – over and above its superior fuel economy – develops exceptionally high torque from low engine speeds.

High Precision Injection also plays a key role in the efficient use of fuel. This second generation of direct gasoline injection uses piezo-injectors positioned directly next to the spark plugs in the cylinder head which delivers fuel into the combustion chambers at a pressure of 2900 psi. The advantage is extremely precise dosage of fuel, with the further benefit of reduced emissions and improved engine acoustics.

BMW’s most powerful inline-six in the world’s first Sports Activity Coupe.
The second version of the X6 boasts BMW‘s highly acclaimed twin turbo, inline-six cylinder engine. Maximum output of the engine featured in the BMW X6 xDrive35i is 300 hp from an engine capacity of 3.0 liters. This power is maintained consistently between 5,800 and 6,250 rpm, with maximum torque of 300 lb-ft provided all the way from 1,400–5,000 rpm. This gives the six-cylinder outstanding power and performance from an unusually early point on a gasoline engine, subsequently maintaining this high power throughout a broad range of engine speed.

Like the new V8 engine, the engine in the BMW X6 xDrive35i offers the combination of Twin Turbo technology and High Precision Injection for incomparable power and performance, plus a standard of economy quite unique in comparison with the engine’s dynamic driving potential.

On the inline-six with Twin Turbo technology, two turbochargers each supply compressed air to three cylinders. The small mass inertia of the relatively compact turbochargers optimizes response by building up charge pressure without the slightest delay from low engine speeds. The result is a rapid increase in power and torque further promoted by infinitely variable double-VANOS camshaft control.

This characteristic of BMW’s Twin Turbo gasoline engines is unique and offers an exceptionally high standard of power and flexibility on the road. In practice, this allows the driver to use the outstanding torque of the engine right from the start when accelerating, with engine power then remaining consistent over a wide speed range.

The response of the engine is further enhanced by its high compression ratio, again an advantage made possible by High Precision Injection. With the fuel/air mixture cooled as a result of direct injection, the compression ratio can be increased to a higher level than on a turbocharged engine with intake manifold injection. Engine efficiency is improved accordingly, offering more power on less fuel.

The level of power offered by the inline-six with Twin Turbo Technology and High Precision Injection is equal to a level that only a much larger eight-cylinder was able to provide in the past. But at the same time BMW’s most powerful six-cylinder offers a much higher standard of fuel economy and, thanks to its all-aluminum crankcase, is much lighter.

Performance upgrade available for both models provides both more horsepower and torque.
New for 2010 is an available Performance Upgrade for both the X6 xDrive 35i and the X6 xDrive50i. The upgrade provides a boost of 20 horsepower, taking maximum output in the 35i’s 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline six to 320 hp @ 5,800 – 6,000 rpm. Peak torque increases by 30 lb-ft to 330 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm. The upgrade shaves 0.2 seconds off of the 35i’s 0 -60 time, lowering it to 6.3 seconds.

The Performance Upgrade adds 40 horspower to the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 in the 50i, bumping maximum output to 440 hp @ 5,500 – 6,000 rpm. Peak torque goes up to 480 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm. At 5.1 seconds the Upgrade makes the 50i 0.2 seconds quicker from0 – 60 mph.

For both models the upgrade is only available in combination with the available Sport Package.

BMW EfficientDynamics: wide range of features serving to reduce fuel consumption and emissions – and all coming as standard.
Offering a wide range of features serving to enhance efficiency on and around the engine, all versions of the new BMW X6 ensure a particularly good balance of power, performance and economy – and all these features are standard.

The all-round efficiency of the BMW X6 is further optimized by on-demand control and activation of the engine’s ancillary units helping to significantly reduce the power required for the fuel and steering assistance pumps and thus again saving energy in the process.

For example, the drive belt for the a/c compressor comes with an independent clutch which automatically disconnects the compressor as soon as the driver switches off the air conditioning, thus reducing the drag forces generated by the compressor to a minimum.

Automatic transmission designed for sports motoring.
Power is transmitted on the BMW X6 in standard trim by a six-speed sport automatic transmission. Both models feature BMW’s e-shift quick and easily selection of any of the three drive modes – Drive, Sport and Manual. Left on its own, the automatic transmission chooses the appropriate gear for the driving conditions benefiting both the comfort and driving dynamics of the BMW X6. For a more dynamic experience, the driver can shift the transmission manually using either the electronic gear selector lever or the gearshift paddles behind the steering wheel.

Intelligent lightweight technology for enhanced dynamics and solidity.
Like the other models in the BMW X range, the BMW X6 benefits from a particularly strong and sturdy body. To keep weight to a minimum despite this outstanding solidity, BMW’s engineers developed the X6 with a focus on intelligent lightweight construction. The choices of materials as well as the arrangement and geometry of the various support bars, rods and other support elements are based on an overall concept combining maximum crash safety with unequalled agility on the road.

The new BMW X6 not only includes front and side airbags as standard equipment, but also curtain-type Head Protection System airbags at the side, protecting the occupants both front and rear from injury. Additional features include: three-point inertia-reel belts on each seat, with belt force limiters together with a belt tightener on the front seat; crash-activated headrests to prevent cervical spine injury in the event of a collision from behind, that come standard on the front seats.

All restraint systems are controlled by one central electronic safety “brain” monitoring the type and severity of a collision and activating the most effective protection units in each case. The front airbags, in turn, come with a gas generator operating in two stages and thus activating the airbags with varying intensity, depending on the severity of an accident.

In the event of an imminent rollover, the vehicle’s rollover sensor activates both the curtain airbags and the belt latch tensioners. The integration of the system with Dynamic Stability Control enhances the effectiveness of the overall safety system in good time whenever necessary. To help avoid accidents from behind the new BMW X6 comes with BMW’s two-stage brake lights.

Packages & options: new content and packages complement familiar features
Active Ventilated Seats Package: Includes Active Comfort and ventilation features. 20-way adjustable Multi-contour front seats, standard on on the 50i, are included on the 35i

Cold Weather Package: Includes retractable headlight washers, heated steering wheel, heated front & rear seats and ski bag w/rear-seat pass-through.

Premium Package: All models include Auto-dimming interior and exterior mirrors; digital compass; BMW Universal Transceiver; Ambiance Lighting package; Storage package; BMW Assist with a 4-year subscription and Bluetooth cellphone interface. The 35i also gets front lumbar support, which is standard on the 50i.

Premium Sound Package: Includes Premium sound system with 16 speakers and glovebox-mounted 6-disc CD/DVD changer with MP3 capability and includes the iPod/USB Adapter.

Rear Climate Package: Includes 4-zone climate control, manual rear sunshades and Privacy Glass.

Sport Package: Includes 19-inch wheels, Shadowline exterior trim, anthracite-color headliner; Adaptive Drive: Active Roll Stabilization and Electronic Damping Control. Both models add the separate option of 20-inch wheels with performance tires. Sport Seats are included on the 35i and may be substituted for the standard Comfort Seats on the 50i. Comfort Seats may be substituted for the Sport Seats in the 35i for an addition charge.

Sport Activity Package: Includes 19-inch wheels, Shadowline exterior trim and anthracite-color headliner. Both models add the separate option of 20-inch wheels with performance tires. Sport Seats are included on the 35i and may be substituted for the standard Comfort Seats on the 50i.

Technology Package: Available for the 35i, it Includes Park Distance Control, Rearview camera, Navigation with Voice Command and Real Time Traffic Information with dynamic rerouting. For 2010 the camera includes a top view for even greater visibility as well as BMW Search as part of the Convenience Package option with BMW AssistTM.

Factory options:
Automatic High Beams: System automatically switches off high beam headlights when oncoming headlights are detected, then switches them back on when the vehicle has passed.

Performance Upgrade: Electronic tuning is available for the engines in both models. The upgrade on the 35i takes the 3.0-liter inline six to 320 hp @ 5,800 – 6,000 rpm. Peak torque goes up to 330 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm. 60 mph can be reached in 6.3 seconds. On the 50i the upgrade yields maximum output of 440 hp @ 5,500 – 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 480 lb-ft @ 2,000 rpm. Acceleration to 60 mph takes only 5.1 seconds.

Active Steering: A first with any all-wheel-drive BMW, Active Steering varies steering ratio widely to achieve amazing agility at lower speeds while retaining stability at higher speeds. The system includes Servotronic vehicle-speed-sensitive power assist. Sport Package is required.

Adaptive Drive: Combines Active Roll Stabalization with Electronic Damping Control. Included in the Sport Package.
Comfort Access: Allows the owner to enter and start the X5 without removing the remote from his or her pocket.

Aluminum running boards: Dresses up the exterior and enables easier entry and exit from the vehicle.

Soft-close Doors: Pulls the door all the way closed and latches it for added convenience.

Multi-contour Front Comfort Seats: Available on the 35i as a stand-alone option or as part of the Active Ventilated Seats Package, these seats offer 20-way adjustability. Standard on the 50i

Heated front seats: Available as a stand-alone option or as part of the Cold Weather Package, these front seats offer 4 heating zones, rapid heating and 3-stage heating.

Park Distance Control: Available as a stand-alone option or as part of the Technology Package, Park Distance Control adds a visual display in the iDrive monitor.

BMW On-board Navigation System: Available as a stand-alone option or as part of the Technology Package on the 35i, Navigation system includes the 4th generation iDrive controller and new 8.8-in. high resolution screen. The new system includes an 80-GB hard drive for data storage, 12GB of which can be used for music storage. Real Time Traffic Information with dynamic rerouting continues to be part of the system. Standard on the 50i.

Rear-view Camera with Top View: Available as a stand-alone option on the 50i and included in the Technology Package on both models.

Head-up Display: Driver can read key information with minimal diversion. Includes variable brightness and positioning; can be turned off or on as desired.

Sirius Satellite Radio: Integrated into vehicle audio system, Sirius provides 120 stations with uninterrupted programming. Now priced at $350 including a one-year subscription.

iPod/USB Adapter: Enables an MP3 player to be played through the vehicle’s audio system. This option fully integrates an iPod’s functionality into the audio system and multifunction steering wheel and enables non-iPod MP3 players and thumbdrives to be used as well.

Photo: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity CoupePhoto: 2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity Coupe

Rear-seat Entertainment System: Includes an 8.0-inch rear TFT screen with controller, DVD player and infra-red wireless headphones. Also includes wireless remote control and wireless headphones.

Nappa leather: This exquisite and supple leather is available as an option on both models and now includes a Leather Wrapped Dashboard.

2010 BMW X6 Sport Activity Coupe specifications, overview, information and imagery courtesy of: BMW

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