We’ve been covering the X6 since it was just a concept but we recently traveled to the BMW Spartanburg, SC plant to get seat time in the all-new 2009 X6.
For those who aren’t familiar with the 2009 X6, the Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) is the latest offering from BMW, a brand new vehicle fitted with new technologies. BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive technology comes standard and is the first vehicle to offer Dynamic Performance Control for unique agility, tracking stability, precision and traction in every situation by distributing drive power between the two rear wheels, left and right, in addition to xDrive’s movement between front and rear axle.
The newly-developed V8 with Twin Turbo technology and High Precision Injection is the world’s first 8-cylinder gasoline engine with the turbo-charger and catalytic converters housed in the V-section between the two rows of cylinders. Powering the X6 xDrive50i, the V8 produces a maximum 400 horsepower from 5,500-6,400 rpm and max torque of 450 lb-ft from 1,750-4,500 rpm. The inline-six with Twin Turbo technology is in the X6 xDrive35i, producing 300 horsepower at 5,800-6,250 rpm and 300 lb-ft of torque from 1,400-5,000 rpm. Top speed for both models are limited to 130 mph, unless you opt for the sport package that knocks the top speed up to 150 mph for the xDrive35i and 155 mph for the xDrive50i.
Stay tuned for the 2009 BMW X6 First Drive Video for driving and styling impressions!
Fuel Economy Stats for the xDrive35i (EPA Estimates):
City: 15 mpg
Highway: 20 mpg
Combined: 17 mpg
Approximate range: 450
Fuel Type: Premium
X6 xDrive35i: $53,275
X6 xDrive50i: $63,7752009 BMW X6 First Drive Photos,