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2021 BMW X6 M Competition First Test: M2 CS Too Small? Buy This Instead

“I like the X6 M because it’s so silly,” is how senior features editor Jonny Lieberman put it. “Nothing so large should be able to do what this thing does.” MotorTrend en Español managing editor Miguel Cortina summed his impression of the 2021 BMW X6 M Competition with, “The driving characteristics that it blends and delivers are ridiculous. It’s just pure fun.” Indeed, a luxury midsize fastback SUV weighing 5,200 pounds should not be able take a corner at nearly 1.00 g, run to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, or stop from 60 mph in 102 feet. Yet, here it is. With driver-selectable settings for engine, chassis, steering, brakes, and all-wheel drive, there may not be a paved road the X6 M Competition can’t bend to its formidable will.

The X6 M Competition’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 is a monster of a motor that sounds absolutely wicked through the standard M sport exhaust. Although the BMW X6 M has barely increased in size or weight (28 pounds) since we first tested one in 2011, the latest Competition version has a whopping 62 additional horsepower and 53 lb-ft more torque than did that one—and you can feel all of it. The initial sensation is one of a vast supply of torque. From 1,800 rpm and up, the shove into the seat feels as if it will never end. As it clicks off upshifts like you’d snap your fingers, the world goes blurry. And at the top end, acceleration feels just as fierce, the X6 M Comp reaching nearly 120 mph in a quarter-mile that takes only 11.6 seconds to traverse. It’s deceptively and addictively quick. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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