Bmw X6 Performance accessories now available in North America

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 5, 2010

Later this month, BMW will start offering a tuning kit for the X6 model in North America. BMW's Performance Accessories unit will offer this kit for the X6 with several performance tweaks including engine tuning.

Power kits, which involve some ECU tinkering, will be offered on the Xdrive35i and xDrive50i models. From the standard 300 bhp and 300 lb-ft., the V6-powered X6 Xdrive35i will be boosted to 320 bhp (240 kW) and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque. 

The X6 will get the V8-fitted xDrive50i that boosts the output to 440 bhp (330 kW) from the standard 400 bhp. Torque is also increased, from 450 to 480 lb-ft (650 Nm).

The engine tuning enables both variants to accelerate faster by about 0.2 seconds on the 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) sprint. BMW will also offer an aerodynamic kit that includes new front and rear bumpers, side skirts and a rear bumper insert.

Fins and a deck spoiler for the rear are optional. The kit also includes 21-inch alloy wheels -- 10 x 21 in 285/35/R21 tires at the front and 11.5 x 21 with 325/30/R21 tires for the rear wheels. A flat-bottomed race steering wheel hand-finished in Alcantara is also offered.

The design of the BMW X6 showed that it indeed has the DNA of an authentic BMW X Model. The X6 however gives a different spin on the rather extreme sporting style. Without a doubt, the design language of the new model provided the genuine visualization in the driving characteristics given by the X6.

This is made possible through the intelligent all-wheel-drive xDrive technology along with the Dynamic Performance Control. There are also different design features seen in the new model that are standard in the BMW. These included the BMW kidney grille and even the dual round headlights that have been optically "cut off" at its top.

There is also the contour line on its side plus the horizontal lines on the back, thus highlighting the width of the car. The front end meanwhile has a dynamic orientation towards the road. Just a glimpse on the front part of the new model showed just how powerful the car’s presence is.

Because there are more surfaces finished in the body color, the front end does not only more it dynamic but it’s now lower as well. This highlights the orientation that the X6 has to the road. Another example of the standard BMW DNA is the hood design and the kidney grille that has been positioned vertically.

In addition, for the xDrive50i, the fins have a titanium finish while the xDrive35i gets a black finish. Placed on the exterior are large air intakes that have more functions more than just being able to cool the engines.

By being able to interact with the side panels up to the inside and over its headlights, the air scoops give a well-defined orientation to the wheels, thereby further highlighting the vehicle’s already powerful stance when on the road.

The headlights are able to merge in a sweeping line to the side panels. Furthermore, the surface of the engine’s compartment lid has been divided with lines that narrow to the kidney grille much like the side of the engine compartment lid.

Press Release

BMW Performance Accessories for the BMW X6

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – October 1, 2010… BMW has announced the North American availability of a comprehensive suite of BMW Performance accessories for its segment-busting X6 Sports Activity Coupe. The new BMW Performance parts for the X6 include the Power Kit, aerodynamics components, unique light-alloy wheels, and a new flat-bottom Sport steering wheel, and will go on sale at authorized BMW centers in October 2010.

“BMW remains committed to helping customers personalize their vehicles,” said Dan Creed, Vice President of Marketing for BMW of North America. “The BMW X6 leaves our South Carolina factory as one of the most exciting vehicles on the road, possessing near-perfect balance, power, style, and versatility. The new BMW Performance accessories for the X6 serve to make it more powerful and more stylish, and enhance its trademark balance.”

Power Kit and High Performance Exhaust System
Perhaps the most exciting new development is the announcement of a BMW Performance Power Kit for 2008-2010 X6 xDrive35i and X6 xDrive50i models. The Power Kit for the X6 features special software developed and tested in-house by BMW powertrain engineers, and enhances the driving experience by providing higher engine output and responsiveness without increasing fuel consumption or exhaust emissions. The results are 320 horsepower (+20) and 332 lb-ft of torque (+32) for the X6 xDrive35i and 440 hp (+40) and 480 lb-ft of torque (+30) for the X6 xDrive50i. Each model reaches 60mph from a standstill 0.2-second quicker when equipped with the Power Kit (6.3 seconds for the X6 xDrive35i with Power Kit and 5.0 seconds for the X6 xDrive50i with Power Kit). 50-75mph passing acceleration times are reduced by about 0.5 seconds for each model.

BMW Performance is also developing a high-performance exhaust system for V8 and inline-6 powered variants of the X6, and will announce availability of the system this winter.

Aerodynamics
Directly from BMW’s state-of-the-art Munich wind tunnel comes the comprehensive new BMW Performance Aero Kit for the X6 Sports Activity Coupe (excluding X6 M and ActiveHybrid X6 models). The Aero Kit, which includes redesigned front and rear bumper covers, side skirts, and rear bumper insert, is specifically sculpted to reduce aerodynamic drag and lift at high speeds, improving stability while making a dramatic, stylish statement. Additionally, new specially-sculpted Rear Fins and Rear Deck Spoiler may be added to fully complement the aerodynamic signature of the X6.

Wheels
BMW Performance has created a stunning set of 21-inch light-alloy wheels for the X6 Sports Activity Coupe (all models including X6 M and ActiveHybrid X6). Measuring 10”x21” with 285/35/R21 tires up front and 11.5”x21” with 325/30/R21 tires at rear, the unique spoke design features a polished outer surface with unique inner contours which dramatically highlight the powerful, athletic character of the X6.

Steering Wheel
Last but not least, BMW Performance has made available a unique multifunction steering wheel for X6 models (excluding X6 M and vehicles with Lane Departure Warning). This direct replacement for the standard X6 steering wheel features a thick, racing-style, flattened lower rim and is fully covered in hand-stitched Alcantara material. Since the steering wheel serves as the driver’s primary interface with the X6, the BMW Performance Steering Wheel has been designed to place maximum emphasis on the importance of the man-machine connection.

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car centers, 336 BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 143 BMW motorcycle retailers, 100 MINI passenger car dealers, and 31 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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