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BMW's M, or Motorsports, division will introduce "the next milestone in its illustrious history," the BMW X6 M, at the New York Auto Show next week. It's an even more aggressive version of the already over-the-top Sports Activity Coupe that's been polarizing opinions in the automotive world.
They promise several new engine, drivetrain, and suspension technologies that will "transform the world's first Sports Activity Coupe into a BMW M product." For the engine, they've taken the X6's optional 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 and fitted it with twin-scroll turbochargers for more power and quicker response. The suspension will be "more concentrated," and relies on more torque apportioned to the rear axle as well as "Dynamic Performance Control" to vary engine torque from left to right much like Acura's SH-AWD system. Net result should be less understeer and improved cornering under power. We can't tell from the video, but we'd guess even bigger wheels and tires (with attendant ride comfort penalties) will be fitted to this rapid, hefty vehicle.
The folks at Jalopnik point out that BMW's M division is doing something they once claimed they'd never do: build an SUV.
Do yourself a favor and head over to BMW Web TV, the channel through which BMW leaked the teaser video above. If you're any kind of car nut, you'll probably shirk work for the rest of the day and instead thrill to BMW sound, fury and design intracacies.
[source: BMW Web TV]