BMW’s microsite for X6M and X5M launched

BMW's microsite for X6M and X5M launched

There are only 28 days to go until BMW reveal full details of their new M-models.

We brought you news of the forthcoming X6M and X5M late last year and now BMW have launched a microsite with a countdown to their official unveiling on 4th April.

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Then we would like to hear your views.

I suspect a few of you will have strong opinions on which models BMW’s M-division should be focusing upon, so let us know your thoughts and why.

Click here to visit BMW’s microsite

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  • Danny

    These will be monstrous things, and not in a good way. but i understand the rationale behind them, its about selling cars to the russians and chinese, countries with a wealthy upper class, and poor roads. Similar story to the new Lagonda really. Doesn’t mean I have to like it though.

  • Danny

    These will be monstrous things, and not in a good way. but i understand the rationale behind them, its about selling cars to the russians and chinese, countries with a wealthy upper class, and poor roads. Similar story to the new Lagonda really. Doesn’t mean I have to like it though.

  • Danny

    These will be monstrous things, and not in a good way. but i understand the rationale behind them, its about selling cars to the russians and chinese, countries with a wealthy upper class, and poor roads. Similar story to the new Lagonda really. Doesn’t mean I have to like it though.

  • http://drivers-republic.com Steve

    If you’ve ever owned one of these super-SUVs then you’ll probably know that they can be tremendous fun – in their inappropriateness and yet amazing capability.

    I owned an ML63 back in ’07 and covered 20,000 miles in both the UK and mainland Europe – it was a hoot and I only sold it as I pre-empted that the market was finally about to dissapear for these politically incorrect vehicles. I still loved it though.

    I also cannot wait to drive an X6M – I’ve been bowled over by the competence and fun of my X6 35d – it is genuinely more capable in several dynamic areas than more conventional saloon/coupes and I’m sure I’ll be captivated by one that M-division have fettled and provided with 550bhp, but… at the same time I am saddened by BMW’s use of the ‘M’ badge on a car that is anything other than the most uncomprimising of sports car.

    I for one was hoping BMW ‘didn’t’ release a Touring version of the M3 and even the M3 Saloon is on the boundaries of what I would like to see of an M-car. My E46 M3 CSL sits in my garage waiting to be accompanied one day by a modern day equivalent, but I see no sign of BMW offering something as uncompromisingly fun.

    The X6M and X5M, whilst likely to be tremendously fun are a million miles away from where I would like to see the M-brand going.

  • http://drivers-republic.com Steve

    If you’ve ever owned one of these super-SUVs then you’ll probably know that they can be tremendous fun – in their inappropriateness and yet amazing capability.

    I owned an ML63 back in ’07 and covered 20,000 miles in both the UK and mainland Europe – it was a hoot and I only sold it as I pre-empted that the market was finally about to dissapear for these politically incorrect vehicles. I still loved it though.

    I also cannot wait to drive an X6M – I’ve been bowled over by the competence and fun of my X6 35d – it is genuinely more capable in several dynamic areas than more conventional saloon/coupes and I’m sure I’ll be captivated by one that M-division have fettled and provided with 550bhp, but… at the same time I am saddened by BMW’s use of the ‘M’ badge on a car that is anything other than the most uncomprimising of sports car.

    I for one was hoping BMW ‘didn’t’ release a Touring version of the M3 and even the M3 Saloon is on the boundaries of what I would like to see of an M-car. My E46 M3 CSL sits in my garage waiting to be accompanied one day by a modern day equivalent, but I see no sign of BMW offering something as uncompromisingly fun.

    The X6M and X5M, whilst likely to be tremendously fun are a million miles away from where I would like to see the M-brand going.

  • http://drivers-republic.com Steve

    If you’ve ever owned one of these super-SUVs then you’ll probably know that they can be tremendous fun – in their inappropriateness and yet amazing capability.

    I owned an ML63 back in ’07 and covered 20,000 miles in both the UK and mainland Europe – it was a hoot and I only sold it as I pre-empted that the market was finally about to dissapear for these politically incorrect vehicles. I still loved it though.

    I also cannot wait to drive an X6M – I’ve been bowled over by the competence and fun of my X6 35d – it is genuinely more capable in several dynamic areas than more conventional saloon/coupes and I’m sure I’ll be captivated by one that M-division have fettled and provided with 550bhp, but… at the same time I am saddened by BMW’s use of the ‘M’ badge on a car that is anything other than the most uncomprimising of sports car.

    I for one was hoping BMW ‘didn’t’ release a Touring version of the M3 and even the M3 Saloon is on the boundaries of what I would like to see of an M-car. My E46 M3 CSL sits in my garage waiting to be accompanied one day by a modern day equivalent, but I see no sign of BMW offering something as uncompromisingly fun.

    The X6M and X5M, whilst likely to be tremendously fun are a million miles away from where I would like to see the M-brand going.

  • Karim Dandashy

    Porsche, Audi, VW, and M Benz all have crazy SUVs. And what’s the one brand name thats missing in that group? … BMW… I understand SUVs are heavy, they can’t possibly be driver’s car and that they consume as fast as a drunk slut at an open bar but if you think about it, the X5M and X6M will only make BMW able to compete against these other companies.

    What’s happening is that they’re starting to “raise” the stakes and eventually they will go all in. What do I mean? Well… the more these companies try to out do one another, the more fast, powerful, and insane cars (not just SUVs) we’ll end up with.

    I think this is a healthy move for BMW if they want to compete in all sectors and make the other companies shit in their pants, especially Porsche, who’s Turbo S will surely not be able to rival the 550hp of the BMW X5, which is a better all rounder than the Cayenne. The creation of these cars only ups the tension and rivalries, forcing companies to go big or go home, and why should we complain, we’re a bunch of men (mostly) on a car website talking about Horsepower. IT’S A WIN-WIN SITUATION! LET’S ENJOY IT!

  • Karim Dandashy

    Porsche, Audi, VW, and M Benz all have crazy SUVs. And what’s the one brand name thats missing in that group? … BMW… I understand SUVs are heavy, they can’t possibly be driver’s car and that they consume as fast as a drunk slut at an open bar but if you think about it, the X5M and X6M will only make BMW able to compete against these other companies.

    What’s happening is that they’re starting to “raise” the stakes and eventually they will go all in. What do I mean? Well… the more these companies try to out do one another, the more fast, powerful, and insane cars (not just SUVs) we’ll end up with.

    I think this is a healthy move for BMW if they want to compete in all sectors and make the other companies shit in their pants, especially Porsche, who’s Turbo S will surely not be able to rival the 550hp of the BMW X5, which is a better all rounder than the Cayenne. The creation of these cars only ups the tension and rivalries, forcing companies to go big or go home, and why should we complain, we’re a bunch of men (mostly) on a car website talking about Horsepower. IT’S A WIN-WIN SITUATION! LET’S ENJOY IT!

  • Karim Dandashy

    Porsche, Audi, VW, and M Benz all have crazy SUVs. And what’s the one brand name thats missing in that group? … BMW… I understand SUVs are heavy, they can’t possibly be driver’s car and that they consume as fast as a drunk slut at an open bar but if you think about it, the X5M and X6M will only make BMW able to compete against these other companies.

    What’s happening is that they’re starting to “raise” the stakes and eventually they will go all in. What do I mean? Well… the more these companies try to out do one another, the more fast, powerful, and insane cars (not just SUVs) we’ll end up with.

    I think this is a healthy move for BMW if they want to compete in all sectors and make the other companies shit in their pants, especially Porsche, who’s Turbo S will surely not be able to rival the 550hp of the BMW X5, which is a better all rounder than the Cayenne. The creation of these cars only ups the tension and rivalries, forcing companies to go big or go home, and why should we complain, we’re a bunch of men (mostly) on a car website talking about Horsepower. IT’S A WIN-WIN SITUATION! LET’S ENJOY IT!

  • kibosmith

    Once upon a time the fabled “M” badge had an inkling of motorsport credibility about it – alas never more!

    As a side note what motivates BMW to slap the “M” badge on an enormous beast while completely neglecting the dynamically superior 1 series. Besides it encroaching on the M3’s territory I can see no other reason. My ideal universe would consist of a lightweight 375 bhp 1 series accompanied by successively more powerful 3,5 and 6 series. But I guess I must make do with scaring little children in my 550bhp monster!

  • kibosmith

    Once upon a time the fabled “M” badge had an inkling of motorsport credibility about it – alas never more!

    As a side note what motivates BMW to slap the “M” badge on an enormous beast while completely neglecting the dynamically superior 1 series. Besides it encroaching on the M3’s territory I can see no other reason. My ideal universe would consist of a lightweight 375 bhp 1 series accompanied by successively more powerful 3,5 and 6 series. But I guess I must make do with scaring little children in my 550bhp monster!

  • kibosmith

    Once upon a time the fabled “M” badge had an inkling of motorsport credibility about it – alas never more!

    As a side note what motivates BMW to slap the “M” badge on an enormous beast while completely neglecting the dynamically superior 1 series. Besides it encroaching on the M3’s territory I can see no other reason. My ideal universe would consist of a lightweight 375 bhp 1 series accompanied by successively more powerful 3,5 and 6 series. But I guess I must make do with scaring little children in my 550bhp monster!

  • http://drivers-republic.com Steve

    @ – Karim, I can sympathise with the view that we should be celebrating horsepower, but I can’t help feeling that we only have a few chances left in this current environmental climate.

    We should therefore be making the most of it, rather than squadering it on cars that whilst being a great deal of fun are not the ‘ultimate driving machines’ that M GmbH should be producing.

    I’d rather BMW dedicate the same resources to produce the next M3 CSL or an R8 rival.

    Having said that, such a purist viewpoint will go to pot as soon as I get my hands on an X6M..

  • http://drivers-republic.com Steve

    @ – Karim, I can sympathise with the view that we should be celebrating horsepower, but I can’t help feeling that we only have a few chances left in this current environmental climate.

    We should therefore be making the most of it, rather than squadering it on cars that whilst being a great deal of fun are not the ‘ultimate driving machines’ that M GmbH should be producing.

    I’d rather BMW dedicate the same resources to produce the next M3 CSL or an R8 rival.

    Having said that, such a purist viewpoint will go to pot as soon as I get my hands on an X6M..

  • http://drivers-republic.com Steve

    @ – Karim, I can sympathise with the view that we should be celebrating horsepower, but I can’t help feeling that we only have a few chances left in this current environmental climate.

    We should therefore be making the most of it, rather than squadering it on cars that whilst being a great deal of fun are not the ‘ultimate driving machines’ that M GmbH should be producing.

    I’d rather BMW dedicate the same resources to produce the next M3 CSL or an R8 rival.

    Having said that, such a purist viewpoint will go to pot as soon as I get my hands on an X6M..

  • AJ D

    To be honest though the market for this car is not the UK.

    They might sell afew but as Porsche saw the biggest 4×4 markets are Russia and China.

    I have to say the new x5 is a good car (Not just a good 4×4) as it handles like one.. I think the M version will be maddness and some people want that. I would love to try one.. I shudder at its economy though.

    Steve what were you getting as an average on your ML? perhaps a blow 4.4 V8 will be similar to that 6.2 V8 you had.

  • AJ D

    To be honest though the market for this car is not the UK.

    They might sell afew but as Porsche saw the biggest 4×4 markets are Russia and China.

    I have to say the new x5 is a good car (Not just a good 4×4) as it handles like one.. I think the M version will be maddness and some people want that. I would love to try one.. I shudder at its economy though.

    Steve what were you getting as an average on your ML? perhaps a blow 4.4 V8 will be similar to that 6.2 V8 you had.

  • AJ D

    To be honest though the market for this car is not the UK.

    They might sell afew but as Porsche saw the biggest 4×4 markets are Russia and China.

    I have to say the new x5 is a good car (Not just a good 4×4) as it handles like one.. I think the M version will be maddness and some people want that. I would love to try one.. I shudder at its economy though.

    Steve what were you getting as an average on your ML? perhaps a blow 4.4 V8 will be similar to that 6.2 V8 you had.

  • http://drivers-republic.com Steve

    @AJ D – I was actually pleasantly surprised with the economy I managed in my ML63, the average was between 16-17mpg which compares with around 19mpg for the same engine in a C63.

    I used to manage 17-18 mpg in my X5’s (4.8is) and just over 20mpg in my B7 RS4 Avant, so the real-world economy of these performance SUV’s is rather less horrid than many people assume (early versions of the Caynne Turbo excepted!).

    I have now become used to the parsimonious thirst of my X6 35d, which averages 28mpg so I am not sure I could go back to sub-20mpg, but I’d be prepared to bet that the X6M/X5M will be more frugal than an M5 or M6..

  • http://drivers-republic.com Steve

    @AJ D – I was actually pleasantly surprised with the economy I managed in my ML63, the average was between 16-17mpg which compares with around 19mpg for the same engine in a C63.

    I used to manage 17-18 mpg in my X5’s (4.8is) and just over 20mpg in my B7 RS4 Avant, so the real-world economy of these performance SUV’s is rather less horrid than many people assume (early versions of the Caynne Turbo excepted!).

    I have now become used to the parsimonious thirst of my X6 35d, which averages 28mpg so I am not sure I could go back to sub-20mpg, but I’d be prepared to bet that the X6M/X5M will be more frugal than an M5 or M6..

  • http://drivers-republic.com Steve

    @AJ D – I was actually pleasantly surprised with the economy I managed in my ML63, the average was between 16-17mpg which compares with around 19mpg for the same engine in a C63.

    I used to manage 17-18 mpg in my X5’s (4.8is) and just over 20mpg in my B7 RS4 Avant, so the real-world economy of these performance SUV’s is rather less horrid than many people assume (early versions of the Caynne Turbo excepted!).

    I have now become used to the parsimonious thirst of my X6 35d, which averages 28mpg so I am not sure I could go back to sub-20mpg, but I’d be prepared to bet that the X6M/X5M will be more frugal than an M5 or M6..

  • Karim Dandashy

    This car will have a huge market in the Middle East, like Dubai and Saudi. I live in Dubai and I remember, when they took orders on the 08 Cayenne Turbo, the waiting list was as long as 18 months. The environmental issue isn’t even considered here, and gas prices are pretty cheap.
    But, I agree with Steve, an R8 competitor or a CSL would have been better. I’d love to see that Twin Turbo V8 in an R8 type car.
    Frankly, I don’t think the times of horsepower are running out. There doesn’t seem to be an alternative fuel that could change our current status anytime soon and I believe that as long as companies like BMW, M Benz, and Porsche exist, they will continue to push the limits on MPG and HP in one package.
    Might be odd timing for a 550hp X5 but I don’t think it has any significance in saying that the future of the M Division is ruined or anything. CAN”T WAIT TO DRIVE IT!

  • Karim Dandashy

    This car will have a huge market in the Middle East, like Dubai and Saudi. I live in Dubai and I remember, when they took orders on the 08 Cayenne Turbo, the waiting list was as long as 18 months. The environmental issue isn’t even considered here, and gas prices are pretty cheap.
    But, I agree with Steve, an R8 competitor or a CSL would have been better. I’d love to see that Twin Turbo V8 in an R8 type car.
    Frankly, I don’t think the times of horsepower are running out. There doesn’t seem to be an alternative fuel that could change our current status anytime soon and I believe that as long as companies like BMW, M Benz, and Porsche exist, they will continue to push the limits on MPG and HP in one package.
    Might be odd timing for a 550hp X5 but I don’t think it has any significance in saying that the future of the M Division is ruined or anything. CAN”T WAIT TO DRIVE IT!

  • Karim Dandashy

    This car will have a huge market in the Middle East, like Dubai and Saudi. I live in Dubai and I remember, when they took orders on the 08 Cayenne Turbo, the waiting list was as long as 18 months. The environmental issue isn’t even considered here, and gas prices are pretty cheap.
    But, I agree with Steve, an R8 competitor or a CSL would have been better. I’d love to see that Twin Turbo V8 in an R8 type car.
    Frankly, I don’t think the times of horsepower are running out. There doesn’t seem to be an alternative fuel that could change our current status anytime soon and I believe that as long as companies like BMW, M Benz, and Porsche exist, they will continue to push the limits on MPG and HP in one package.
    Might be odd timing for a 550hp X5 but I don’t think it has any significance in saying that the future of the M Division is ruined or anything. CAN”T WAIT TO DRIVE IT!

  • jwolfcale

    My first reaction was disgust, but now that I’ve let the reality of these beasts sink in my reaction has been downgraded to a slightly queasy feeling. Perhaps in Russia and China there is a time and a place for the X5M and X6M. Perhaps they will do for what the Cayenne did for Porsche and BMW will put the profits right back in to M Division R&D.

    But even if it could best Bellof’s Nurburgring time, make my insides turn to mush with it’s acceleration and handling and cost less than a Focus, I still couldn’t see myself in one (upon review of the previous sentence, I have to say it might not be entirely true). They are simply too vulgar. Granted I haven’t actually seen one yet. I guess my real gripe with these things is that BMW saw fit to slap M badge on them and in doing so sully what M means to people like us. If they were called the X5 5.5 or the X6 Turbo they wouldn’t be causing such outrage.

  • jwolfcale

    My first reaction was disgust, but now that I’ve let the reality of these beasts sink in my reaction has been downgraded to a slightly queasy feeling. Perhaps in Russia and China there is a time and a place for the X5M and X6M. Perhaps they will do for what the Cayenne did for Porsche and BMW will put the profits right back in to M Division R&D.

    But even if it could best Bellof’s Nurburgring time, make my insides turn to mush with it’s acceleration and handling and cost less than a Focus, I still couldn’t see myself in one (upon review of the previous sentence, I have to say it might not be entirely true). They are simply too vulgar. Granted I haven’t actually seen one yet. I guess my real gripe with these things is that BMW saw fit to slap M badge on them and in doing so sully what M means to people like us. If they were called the X5 5.5 or the X6 Turbo they wouldn’t be causing such outrage.

  • jwolfcale

    My first reaction was disgust, but now that I’ve let the reality of these beasts sink in my reaction has been downgraded to a slightly queasy feeling. Perhaps in Russia and China there is a time and a place for the X5M and X6M. Perhaps they will do for what the Cayenne did for Porsche and BMW will put the profits right back in to M Division R&D.

    But even if it could best Bellof’s Nurburgring time, make my insides turn to mush with it’s acceleration and handling and cost less than a Focus, I still couldn’t see myself in one (upon review of the previous sentence, I have to say it might not be entirely true). They are simply too vulgar. Granted I haven’t actually seen one yet. I guess my real gripe with these things is that BMW saw fit to slap M badge on them and in doing so sully what M means to people like us. If they were called the X5 5.5 or the X6 Turbo they wouldn’t be causing such outrage.

  • Neville Contractor

    Should BMW motorsport be producing big 550bhp SUV type vehicles or lightweight road racers? Hmm. I wonder what everyone will think about that?!

    BMWs current motorsport versions span the 3 series, 5 series, 6 series and both Z4 derivatives, all which generally receive very favourable press. They all have scintillating engines and dynamics set for people like us. I disagree large vehicles with even larger bhp ratings are not in fashion at the moment, more that it is fashionable in the press to slate them. Considering BMWs current motorsport range they cannot be accused of squandering their engineering abilities on other vehicles.

    As previously noted such vehicles will increase the profitability of the concern allowing BMW motorsport to work on other projects, in the same way the Cayenne did for Porsche. And come on. A 550bhp X5/X6? We all know it will be marvellous fun!

    If I was in charge, projects would include an M1 CSL with a striped out interior, and a touring car style sequential box’ (as in a proper pull to go up, push to go down affair). Indeed I’d want that box on the M3 as well. The M3 would get a touring version (sorry but I’d love one), with a carbon roof and indeed my new gearbox. The whole range would go on a weight saving regime (especially the M3 convertible). And of course some tasty CSL versions…

    A couple of points Steve made. I think an M3 saloon is certainly a car that should be in the range. BMW have campaigned saloon touring cars for years, have won the World Touring Car series three times in succession and had huge success in this country as well when Touring cars were in their prime.

    Also glad that Steve can honestly admit that although an X5/X6M grates with him slightly, he’ll very happily be at the front of the queue when the press cars become available…

  • Neville Contractor

    Should BMW motorsport be producing big 550bhp SUV type vehicles or lightweight road racers? Hmm. I wonder what everyone will think about that?!

    BMWs current motorsport versions span the 3 series, 5 series, 6 series and both Z4 derivatives, all which generally receive very favourable press. They all have scintillating engines and dynamics set for people like us. I disagree large vehicles with even larger bhp ratings are not in fashion at the moment, more that it is fashionable in the press to slate them. Considering BMWs current motorsport range they cannot be accused of squandering their engineering abilities on other vehicles.

    As previously noted such vehicles will increase the profitability of the concern allowing BMW motorsport to work on other projects, in the same way the Cayenne did for Porsche. And come on. A 550bhp X5/X6? We all know it will be marvellous fun!

    If I was in charge, projects would include an M1 CSL with a striped out interior, and a touring car style sequential box’ (as in a proper pull to go up, push to go down affair). Indeed I’d want that box on the M3 as well. The M3 would get a touring version (sorry but I’d love one), with a carbon roof and indeed my new gearbox. The whole range would go on a weight saving regime (especially the M3 convertible). And of course some tasty CSL versions…

    A couple of points Steve made. I think an M3 saloon is certainly a car that should be in the range. BMW have campaigned saloon touring cars for years, have won the World Touring Car series three times in succession and had huge success in this country as well when Touring cars were in their prime.

    Also glad that Steve can honestly admit that although an X5/X6M grates with him slightly, he’ll very happily be at the front of the queue when the press cars become available…

  • Neville Contractor

    Should BMW motorsport be producing big 550bhp SUV type vehicles or lightweight road racers? Hmm. I wonder what everyone will think about that?!

    BMWs current motorsport versions span the 3 series, 5 series, 6 series and both Z4 derivatives, all which generally receive very favourable press. They all have scintillating engines and dynamics set for people like us. I disagree large vehicles with even larger bhp ratings are not in fashion at the moment, more that it is fashionable in the press to slate them. Considering BMWs current motorsport range they cannot be accused of squandering their engineering abilities on other vehicles.

    As previously noted such vehicles will increase the profitability of the concern allowing BMW motorsport to work on other projects, in the same way the Cayenne did for Porsche. And come on. A 550bhp X5/X6? We all know it will be marvellous fun!

    If I was in charge, projects would include an M1 CSL with a striped out interior, and a touring car style sequential box’ (as in a proper pull to go up, push to go down affair). Indeed I’d want that box on the M3 as well. The M3 would get a touring version (sorry but I’d love one), with a carbon roof and indeed my new gearbox. The whole range would go on a weight saving regime (especially the M3 convertible). And of course some tasty CSL versions…

    A couple of points Steve made. I think an M3 saloon is certainly a car that should be in the range. BMW have campaigned saloon touring cars for years, have won the World Touring Car series three times in succession and had huge success in this country as well when Touring cars were in their prime.

    Also glad that Steve can honestly admit that although an X5/X6M grates with him slightly, he’ll very happily be at the front of the queue when the press cars become available…

  • Paul Haberlin

    I live in Ukraine and to be honest, its either buy a SUV or buy a car that will just drop into one of the holes that’s in the road!
    So My choice for a new car is now this: Cayenne Turbo S, Q7 v12 tdi or a X5 M with 550 bhp? not to mention the ML63.
    There is a vast market for these types of cars.
    The market for these cars lies over here in the east, for the Uk with your soon to be 50mph national speed limit and speed cameras every 100 yards!
    Give me crap roads in a fast SUV any day!

  • Paul Haberlin

    I live in Ukraine and to be honest, its either buy a SUV or buy a car that will just drop into one of the holes that’s in the road!
    So My choice for a new car is now this: Cayenne Turbo S, Q7 v12 tdi or a X5 M with 550 bhp? not to mention the ML63.
    There is a vast market for these types of cars.
    The market for these cars lies over here in the east, for the Uk with your soon to be 50mph national speed limit and speed cameras every 100 yards!
    Give me crap roads in a fast SUV any day!

  • Paul Haberlin

    I live in Ukraine and to be honest, its either buy a SUV or buy a car that will just drop into one of the holes that’s in the road!
    So My choice for a new car is now this: Cayenne Turbo S, Q7 v12 tdi or a X5 M with 550 bhp? not to mention the ML63.
    There is a vast market for these types of cars.
    The market for these cars lies over here in the east, for the Uk with your soon to be 50mph national speed limit and speed cameras every 100 yards!
    Give me crap roads in a fast SUV any day!

  • http://drivers-republic.com Steve

    @Neville Contractor – I would certainly love to drive an X6M myself, but not because of the M-badge (in fact I would be inclined to remove it).

    I just find it slightly worrying that BMW’s motorsport range has gone a little quiet of recent. The initial buzz over the E60 M5 quietened down significantly as owners griped about it’s poor fuel range, the M6 seems to have become classified as neither fish-nor-fowl, overtaken in the appeal stakes by Audi’s R8 and not revered in the same way as a 911 Turbo or other more exotic machinery.

    We have an M6 Competition in our hands for the next week, so maybe our test of that will reignite some of the M6’s appeal, especially as a used purchase.

    I drove the E92 M3 DCT a few weeks ago (publishing my impressions over in the M3 long-termer group) and BMW have made some noticeable changes that up the appeal over the version I drove last year. We need ‘more’ of this.

    I’m also a little puzzled by BMW in motorsport – whilst Mercedes and Audi battle it out in DTM (admittedly not the most exciting spectator sport), BMW with it’s unparalleled touring car heritage is battling it out with Seat, Chevvy and Lada!!! Am I the only one wondering whether BMW is ‘giving’ more than it is ‘receiving’ in WTCC?

    I would like to see BMW return to an unchallenged reputation as “the ultimate driving machines”, and whilst I love a sporty SUV I suspect they will neither contribute much financially nor enhance Motorsport division’s reputation.

  • http://drivers-republic.com Steve

    @Neville Contractor – I would certainly love to drive an X6M myself, but not because of the M-badge (in fact I would be inclined to remove it).

    I just find it slightly worrying that BMW’s motorsport range has gone a little quiet of recent. The initial buzz over the E60 M5 quietened down significantly as owners griped about it’s poor fuel range, the M6 seems to have become classified as neither fish-nor-fowl, overtaken in the appeal stakes by Audi’s R8 and not revered in the same way as a 911 Turbo or other more exotic machinery.

    We have an M6 Competition in our hands for the next week, so maybe our test of that will reignite some of the M6’s appeal, especially as a used purchase.

    I drove the E92 M3 DCT a few weeks ago (publishing my impressions over in the M3 long-termer group) and BMW have made some noticeable changes that up the appeal over the version I drove last year. We need ‘more’ of this.

    I’m also a little puzzled by BMW in motorsport – whilst Mercedes and Audi battle it out in DTM (admittedly not the most exciting spectator sport), BMW with it’s unparalleled touring car heritage is battling it out with Seat, Chevvy and Lada!!! Am I the only one wondering whether BMW is ‘giving’ more than it is ‘receiving’ in WTCC?

    I would like to see BMW return to an unchallenged reputation as “the ultimate driving machines”, and whilst I love a sporty SUV I suspect they will neither contribute much financially nor enhance Motorsport division’s reputation.

  • http://drivers-republic.com Steve

    @Neville Contractor – I would certainly love to drive an X6M myself, but not because of the M-badge (in fact I would be inclined to remove it).

    I just find it slightly worrying that BMW’s motorsport range has gone a little quiet of recent. The initial buzz over the E60 M5 quietened down significantly as owners griped about it’s poor fuel range, the M6 seems to have become classified as neither fish-nor-fowl, overtaken in the appeal stakes by Audi’s R8 and not revered in the same way as a 911 Turbo or other more exotic machinery.

    We have an M6 Competition in our hands for the next week, so maybe our test of that will reignite some of the M6’s appeal, especially as a used purchase.

    I drove the E92 M3 DCT a few weeks ago (publishing my impressions over in the M3 long-termer group) and BMW have made some noticeable changes that up the appeal over the version I drove last year. We need ‘more’ of this.

    I’m also a little puzzled by BMW in motorsport – whilst Mercedes and Audi battle it out in DTM (admittedly not the most exciting spectator sport), BMW with it’s unparalleled touring car heritage is battling it out with Seat, Chevvy and Lada!!! Am I the only one wondering whether BMW is ‘giving’ more than it is ‘receiving’ in WTCC?

    I would like to see BMW return to an unchallenged reputation as “the ultimate driving machines”, and whilst I love a sporty SUV I suspect they will neither contribute much financially nor enhance Motorsport division’s reputation.