BMW M Series X6 M50d 3.0 Review
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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
26 Jan 2014


BMW’s Motorsports division has produced some of the most eclectic cars in the automotive world for the better part of four decades. This sub-division has spent the last few decades perfecting the muscle car concept albeit with a lot more sophistication than the Americans.

Just the mention of ‘M’ would conjure up images of understated sedans with enough ponies under the bonnet to match a 911.

So what is Munich’s most esteemed badge doing on the trunk lid of a large SUV?

The M50d is part of BMW’s attempt to bridge the performance gap between their thoroughbred M cars with their less performance oriented models. The M Performance division takes the normal BMW models and improves their performance and handling enough to provide driving fun but falls short of being as hardcore as the flagship M cars. 

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Engine Capacity 2993cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 6
Power 381bhp @ 4000rpm
Torque 740Nm @ 2000rpm
Power to Weight 171.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 5.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.0 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 8 -speed Auto
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric


Body Type SUV
(L x W x H)
(4876 x 1983 x 1684) mm
Wheelbase 2933 mm
Kerb Weight 2225 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 85 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs