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BMW DTM drivers Timo Glock and Marco Wittmann recently headed to the Circuit of the Americas with the recently revealed 2015 BMW X6 M. The high-performance SUV may not be the perfect toy for a racetrack but the following video shows that it can still perform quite well when pushed to its limits at the hand of real race drivers.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypKgvgVy43s&t=70[/youtube]

The X6 M of course gets a familiar twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine. Power is boosted by 12 hp and 53 lb-ft resulting in final figures of 567 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque at a very low 2,200 rpm. With launch control enabled, the BMW X5 M is capable of sprinting to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a brisk 4.2 seconds. It manages an economy rating of 11.1-litres of petrol per 100 km which is about 21.1 mpg in the United States. CO2 emissions sit at 258 g/km.

Other changes include a brand new eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission which feeds power to BMW’s revised xDrive system. Changes to the suspension include new upper wishbones, stiffer springs for a 10 mm drop in ride height and self-levelling air suspension for the rear wheels. Three different modes are available for the suspension; Comfort, Sport and Sport+. Essentially, the new BMW X5 M and X6 M are the same car but with cosmetic differences!

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