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By Charl Bosch

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BMW unleashes mild-hybrid assisted updated X6 M Competition

Backed-up by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, the X6 M Competition will be joining the X5 M Competition on South African soil in the third quarter of 2023.


At the same as revealing the updated X5 M Competition, BMW has mirrored its double act by taking the wraps off of facelift X6 M Competition.

More aggressive looking

Debuting two weeks after the refreshed X6, shown alongside the reworked X5, the X6 M Competition incorporates the same exterior redress touches as the standard model and indeed the X5 M Competition, but adds a different take on the rear spoiler.

As a result of the fastback coupe-style rear, the spoiler moves from the roof to the bootlid due to a pair of carbon fibre flaps being located on the outer edges of the window.

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While it keeps the Matrix LED headlights, black chrome quad exhaust outlets and alloy wheels measuring 21-inches at the front and 22-inches at the rear, an option not offered on the X5 M Competition is the carbon fibre mirror caps and gloss black lower lip spoiler.

Similar to the X5 though, the X6 M Competition can be specified in the same trio of new colours; Brooklyn Grey Metallic, Frozen Pure Grey Metallic and the Isle of Man Green Metallic, along with the optional Shadowline exterior pack.

M-ified Curved Display

Inside, the revisions from the X5 M Competition have been carried over, namely the Curved Display with M specific readouts and graphics, the M Sport seats finished in Merino leather, new ambient lighting bar, the M steering wheel and the redesigned centre console with the M gear lever instead of the rotary dial.

Brawny facelift BMW X6 M Competition revealed
Sloping roofline and rear facia won’t appeal to everyone.

Unsurprisingly, practicality in the X6 M Competition is less than in the X5 with boot space dropping from 650-litres to 580-litres and from 1 870-litres to 1 530-litres with the 40/20/40 split rear seat folded down.

Revised dynamics

Underneath, the same changes made to the X5’s chassis have been carried over the X6 as a result of the new 48-volt mild-hybrid system.

This includes a revised M adaptive suspension, retuned electric power steering, improved dampers and Active M Differential, increased body rigidity and beefed-up M compound brakes.

BMW has unveiled the more aggressive looking updated X6 M Competition
Curved Display takes pride of place inside.

Two turbos, eight-cylinders and 48-volts

As for the engine, the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 produces an unchanged 460kW/750Nm, though as a result of the mild-hybrid system, delivers an additional nine kilowatts and 200 Nm for short bursts.

Hooked to a brand-new eight-speed Steptronic gearbox with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system sending the amount of twist to all four corners, the X6 M Competition will get from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 250 km/h.

With the optional M Driver’s Package, the restricted v-max rises to 290 km/h. As with the X5 M Competition though, the added electric hardware has seen the X6 M Competition’s weight rise by 90 kg to over 2.4-tons.

BMW has unveiled the more aggressive looking updated X6 M Competition
Six colours can be specified for the Merino leather M Sport seats.

South Africa bound

Set to go on-sale in April in the United States and Europe with production again taking place at BMW’s global X-model plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, South African market sales of the X6 M Competition has been confirmed from the third quarter of this year.

Expect BMW South Africa to announce pricing at a later stage with a likely premium over the current pre-facelift model’s R3 028 842 asking price.

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