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Hamann's X6 for Tycoons

2009-01-20 07:58
BMW tuning specialist Hamann has fattened the X6 and made it faster. Curious.

You might think Hamann is being beyond brazen by naming its latest X6-based creation Tycoon – all rather unoriginal considering the X6’s nouveau riche image. You’d be wrong though. Hamann’s X6 Tycoon employs the original Japanese concept behind the word tycoon – denoting an extraordinary form.

Can the X6 get any wider?

Widebody kits for the new X6 have been the mainstay of aftermarket design modifications from German tuning firms for BMW's oddest creation. Hamann’s take on the X6 styling relates a car which is 60mm wider, thanks primarily to wider fender flares, airflow managing side skirts and a new fascia with LED embedded daytime running lights.

The positioning of the horizontally arranged LEDs, which frame the front fender vents, are the most disjointing element of the front view; they would have been better served integrated into the headlight arrangement…

Around the rear you’ll notice a roof spoiler (neatening up the X6’s most controversial view) and diffuser, which keeps vehicle stability commensurate with the additional engine power and consequent speed potential.

Beyond the airflow stabilising effect of the rear diffuser, a 40mm suspension drop and huge 23-inch wheels (what else is going to fill those massive arches?) sporting bespoke tyres ensure handling is on par with performance.

Neat power upgrades

Power upgrades from Hamann include a 25kW boost for xDrive35d models (235kW instead of 210kW) with torque peaking 80Nm higher at 660Nm.

Tycoon customers who have an aversion to compression ignition can upgrade their xDrive35i (featuring the award winning twin-turbo BMW straight-six) to the tune of 264kW and 540Nm, a significant improvement over the standard 225kW and 400Nm.

Hamann is still in the final research and development trials of its xDrive50i twin-turbo V8 power upgrade, which will constitute the range-topping engine choice.

As a traditionally German, autobahn storming, aftermarket tuner Hamann will gladly liberate the 250km/h speed governor on your Tycoon to allow forays up to the 275km/h range.

Interior design embellishments include lashings of carbon-fibre on the steering wheel and practically any other surface which is not a dial or knob.

In black Hamann's latest BMW based product looks quite striking. Whether you’d want to tool around in a car with the word Tycoon emblazoned on the side is another matter altogether…



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