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BMW X6 in 'secret' CT shoot

2008-01-22 08:43
The new BMW X6, which was just unveiled at the Detroit Motor Show, has made a "secret" visit to the Mother City. A heavily-disguised X6 was spied at a BMW dealership in the Cape Town foreshore.

BMW calls its latest model range a "Sport Activity Coupe", and although the German carmaker describes it as cross-over coupe, it is nearer to a hunkered down X5 with a radically sculptured roofline.

The X6, which Wheels24 photographer William McIntosh snapped, is the range-topping xDrive50i. The xDrive50i is powered by a new twin-turbo, direct-injected 4.4-litre V8 pumping out 300kW and an almighty 600Nm of torque from 1750r/min.

The X6 features Dynamic Performance Control (DPC), which splits drive force between drive wheels on the ear axle, acting like a highly sophisticated limited slip differential of sorts.

This awesome torque output is thanks mostly to the twin-turbochargers which are uniquely located in the centre of the cylinder V-section, between the two banks of cylinders. BMW quotes figures a 0-100km/h sprint in 5.4 seconds, combined consumption of 12.4 litres per 100km and the obligatory governed 250km/h top speed.

X6 will go on sale in South Africa during the second quarter of 2008. At launch only the BMW X6 xDrive35i and xDrive35d will be available with the xDrive50i becoming available in early 2009.


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Opel Astra 1.4T Enjoy auto – understated and smart new hatch

When it comes to the mid-size hatchback choice, there are a few default choices, a few bland ones… and some often overlooked cars. The Opel Astra hatch is an example of the latter, writes David Swanepoel. - Sponsored

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