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CAR OF THE MONTH November 2008

Sporty Chimera
2008 BMW X6 xDrive35i
A three-quarter front view of a silver 2008 BMW X6 xDrive35i

In short: An athletic, fun-to-drive 4-passenger crossover.

Though unable to decide whether it’s a sports coupe or an SUV, the X6’s athletic demeanor leaves no doubt that it’s intended to be fun to drive. Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine, this four-passenger crossover is nimble (it has an all-wheel drive) and swift, accelerating from 0-60 mph in approximately six seconds.

An interior view of a 2008 BMW X6 xDrive35i

Yet the vehicle weighs nearly 5,000 pounds, and gets a correspondingly mediocre fuel mileage average of 20 mpg with highway driving. In spite of this, and its overall expense, the car is meant for enjoyment. For example, our tester had dark bamboo trim and leather upholstery, and our ten-way power-adjustable seats were heated. Additional luxuries included a rear-view camera and a twelve-speaker sound system with two subwoofers.

A three-quarter rear view of a silver 2008 BMW X6 xDrive35i

Warranty/Service: Four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty; twelve-year rust perforation warranty; four-year/50,000-mile full maintenance program; four-year/unlimited-mile BMW Roadside Assistance program.

Base Price: $52,500 / As tested: $63,675

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, xDrive all-wheel drive, 4-passenger, 5-door crossover

Engine: 3.0-liter DOHC, 24-valve inline 6-cylinder with twin-turbo, direct fuel injection and VVT
Horsepower: 300 hp @ 5,800 rpm
Torque: 300 lb-ft @ 1,400 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight:
4,894 lbs
Wheelbase: 115.5 in
Length/Width/Height: 192/78.1/66.5 in
Turning circle: 42 ft

all-wheel vented disc with ABS
Suspension: double wishbone in front; multi-link in rear
Traction: traction control; hill descent control

0-60 mph: 6 seconds (est)
Top Speed: n/a
60-0 mph: 116 ft

EPA City: 15 mpg
EPA Highway: 20 mpg

Smog Index:

ront seat side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags; rollover sensor; tire pressure monitor

performance, drivetrain

Dislikes: lack of rear vision, huge, pesky gear lever

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