One from the Vault: 2009 BMW X6 xDrive50i car test drives motoring memories luxury cars bmw
One from the Vault: 2009 BMW X6 xDrive50i car test drives motoring memories luxury cars bmw
2009 BMW X6 xDrive50i. Click image to enlarge


Originally published on May 6, 2009

Review and photos by Peter Bleakney
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When: The not-too-distant future
Where: The Museum of the Internal Combustion Engine, Petrolia, Ontario
What: Special Exhibit – 2009 BMW X6 xDrive50i
Who: A grade six school group is exposed to the wonders of early 21st century indulgence.

Hello, children. My name is Mister B, and I’ll be your guide today. This big black apparition before you is a rare 2009 BMW X6 xDrive50i. It looks like it could eat your whole family, doesn’t it? But don’t be scared. These lived on gasoline, and we all know what happened to that stuff. Does anybody know what species this is? Greg?

“Is it an SUV?”

Nope. How ‘bout you, Jil?

“Is it a crossover?”

Close. It’s a SAC, which stands for Sport Activity Coupe. We still don’t know what that means.

“But aren’t coupes supposed to have only two doors?”

Very good, Grant. Now, children, let’s talk about the internal combustion engine that lurks behind the twin-kidney grill. Bavarian Motor Works, and I stress the word motor, were expert engine builders. Car enthusiasts loved their mills, and this twin-turbo direct-injection aluminum 4.4-litre V8, which was introduced in the $78,100 2009 X6 xDrive50i and $112,900 750i sedan, was a corker. It generated 400 horsepower and 450 lb-ft of torque from 1,800 to 4,500 r.p.m. It ripped this SUV… er, SAC to 100 km/h in only 5.6 seconds, and broadcast a song the likes of which hasn’t been heard on this planet for decades.

Can anybody tell me how many cylinders are in a V8 engine?

“Two?”

No, Chris. How about you, Peter?

“Three?”




About Peter

Peter Bleakney is a Toronto-based automotive journalist. He is also a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC).