BMW Group Malaysia has launched the second-generation BMW X6 M. The big SAC (that’s Sports Activity Coupe) is powered by a 4.4 litre V8 M TwinPower Turbo engine said to be the most powerful engine developed for the firm’s all-wheel drive models.

With 575 hp and 750 Nm of torque – 20 hp and 10% more torque than before – the X6 M does the century sprint in 4.2 seconds. Despite this, fuel consumption and C02 emissions have been reduced to 11.1 litres per 100 km and 258 g/km respectively. The engine is mated to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and power is laid down via xDrive with Dynamic Performance Control.

This latter has electronically adjustable damping for Comfort, Sport and Sport + modes, while the M Servotronic steering system allows for various steering parameters to suit driver preferences. The 21-inch M alloy wheels now come with non-runflat tyres for better steering response and greater handling.

The front façade has large air intakes to cool the transmission, engine and beefier front brakes, while its flaps underneath reduce lift and improve the overall aerodynamics of the machine. “Air breathers” located behind the front wheels alleviate the turbulence from the wheels at certain speeds. While at the rear, the quad-exhaust setup makes it distinctively different from the others.

On the inside, the X6 M’s cockpit has the distinctive leather-wrapped M steering wheel with gearshift paddles, M gearshift lever and exclusive electric M multifunction seats too.

The M instrument cluster, comprehensive BMW ConnectedDrive and optional full-colour Head-Up Display with M-specific views for gears, rev range and shift light also make an appearance. The BMW M lap timer app is also available for selected smartphones and it can be accessed via the iDrive controller too.

The estimated retail price (on the road, without insurance) of the new BMW X6 M is RM1,238,800. It comes with the company’s latest five-year unlimited mileage warranty and free scheduled service programme.