BMW Australia has ushered in a cheaper version of its V8-powered X6, with the lower-specification M50i Pure the latest addition to the stylish large SUV’s range.
While its higher-specification M50i counterpart is priced from $155,900 plus on-road costs (and therefore headlines the X6 range), the M50i Pure is $15,000 more affordable.
Critically, the M50i Pure is still motivated by M50i’s 4.0-litre twin-turbo bent eight, which runs on petrol and develops a hard-hitting 390kW of power at 6000rpm and 750Nm of torque from 1800-4600rpm.
Matched to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the M50i dashes from a standstill to 100km/h in a scant 4.3 seconds. The M50i Pure should be able to hit this mark, too.
Standard equipment in the M50i Pure includes the same M Sport-tuned exhaust system, differential, adaptive suspension and brakes as the M50i, although it does go without its active anti-roll bars and rear-wheel steering.
The M50i Pure also comes equipped with adaptive LED headlights, a panoramic sunroof, a power-operated tailgate, keyless access, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a head-up display, wireless smartphone charging, front sports seats with heating, ambient interior lighting, and the full suite of advanced driver-assist systems.
Asserting its premium positioning, the M50i ups the ante with laser headlights, soft-close doors, metallic paintwork, a Harman/Kardon sound system, four-zone climate control, heated and cooled cupholders, front lumbar support and a leather-trimmed dashboard. This additional specification is valued at $19,000.