We know the Audi RS Q8 is coming soon, likely making its debut at the 2019 LA Auto Show in November. When it finally arrives, it will be the most powerful SUV the brand has ever made. However, it won’t be the most powerful SUV in its class, as the new BMW X6 M has just been revealed and it’s here to tackle the RS Q8 directly.
This new BMW X6 M is obviously based off of the standard X6 SUV, a car that normally contends with the regular Audi Q8. The X6 M, though, is much more than that. For starters, it packs one helluva wallop. With its 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8, the same one seen in the current BMW M5, it makes 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque as-standard. That’s a bit more horsepower but likely less torque than the Audi RS Q8 will make, if the RS7’s 591 hp and 590 lb-ft are anything to go by.
However, there will also be a BMW X6 M Competition, which will pack a hefty 625 hp and 553 lb-ft. That makes the Competition model quite a bit more powerful than the RS Q8. So it could be a bit quicker than the big Audi.
According to BMW, the X6 M should be able to get from 0-62 mph in 3.9 seconds (standard car) and 3.8 seconds (Competition-spec). That’s seriously quick for such a big, heavy car.
Not only is it massively powerful but it should also handle quite well. BMW M has given the brutish X6 M a complete overhaul, including a sportier suspension, revised suspension kinematics, more rigid suspension mounting points and increased negative camber, among other things. So it should be a shockingly capable SUV. Especially considering just how impressive the previous-gen was.
The only real downside is its looks. The BMW X6 M is just not a pretty car. To be honest, none of these coupe-like SUVs are pretty but at least the Audi RS Q8 will look sportier and more sculpted. Personally, I really didn’t love the look of the Audi Q8 when I first saw it but it’s grown on me a lot since then. So I actually think the RS Q8 will be a cool looking SUV.
We still have to wait over a month to see what the RS Q8 will be likebut we get to see the BMW X6 M right here, right now and it looks like a very tough competitor.