BMW is going to be changing a few key elements. For years they have been using the high revving and normally aspirated engines in their M models - but this will change. They will be taking a new direction and instead start offering the direct-injection turbocharged power plants in these high performance models.
The automaker stated that because of the tougher environmental emission standards and the increase in manufacturing costs something had to change. It is just too expensive and no longer practical to be producing large amounts of their specially designed V8 and V10 engines that can be found in the M3, M5, and M6 models.
The X6 xDrive M will be the first M model to carry the brand new turbocharged engines. It will be produced with a 4.4 liter V8 engine that can produce 500 horsepower and 516 pound-ft of torque. Reports from BMW lead us to believe that this same engine will be placed in the F10 chassis M5 - which we will see late in 2010.