Possible BMW X5M, X6M Prototypes Spotted In Spartanburg

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Some are suggesting that the BMW X5 and X6 prototypes you see here will wear the sacred "M" badge when they reach production. The rules used to state that all BMW "M" cars must be naturally aspirated and rear-wheel-drive. But with rumors of turbochargers being bolted to future M-models, and now the prospect of these soft-roaders, presumably with power being sent to all four wheels, it looks like the rules laid down by the founding fathers are being shredded a-la the US constitution. But are we really seeing what we think we're seeing here?
Much as we still have faith in democracy, we're also skeptical as to whether or not these particular vehicles are M-prototypes — or if M-badged trucks are coming at all. For instance, you'd think that they'd fit an M-model with bigger wheels, and maybe even remove the roof rack, but then they are just prototypes. All enthusiasts should hope these are just sport editions — if they are full-blown M-models, there really is nothing sacred left. [palbay]

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I've driven the '08 135i, 335i, M3, X3, X5, X6, at length. I have driven all iterations of the M3 and race a E36 M3. In my opinion there is nothing wrong with BMW. They still make the most engaging cars on the market. If the M3 and 1 series isn't for enthusiasts I don't know what is. And, I can tell you that stripped down sports cars suck to live with every day unless you live where it is a comfortable 70 degrees year round and don't like comfort or music or your hearing, or don't need to drive over anything bigger than a skittle, or don't want your girl to ride with you. I'll take an X6M for my day to day and laugh at all the wrinkled noses.

I spent half a day behind the wheel of the X6 and I loved it. It's not for everyone and that is the point. That's what Camrys are for. I get the styling. It looks like a huge bad ass concept car. It makes passenger cars look weak and anemic. I get the utility. You don't need a cargo van but you want a commanding position to drive around in. It handles great. Feels much smaller than it is. It is a great vehicle to spend time in and totally livable. It is the most "enthusiast" orientated SUV I have driven this side of a Cayenne T.

And now I will like that factory sponsorship.