2015 BMW X6 M actually laps Nurburgring in 8:20?

Modern SUVs really are becoming ‘multi-purpose’ vehicles. Need proof? The new BMW X6 M has reportedly just lapped the demanding Nurburgring in 8:20, which would make it as quick as a dedicated high-end sports car.

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Equipped with a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 churning out 423kW and 750Nm, the new X6 M certainly has the heart to belt out seriously quick figures. When you add a full-time all-wheel drive system to the equation, it is just ballistic. Acceleration from 0-100km/h in done and dusted in just 4.2 seconds.

You might remember last year BMW M project manager said the new model could lap the Nurburgring as fast as the E92 BMW M3 V8. Given the M3 has previously been timed at 8:05, it was reasonable to assume the X6 M could match that too.

According to a BimmerToday report, AutoZeitung has taken the new model for a blast around the infamously dangerous circuit and clocked an 8:20. Although it is not close to the previously assumed time of 8:05, it would place it ahead of the E46 M3 (8:22).

BMW M is yet to confirm any official times and we are yet to see footage of an official timed lap. However, even at 8:20, this would make it quicker than a Porsche Cayman S (8:25), a Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 (8:22), and even a 2008 Lotus Exige S (8:25). It would also be the quickest production SUV. We’ll have to wait for official confirmation.

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Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.