Posted by Harish KumarApril 21, 2009 at 8:38 pm
Just a week after the BMW X6 M made its debut, HARTGE steals the show with their tuned version of the BMW X6. Unlike the X6M which has a highly sophisticated Twin-Turbo V-8 petrol engine, the HARTGE X6 is based on the BMW X6 Xdrive35d and you guessed it right, it’s an oil burning diesel under the bonnet. So let’s see how this one stacks up against the competition.
So if you are not happy with some bit of the X6 or the entire vehicle, then this one is really worth more than a second glance. If the looks of the X6 M are not easy on your eyes, then this one is a step above in terms of looks. The silver shade looks much better than the standard red that the X6 M was shown with. Also, the grilles are covered in cross meshes that make it look that much better.
The front bull bar/front skirts are embossed with longitudinal slats and the fenders get widened wheel arches and vents behind the front wheels that multiply the style quotient. The side skirts are nicely sculpted and blend nicely into the rear section that features an integrated huge diffuser and integrated quadrilateral Stainless-Steel tail pipes. The aerodynamic parts are made from PUR-RIM which is an ultra-lightweight polyurethane plastic.
The main party-piece of the HARTGE X6 is the tuned 3.0 liter Twin Turbocharged diesel engine that puts out 328 bhp and a mammoth 675 Nm (498 ft-lb) of torque! That’s as much as a Ferrari Enzo! The torque combined with a weight of 2,185 kgs can get their X6 to 100 km/h in 6.0 secs (6.9 for the standard model) and on to a top speed of 256 km/h. This does sound like a better alternative to the X6M after all, mainly because this works out to be a little bit cheaper and sports a more economical oil burning engine.
The superior handling characteristics are matched by a HARTGE suspension that lowers the body by 30mm. Couple this to those magnificent 22-inh Classic-2 wheels shod with 295/30 ZR 22 front and 335/25 ZR 22 rear, there seems to be loads of grip available for use. The wheels are a work of art and look stunning. Interior detailing is embellished by carbon paneling used generously and includes a new Hartge 3-spoke steering wheel.
Prices for the X6 HARTGE kit start at 29,353.94 Euros which includes labor and all parts prices. This means that a Hartge tuned X6 should come to around 80,000 Euros, which is definitely lesser than the X65M by around 20,000 Euros. This certainly is the X6 to go for at this price and features!
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Herbert Hartge and his team have pushed the skilful stylistic blend of a four-wheel drive vehicle from the SAV segment (below the waistline) and a coupé (above it) into a new dimension. His X6 xDrive35d is more than an extraordinary symbiosis of a high-street thoroughbred and a crossover workhorse. Although the diesel engine with Twin turbocharger is already the most powerful in its class, the specialists from Germany’s Saarland region have breathed on the power plant so it now generates no less than 241 kW (328 hp) at 4400 rpm and a mighty 675 Nm of torque low down at 2000 rpm. At the same time, the emissions remain well within limits for such a powerful vehicle at 220 g/km. Indeed, the X6 xDrive35d from HARTGE uses half a litre less diesel per 100 kilometres than its series counterpart under comparable conditions. Equally impressive are the performance figures. Despite a weight of 2,185 kg, the X6 takes only six seconds to reach 100 km/h and is thus significantly quicker off the mark than the standard xDrive35d (6.9 sec.). The maximum speed – there is no electronic limiter on the HARTGE model – has been measured at 256 km/h.
Visually underscoring the concentrated power hidden beneath the bonnet is the HARTGE aerodynamic kit in high quality PUR-RIM material. Wheel-arch extensions linked by side sills provide sufficient room for the HARTGE suspension, which includes a set of sports springs with or without level-control system for the rear axle and lowering by 30 mm, and the company’s “CLASSIC 2″ wheels (10.5 x 22″ offset 33 at the front and 12 x 22” offset 23 at the back).
These attractive aluminium wheels are fitted with ultra-wide tyres (295 / 30 ZR 22 at the front and 335 / 25 ZR 22 at the rear). Rounding off the kit are a front spoiler and a rear skirt with an integrated diffuser while carbon casings for the exterior mirrors, stainless-steel tail pieces with quadrilateral tail pipes (large version) left and right for the exhaust system, HARTGE emblems and insignia emphasize the individual outfit of this X6.
The interior is dominated by a sporting atmosphere à la HARTGE. Via the HARTGE 3-spoke leather steering wheel with carbon inserts – alternatively, carbon steering-wheel covers are available – the driver’s glance falls on a 300 km/h speedometer and rev counter with dials in silver metallic and red needles. Plenty of room for personal touches to the “interior architecture” of the X6 is given by a variety of accessories including decor and interior trim, carbon parts for the dashboard and consoles, aluminium foot rest and pedal set, as well as black velour foot and load-area mats.
A full HARTGE conversion for the X6 xDrive35d – including fitment and painting work – costs EUR 29,353.94 including 19% VAT. Naturally, all parts can also be retrofitted individually.