BMW are to present two defiant worldwide firsts at next month's 2008 Detroit Auto Show. An all-new twin-turbo V8 unit will debut in a vehicle that combines the dynamic appeal of a coupe with the versatility offered only by an SAV.

BMW are to present two defiant worldwide firsts at next month's 2008 Detroit Auto Show. An all-new twin-turbo V8 unit will debut in a vehicle that combines the dynamic appeal of a coupe with the versatility offered only by an SAV. This is a production crossover only BMW could concoct: the mould-breaking X6 Sports Activity Coupe.

Redefining the very coupe concept, the five-door, four-seater X6 is a model fusing the flexibility and powerful presence offered by BMW's high-riding, load-lugging X models with the 'sporting elegance' of a large BMW Coupe.

The X6 Sports Activity Coupe introduces two twin-turbo units to its initial line-up. The X6 sees the debut of a 4.4-litre V8 engine producing 400 hp and 450 lb.-ft. of torque and the inclusion of a 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder with 300 hp and 300 lb.-ft of torque for introductory models dubbed xDrive50i and xDrive35i respectively. But further technology features beyond the hood.

Standard with BMW's proven xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the X6 comes with a new feature, named Dynamic Performance Control.  The DPC system not only splits torque between front and rear axles, but also to either left or right rear wheels.  As a result, the X6 delivers improved agility and stability at any speed via the variable distribution and multiplication of torque at each rear wheel, allowing enhanced steering precision and more abrupt turns whether accelerating or decelerating.

The new BMW X6 is expected to arrive at BMW Dealerships in the U.S. second quarter of 2008. Pricing and options will be released in the months preceding. Read on for further details.

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