BMW X5 M Competition Gets Spray-On Autoflex Fire Orange II Wrap
Scrolling through the Bimmerpost forum, we came across this dazzling Fire Orange II BMW X5 M Competition.
Unbeknown to us, we thought it was someone who had splashed for an expensive BMW Individual paint option but it is actually a spray-on ‘wrap’ similar to Plastidip.
Subsequently, we found out that there is a product on the market that simply blows away everything that came before it. It’s called Autoflex and is essentially a high-end professional paint job that can be peeled away.
AutoFlex is perfect for professional body shops, paint shops, and custom shops looking for the finish of a high-end paint job at the price of a wrap. It’s available in matte, satin or high gloss, and can be sanded, buffed, polished and waxed like a standard clear coat.
While the X5 M is an extraordinary achievement in the dark art of making an SUV handle like a sportscar and boasts a superbly effective engine coupled with a world-class transmission, the sacrifices aren’t worth the rewards. The ride is too intrusive on a vehicle that will likely function as luxury family transport, and the price – certainly on par with its rivals – seems far too high when BMW offers an M50i with 90% of the talent at 64% of the cost.
Too often, the experience doesn’t justify the price of admission. That applies here, too. While the disorderly X5 M showed us a good ol’ time, it left us battered and bruised. We’d happily fork out less money for access to a more cultured performance. M50i, it’s your turn to shine.
Picture the scene: you’re at a concert of a musician you’ve long admired. There’s a palpable sense of expectation in the air. Then, the supporting act takes the stage and woos the crowd, to everyone’s surprise. It’ll be a tough act for the main entertainer to follow …
German tuner Hamann has gone aero crazy on a 2+ tonne coupe SUV
The standard BMW X6 M isn’t exactly a wallflower, and for that reason, we’re all for the tuners of the world trying to make it more palatable. It can’t get any worse, that's for sure.
Say hello then, to German company Hamann’s bodykitted X6 M. Yep, it’s definitely worse.
There are FOUR rear wings for goodness’ sake. Yeah, the two lip spoilers on the bootlid and the roof are standard, but did it really need another two on top? The new wheels are massive 23-inchers too, and Hamann will also fit a front lip, side skirts and a new rear diffuser. Surely there’s not enough aero trickery in the world to help an X6 M.
Hamann will also fit new springs to lower your giant coupe SUV by around 35mm, and you get new badges front and rear to let everyone else on the road know they should probably avoid you.
Manhart Loads BMW X6 M Competition With Forged Carbon Fibre
Manhart has taken the covers off their MHX6 700 WB which is a BMW X6 M Competition in Wide Body (WB) trim which as you can see is thanks to an overload of forged carbon fibre.
The total kit makes use of 24 forged carbon components which includes the grille, bonnet intakes, front splitter, mirror caps, fender add-ons, aerodynamic side sill extensions, double rear spoiler, rear bumper inlets, and diffuser.
The wide-body is paired with a new matte Charcoal Metallic wrap and the signature black Manhart decals on the bonnet, profile, roof, and tailgate. Wrapping up the exterior changes is a set of Manhart Concave One 22-inch forged wheels finished in satin black, with six double-spokes.
Pop the hood and you will find the familiar twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 but it has been cranked up to punch out 720 hp (537 kW) and 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) of torque. The power hike was achieved thanks to an MHtronic auxiliary control unit but the same result can be had with an ECU remapping.
Manhart MHX6 features lots of power and forged carbon
For every ridiculously fast BMW, there’s a frighteningly fast Manhart variation, the latest example of this is the Manhart MHX6 700 WB.
Sure, the standard BMW X6 M Competition churns out a strong 460 kW and 750 N.m from its 4,4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 motor, but Manhart have cranked it up as they always do. 544 kW and 900 N.m will certainly make for electrifying performance from the large coupé, and to match the performance, certain visual modifications are available, too.
The ‘WB’ in the vehicles name hints at the fact that the MHX6 features a 24-piece widebody kit. Made of “artistic forged carbon” the kit looks a little like polished marble in certain lighting conditions. In other lighting conditions though, the same finish does tend to look a little bit like you’ve left your car under a bird-filled tree overnight…
The body kit includes a front spoiler, radiator grille, two-part rear spoiler, rear diffuser, side skirts, multi-part wing extensions, exterior mirror housings and a forged carbon bonnet. The rest of the vehicle is wrapped in a matte charcoal metallic wrap and is festooned with Manhart decals just so that you know who created this monster.