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GP Week : Issue 55
The car’s the star THERE are few things more satisfying than watching an angry, light flashing git in an Audi disappear in your rear view mirror – especially when you’re driving a car that should handle like a tank. The BMW X6 is, let’s make no bones about it, a stupidly big car. It is about the size of a Sherman tank, and one does get the feeling you’re sitting in a gun turret when you first take the wheel. Only, it’s a gun turret that’s covered in leather, with a million funky dials, flappy paddle gearshift, and a driving seat that feels like an armchair. It is comfort driving par excellence. For a long road trip, I doubt I could have asked for a finer driving experience. The ride was smooth, and the fuel consumption was astonishingly good for what is a massive car. It’s 3.5 litre twin turbo diesel engine purrs along very happily at the European speed limit, and still had a huge amount in reserve of its 286hp for annoying the Audi drivers and making the most of the Autobahns. Come rain or shine it handled beautifully, and in good conditions and around the winding roads surrounding the Nürburgring, the sport setting tightened everything up and turned the chunky wonder into an aggressive and enjoyably responsive machine. After a week in the car, I was still learning about its intricacies. From its intelligent full beam lights that automatically dip when they see an approaching car, to the fantastic heads up display that combines a speedo and 0