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BMW X6 Typhoon by G-Power

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In 2011, if you needed a gargantuan SUV with almost 900bhp, G-Power had just the thing for you…

In 2011, if you wanted to give a Green palpitations, you needed to order one of the newly introduced G-Power Typhoons, based on the BMW X6 M and one of the least socially aware cars ever devised. In standard form the first-generation (E71) BMW X6M was barking mad with its 547bhp twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine, but by the time G-Power had done its stuff there was a minimum of 715bhp on tap.

While the regular X6 M Typhoon got that 715bhp rating, for those who wanted more there was the G-Power Typhoon RS V10, with a twin-supercharged 5.5-litre V10 engine rated at a frankly ludicrous 888bhp. Peak torque for the Typhoon was pegged at 655lb ft at just 1500rpm, but for those who wanted more this could be boosted to 737lb ft (1000Nm) – although a stronger gearbox had to be fitted if this box was ticked. The Typhoon RS V10's maximum torque figure was 640lb ft at 6800rpm.

Limited to just five units, the €675,000 (plus local taxes) X6 M Typhoon RS V10 had a top speed of 206mph, whereas the Typhoon could manage no more than a rather embarrassing 190mph or so; both cars had an identical 0-62mph (0-100km/h) time of 4.2 seconds, with the Typhoon RS V10 claimed to be able to despatch the 0-124mph (0-200km/h) dash in less than 13 seconds.

As the pictures show, the Typhoon was happy to shout about its abilities, with 23-inch wheels fitted as standard, along with a wide-arch bodykit that increased the BMW's width by 7cm. By the time G-Power had fitted coilover suspension and dropped the ride height by 30mm the X6 M had a noticeably more purposeful stance than usual. To prevent the Typhoon from becoming airborne there were twin rear spoilers along with redesigned undertrays for the most efficient airflow possible.

Other mechanical upgrades included a stainless steel sports exhaust and ceramic brakes with six-piston callipers at the front; there were four-piston callipers at the rear.

Five LED light units housed in the sills illuminated the ground as the doors were opened, while the bonnet incorporated an active cooling system to ensure that the engine didn't overheat and the car remained as aerodynamically efficient as possible throughout the speed range.


Typhoon costs (plus local taxes)
Engine upgrades €13,526
Body kit From €13,361
Bonnet €5865
Wheels and tyres (x4) €8865
Ceramic brakes (front) €14,460
Ceramic brakes (rear) €11,778
Coilover suspension €3029

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