The 458 Spider is a folding-hardtop convertible that offers an open-air experience for those who prefer the warm Miami wind in their face. The spider is mechanically identical in most respects to the Italia, with a 4.5-liter direct-injection V8 that shifts through a seven-speed dual-clutch automated-manual transmission.
Power for the X6 M comes from a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that is also found under the hood of the M5, the more practical X5 M and the aforementioned M6. For use in the X6 the eight-cylinder has been tuned to generate 567 horsepower between 6,000 and 6,500 rpm and 553 lb-ft. of torque from 2,200 to 5,000 rpm. An eight-speed M Steptronic transmission works with a M-specific version of BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system to send the V8’s power to all four wheels. The transmission can be left in “drive” or it can be controlled via shift paddles mounted behind the steering wheel.