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Video: BMW Road Tests M Power Meter App With X6 M

 
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BMW M Power Meter iPhone app

Earlier this week we brought you the first word on the new BMW M PowerMeter iPhone app, a tool that turns your phone into an accelerometer-based performance tool. Today, BMW brings us a look at the M Power Meter in action courtesy of the X6 M.

The X6 M is no run-of-the-mill SUV, or SAV as BMW would have it. While we're not exactly sure what it's meant to be, we know precisely what it is: fun. To see how much fun, check out our first-drive review of the 2010 BMW X6 M here.

The video itself features some fancy camera work, some Euro-pop electronic music and some shots of the X6 M in action, illustrating how the program measures the car's movements. It's a great distraction for a Friday afternoon and it might even convince you to give it a try in your car--whatever brand it might be.

[BMW via YouTube]



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  1. it just uses the accelerometer. And to be honest, it’s all a bit pants - but it is free!
    Actually, one of the biggest problems was the fact that it only goes up to 50kph (not 200kph as stated in the report above - perhaps that will be reserved for the full version).
    Also not sure how accurate it is, I managed to get up to 50kph just sitting here at my desk and tilting the iphone.
     
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  2. I don't see anything wrong with a hot rodded SUV. I didn't see this many complaints when Jeep released their Grand Cherokee SRT8.
    Sounds to me like it's a bunch of pretentious fanboys getting their panties in a twist about the direction BMW has been taking.
     
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  3. I agree that there's nothing wrong with a performance SUV, if someone will buy it then it's all good. This is a free market after all and I don't believe in dictating the options a consumer has, regardless of my own opinion.
    But it's not that no one is complaining about the Cherokee. Jeep makes SUVs, their fans are off-roaders. This site mainly deals with performance and luxury, so there's really no one to complain about the Cherokee. But there are plenty who do. A Cherokee that can't tow or handle wet grass is ridiculous.
    BMW and Porsche manufacture sports cars that stand out for their handling, engines, and relative low weights. An SUV goes against all of that. And since many fans of those manufacturers visit this site you hear many complaints.
    I've always had some respect for the Cayenne though. It's a good off-roader and an awesome track machine considering how big and heavy it is. It has serious abilities and that's how I judge it. The BMW "SUV"s though aren't off-roaders so I can never take one seriously regardless of how much power they have because under it all they'll always be an SUV and any real SUV should handle itself off the road.
     
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