Imagine stopping at a red light next to a Bimmer with M badge. You get excited and roll down the window to hear the glorious rumble of its engine. But to your shock, you hear nothing! The light turns green and the M passes in front of you mortified. Sounds like an âICEâ nightmare, doesn’t it? Well, that’s somewhat true with the beefed-up BMW iX M60 – the very first electric M-badge crossover.
One thing is for sure, the iX M60 has despicable design language. We understand that switching to EV is more than a slap in the face of batteries and motors. But come on! Bmw must be gone hello with their new design language. It’s like they’re obsessed with beaver teeth! Critics aside, the iX M60 is another bold step for BMW as it is the start of electrified M performance among SUVs.
And on paper, it looks really breathtaking. 610 HP and 0-60 MPH in under 4 seconds (that’s sports car territory) can put a big smile on your face, even in silence. Colossal torque figures make us forget the fact that this all-electric performance BMW weighs nearly 6,000 pounds. Currently, the iX M60 remains a unicorn and intact as its closest competitor is the Audi e-tron S which lacks 200 hp!
The 2023 BMW iX M60 is the prologue to the all-electric âMâ Future crossover.
BMW’s Most Powerful Electric Crossover
Right off the bat, the 2023 BMW iX M60 is the German automaker’s most powerful electric crossover. Technically, it uses the same 111.5 kWh battery found in the top-of-the-line BMW iX, but has been given electrical supplements to produce 610 HP and a jaw-dropping 811 lb-ft of torque. It comes with standard all-wheel drive and an engine is attached to each axle.
This also gives the M silencer a 0-60 MPH time of just 3.6 seconds. For obvious reasons, top speed is capped at 155 MPH. The added pressure of performance robs it of range, with 280 miles on a full charge, as opposed to the estimated 300 miles promised by the standard iX.
Adaptive air suspension promises magical dynamics
It is the first M car to be based on BMW’s future-ready modular platform. While most of its underpinnings tie into the standard iX, driving dynamics is where the M60 comes into play. It includes a double wishbone front suspension and a 5-link rear axle. It also comes with standard M-treated twin-axle adaptive air suspension with electronic dampers. This translates into increased stability in the turns and confidence in a straight line.
Electric steering knobs on the rear wheels for inclusive handling characteristics. All of these electronically controlled gadgets make in-depth changes when changing driving modes for a more inclusive driving experience. You’ll feel the steering and suspension stiffen in Sport mode, and you’ll also doubt this Bimmer is an M with comfortable ride in Comfort mode.
The technical interior is unchanged from the standard iX
BMW did not glorify the interior with “M” goodies, and is mainly taken from the standard BMW iX. The subtle changes are limited to the upholstery options where you have five color choices – Moka, Black, Amido, and Castanea Chestnut.
The upholstery material can be chosen between SensaTex faux leather or perforated cowhide leather. High-end features are standard in the iX M60, with the instrument panel adorned with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster and a larger 12.9-inch infotainment screen stacked in a slab of continuous floating glass. It is highlighted with brushed aluminum accents and classic BMW end caps like the crystal shift knob and the Drive controller.
Ironically, we did not find any “M” badges in the interior press images. Technological features are a strong point for the 2023 iX M60 with the cabin benefiting from the BMW Live Cockpit Professional standard. It also contains BMW Natural Interaction which gives the driver voice and gesture commands for various functions. Heated and ventilated seats are also standard.
M-Treatment makes her look cool but still has a beaver face
Yes, we are not a fan of the face of the BMW iX. But the M treatment tries to add some sportiness to the controversial design language. It comes with cooler 21-inch wheels set against the backdrop of blue painted M calipers. BMW offers seven vibrant exterior colors, including Alpine White, Dark Graphite, Phytonic Blue, Blue Ridge Mountain, Storm Bay, Oxide Gray and Aventurine Red.
But the coolest exterior treatment has to be the optional Titanium Bronze accent pack. Subtle inserts on the exterior are painted in this desirable shade, including the “M” logo. The addition of the optional 22 inch aero wheels with an exclusive titanium bronze design will surely add to its unique appeal. Everything else comes straight from the standard iX.
BMW iX M60 2023: price and launch date
The 2022 BMW iX M60 has an MSRP of $ 105,000, making it BMW’s most expensive electric SUV. For tons of torque and some subtle M drama it puts on the table, this unicorn is surely worth the $ 21,800 premium over the standard AWD iX. The iX M60 will launch in the United States in June 2022.
Sources: Press.bmwgroup, com
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