BMW’s EV flagship iX goes sporty with M60 version
With this M60 m, BMW gives the green light to the first BMW M car designed for purely electric mobility from the outset. The iX M60 is the third, most powerful variant of BMW’s new technology flagship and delivers electric power up to 455 kW and torque up to 1 100 Nm (boost function).
With the M60, BMW wants to combine a vehicle concept geared towards sustainability with a modern Sports Activity Vehicle (the name BMW likes to use for its SUVs). “The M60 wants to embody the best of three worlds,” says the press release, “the world of BMWi, the world of the BMW X model range, and the sporty world of BMW GmbH.
250 kph, less than 4 seconds
Instead of the 200 kph of the iX 50 variant, the M60 has a top speed of 250 kph. Of course, there are other EVs that sprint to 100 kph in less than four seconds (3,8 s in this case), but considering the bulk of the car and its weight (around 2,7 tons), it’s quite an achievement.
With a WLTP normalized consumption of 22,5 – 18,0 kWh/100 km, BMW is also bragging with a range of 566 km, but our recent test drive with the iX 50 showed that a range of 400+ km is more realistic, especially with a drive so powerful as this one.
The BMW iX M60 is manufactured with the other model variants at the Dingolfing plant. It was presented at the CES in Las Vegas this week and launched on the global market in June 2022.
More sporty orientation
The body structure and the design principle, and the suspension of the iX were already geared towards a combination of superior ride comfort and sporty handling characteristics. Our test showed that in the iX 50, the comfort was predominant and that the handling was safe and secure but not particularly sporty, also due to the high weight.
In the M60, the suspension has been tuned more sporty, as is the brake system, the wheels are even bigger and the battery layout provides a low center of gravity to ensure a more agile handling and a balanced axle load distribution. Without a doubt, the M60, though all-wheel-drive like the iX 50, will be a little bit more rear-wheel biased to enhance the sporty drive feeling.
As the car is already lavishly equipped with ADAS systems (advanced driving aids), level 3 functionality of autonomous driving will be possible in the medium term. At the top of the range, the M60 has a comprehensive level of standard equipment, including BMW Natural Interaction for communicating with the vehicle, a superb Bowers & Wilkins sound system, laser light, ventilated seats in front, etc. At this moment, prices aren’t released yet.