BMW iX M60 (2022) | Car engine and sports

The chassis sways, the seats vibrate: the M60 top-end version of the BMW iX prepares to start the snobbish 1,100 Nm with “force vibration”. How much M is in a 455 kW electric SUV? Let’s get acquainted with the first driving of an electric SUV.

What is actually expected of BMW’s M-Performance models? In essence: a healthy dose of extra power, with which the rear axle can be pushed playfully outward. They gave the new iX M60 more horsepower – but when comparing memories with the xDrive50, you quickly get the impression that the new top model doesn’t bend much, despite the M badge. Well, maybe the body moves a little less, after all, the stabilizers are much stiffer With 20 percent in the rear and 10 percent in the front, the adaptive shock absorbers also have their own tuning. It still doesn’t drive fast or exciting, the same is true as on the 50: for a 2.6-tonne air-spring truck, it handles curves with great confidence and thanks to the rear axle steering, it’s very flexible.


Low feedback is still, but the otherwise gentle steering also speaks of manageable tweaks. The logic for the ESP control remains the same: the entire steering force is only released when exiting the curve once the steering wheel is pointed straight ahead. And the limited slip differential? This is completely missing as with the i4 M50, although the pleasure owner also traditionally belongs to the basic equipment of M-Performance models in SUVs.


From the outside, you can recognize the iX M60 primarily by the black M badges with a bronze frame and optional “Aerodynamic Wheels 1022” wheels, each with five carbon caps on the bars. Exclusive M60 sports tires are available, which are missing from the concept car.

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Thus, the differentiation is more pronounced in terms of maximum speed, which was increased from 200 to 250 km / h, and above all a more powerful engine, which delivers in the system a maximum of 455 kW (619 hp) for up to ten seconds. The 70 kW increase over the xDrive50 is achieved by the modified rear hub motor, which operates on a six-phase dual commutator instead of three and uses a 20mm longer stator and rotor combination. At its peak, it generates 360 kW instead of 230 kW, while the front motor stays at 190 kW.


The charging speed of 195 kW and 39 minutes goes from 10 to 80 percent with an identical battery of 105.2 kWh corresponding to the charging speed of the xDrive50, which covers 590 kilometers in the WLTP mix (M60: 502 km).


Electric car with tachometer

Some of the data on the powertrain can be read through the sporty infotainment display, which delivers not only kW and Nm, but also the temperature of the oil-based rear engine cooling system and even a rev counter that we haven’t seen in any other electric car yet. The data is not a gimmick, as it conveys an understanding of the electric motor. For example, it can be concluded that speed is not in a constant relationship with energy – because in addition to revolutions, the power source (not shown) is also important. It also confirms that performance is throttled once the cooling system reports a temperature around 90 degrees, which it does during a test drive (26°C) on the highway after a few full-load accelerations.


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The sports display includes Nm, kW, rev counter and coolant temperature.

First it pulls hard to 250 km / h, and then shows 14900 rpm. The second time you need more patience, and then a sprint two or three times, the coolant temperature is at 97 degrees and the power rod is stuck at 150 kW. So the cooling volume does not appear to be designed for permanent full load, although it drops sharply again within a few minutes at the recommended speed. Once we have a test car in the editorial office, we can use our measurement data to provide more accurate data on resilience.


1100 Nm in a luxury SUV

Under good conditions, the Launch Control challenges the neck muscles with a short range of 1,100 Nm: BMW sets 3.8 seconds to sprint from zero to 100 (xDrive50: 4.6 seconds). Impress passengers safely with the M60, fortunately not just because of all the power, but above all because the 4.95-meter SUV offers plenty of comfort. What exactly? Choose what you like, the answer is almost always: “Yes, with that, for example.” The only annoying thing is that the preferred function and climate control are on the touch screen – but iDrive’s operation is still very good. Not great either: frosted glass turns into a dazzle depending on the sunlight.


It costs an extra 1,150 euros, but other than that, the M60 has a lot of standard equipment. At €135,500, it’s €33,000 more than the xDrive50, with the difference dropping to around €9,000 with the same equipment – not a little, but less than BMW otherwise orders for an M-Performance surcharge.


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not important. If you drive fast, you only charge longer.

very important. From time to time, driving faster is also fun with an e-car.



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Conclusion

The difference between the BMW iX M60 and xDrive50 lies less in maneuverability, but in a more powerful 95-horsepower engine and a maximum speed of 250 km / h. Otherwise: an expensive electric SUV with plenty of luxury and comfort.

Technical information

BMW iX xDrive M60
Base price 135500 EUR
external dimensions 4953 x 1967 x 1696 mm
trunk size From 500 to 1750 liters
maximum speed 250 km/h
consumption 23.0 kWh / 100 km

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