Following the i4 M50, which will be available in 2021, this flagship performance-focused EV will be BMW’s second all-electric M Performance model.
While BMW M’s bespoke XM performance SUV is still a ways off, the company has unveiled its most powerful electric vehicle to date: the 619hp iX M60. The iX M60, BMW’s second M Performance electric vehicle after the i4 M50 sedan unveiled last year, is the third variant of the carmaker’s born-electric iX.
- iX M60 develops upto 620hp and 1,100Nm of torque
- Hits 0-100kph in a claimed 3.9 seconds
- Gets a claimed range of 575km in a single charge
The BMW iX M60 differs from the standard iX in terms of appearance
With its electric M cars, BMW has taken a different approach, making them less visually distinct from their standard siblings and exploring new ways for them to stand out.
The M60 features an aluminium space frame and a carbon cage with carbon fiber-reinforced plastic in the roof, side, and rear sections, which was first seen on the BMW M3 CSL in 2003. On the front, side panels, and rear, blue M-branded brake callipers and M logos are finished in gloss black and titanium bronze. In addition, the M60 rides on larger alloy wheels than the standard iX.
It has the same lightly curved display as the other iX models on the inside, and it runs BMW’s eighth-generation iDrive operating system, which emphasises touch functions and voice communication. The controls, including the iDrive rotary controller, are housed in the forward section of a high-mounted armrest because there is no centre console.
Its spacious interior is made up of FSC-certified wood, olive leaf extract-tanned leather, and other natural materials. The raw materials for floor coverings and mats include recycled fishing nets.
Range and performance of the BMW iX M60
The new BMW iX M60 is the company’s most powerful electric vehicle yet, with a 619hp and 1,100Nm all-wheel-drive electric powertrain. During normal driving, BMW claims the SUV produces 540 horsepower and 1,015 Nm of torque, with the numbers temporarily boosted in Sport mode with launch control engaged.
The iX xDrive 50 has a 0-100kph time of 3.9 seconds, which is 0.7 seconds faster than the iX xDrive 50, and a top speed of 249kph. Power is up 294hp and 470Nm over the iX xDrive 40 on the market in India.
Due to the increased power and torque, the iX M60 has a shorter range than the xDrive 50, with the iX M60 offering up to 575km on a full charge versus 611km for the xDrive 50.
Electric all-wheel drive, an actuator-based wheel-slip limitation function, and M-tuned dual-axle air suspension with automatic level control are all features of the Tesla Model X and Audi e-tron S rival, according to BMW, which “ensure hallmark M driving experience, agility, and precision.
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If you look at the M60, there’s not a lot of difference in the exterior [versus the iX] and there’s not a lot of difference in acceleration because all electric cars have good acceleration,” Johann Kistler, iX project director, said.
However, we want to offer a high-end powertrain, so we decided to make a small distinction.” “With BEVs, we’ve done a lot of finer differentiation, beginning with the sound,” he added. “It has a unique start-up sound, a unique shutdown sound, and unique sounds while driving.” The displays have a different look and feel, and the wheels are a different colour to give the impression of a different, high-speed performance car.
BMW’s India strategy
The all-electric BMW iX was launched in December, with a price tag of Rs 1.16 crore (ex-showroom). The Jaguar I-Pace and Audi e-tron rival is available in the xDrive 40 trim level, which promises a range of up to 425 kilometres.
The all-electric i4 sedan will be introduced in the coming months, and sister company Mini will introduce the all-electric Mini SE as well. The latter is already accepting reservations.
The iX M60, a performance-oriented SUV, may be launched in India in the future to appeal to buyers looking for more power.