Hot on the (wheels) of our October test drive of BMW’s iX, the luxury automaker has unveiled a more powerful — but equally electrified — performance edition of its flagship EV at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, the new 2023 iX M60. Building on more than 50 years of design development with the automaker’s prestigious M-line, the iX M60 (along with the upcoming i4 M50) marks BMW’s first forays into high-performance electric vehicles.
In addition to sporting 610 horsepower, the all-wheel drive iX M60 offers 811 ft-lbs of torque, which translates into a 0-60 of 3.6 seconds (not bad for a vehicle weighing 6900 pounds), a top speed of 255 mph, and an estimated range of 280 miles with the stock 21-inch wheels. The dual synchronous motors are current-energized, meaning their rotational speed is based on the amount of electrical energy applied — instead of relying on permanent magnets to generate the magnetic field, the wheels spin. According to BMW, this improves both the vehicle’s overall power density and peak power, while eliminating the need for rare earth elements in engine construction.
The battery pack has a usable capacity of 106 kWh (111.5 kWh total). A full charge (0-100 percent capacity) on an 11 W AC plug takes approximately 10.5 hours (or a whopping 33 hours at 3.7 kW). Charging to 80 percent on a DC fast charger takes 97 minutes at 50 kW, 40 minutes at 120 kW or just 35 minutes if you are lucky enough to find a charging station equipped with a 250 kW port (note that the 369 V architecture limits its DC charging speed to 195 kW, even if you’re lucky with an ultra-fast station).
Outwardly, the M60 is quite similar to the iX. It measures 195 x 77 x 65 inches and includes an aluminum spaceframe and carbon cage with carbon fiber reinforced plastic in the roof, side and rear. But if you look closer, you’ll see M60-exclusive blue calipers and optional 22-inch rims. Of the eight available exterior colors, Titanium Bronze is only available on the M60, as are the optional Titanium Bronze wheels.
As for the interior, M60 drivers can choose from five color options for the seats (either with SensaTec material or perforated leather), as well as the regular array of features, gadgets and ADAS systems we’ve come to expect from luxury vehicles. That includes a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, a panoramic “Sky Lounge” LED roof, adaptive LED headlights and numerous sensors for driver and traffic monitoring, and something called BMW Natural Interaction, which lets you control the infotainment system. with verbal commands and hand gestures.
Pricing for the M60 will start at $106,095 when orders begin in June. BMW’s keynote is scheduled for 11 a.m. PT on Wednesday, January 5, so stay tuned for more news on the iX M60 and the rest of BMW’s CES lineup.
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