Presented powerful crossover BMW iX M60
The BMW iX electric crossover debuted in two versions, but the developers initially promised a third. Now it is also declassified. And for the debut, the consumer electronics show CES in Las Vegas was chosen, which this year takes place in the traditional offline format. While the new BMW iX M60 doesn’t offer anything new in terms of electronics, it’s simply the most powerful and fastest version of the base crossover.
The M60 version has two electric motors, but in standard mode the crossover only uses the 489bhp rear motor. The 258 hp front engine is only activated when needed and is constantly running in Sport mode. The rated power of the installation does not exceed 540 hp, with a peak power of 619 hp, the engines cannot release more than ten seconds. The total torque is 1015 Nm, but in Launch Control it can briefly reach 1100 Nm. By comparison, the similarly sized twin-turbocharged V8 4.4 V8 petrol engine of the BMW X5 M Competition crossover develops 625 hp and 750 Nm.
The M60 version has the same traction battery with an effective capacity of 105.2 kWh as the low-end xDrive50. Mileage on one charge – up to 566 km on the WLTP cycle. Charging power from a 3-phase AC outlet is 11kW and from a DC terminal is 200kW, in which case it takes 35 minutes to charge the battery from 10% to 80%.
Alas, the car did not go to mass. But the M60 version must be clearly heavier than the xDrive50 modification, which pulls 2585 kg. In Launch Control mode, such a crossover can accelerate to “hundreds" in the same 3.8 seconds as the petrol BMW X5 M Competition. Top speed is limited to around 250 km/h versus 200 km/h for less powerful versions. But you can not additionally buy an increase in maximum speed, unlike the gasoline "X-fifth". The standard air suspension on the M60 version has a sporty setting and more powerful brakes are installed in addition.
Externally, the BMW iX M60 does not differ from the younger modifications with an aggressive M-package, but there is an important difference in the body structure: the roof panel is made of carbon fiber. A number of small decorative elements are made from the same material. 21" wheels are standard, but 22" wheels can also be ordered. The drag coefficient Cd is 0.26 versus 0.25 for a crossover with a base tail.
Sales of crossovers BMW iX M60 will begin in the second quarter of this year, including recently. The price in conventional units has not yet been announced, but in Germany the M60 version will cost about 130,000 euros against 100,000 for the less powerful xDrive50 modification. A petrol BMW X5 M Competition here costs a minimum of 145,500 euros.