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2023 BMW iX M60 Delivers Power and Exclusivity

In the early days of the BMW 2002, BMWs were rare and mostly driven by enthusiasts. They often flickered their brightness when they encountered another member of the then small clan. These days, BMW sells about a quarter of a million cars a year in America, and their drivers are neither dedicated nor rare enough to notice such niceties. But with the electrically powered iX, BMW can recreate the exclusivity.

Although roughly the size of the X5, the iX has little in common with that established SUV—structurally or visually. The iX was introduced as a newly developed 2022 model with a unique structure made of high-strength steel, aluminum, plastic and carbon fiber. The chassis uses a mostly aluminum control arm suspension with double lower links at the front and a multi-link layout at the rear.

Boasting a giant version of BMW’s vertical version of the traditional twin nostrils, the iX lacks the full-length character lines of most BMWs. It’s a rather shapeless lump, especially in the contour-smothered Storm Bay Metallic shade of our test car. It’s a smooth knob, though, with a drag coefficient of 0.26.

iX M60 performance

The iX was introduced as the xDrive50, but now BMW has added the more powerful iX M60. It boasts upgraded front and rear electric motors that produce a maximum of 610 horsepower (in Sport mode) and up to 811 pound-feet of torque (with launch control). These numbers are up by 94 ponies and a whopping 247 pound-feet compared to the xDrive50.

HEIGHT: Impressive real highway range, warp acceleration, sit in it.

As you would expect, these increases are noticeable. Acceleration to 60 mph takes just 3.2 seconds, and the quarter mile is covered in 11.5 seconds at 120 mph—both of which are almost a second better than the already quick xDrive50. For a machine weighing the best part of three tonnes, such acceleration is incredible. And thanks to its instantaneous response and shift-free acceleration, the M60 feels even faster than those figures. With a flick of your right foot, you can pass just about anyone, anywhere, at any speed, with little effort.

On a twisty mountain road, this acceleration flings you from corner to side with almost the intensity of a 1000cc cruiser rocket. Driven this way, you need more than regenerative braking to slow you down, and the M60’s big discs are up to the job. In our testing, they brought the M60 to a stop from 70 mph in 160 feet.

To suit its driver’s preferences, the M60 offers various levels of regen braking, as well as one-pedal driving, which requires only short adjustment and is very convenient in urban driving. It’s a feature you get used to quickly.

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Air springs and rear-wheel steering—both optional on the xDrive50—are standard here. Although the M60 bends willingly into corners with a quick flick, there’s no mistaking that you’re driving a massive machine. And despite the 275/40-R22 Bridgestone Alenza 001 tires on our test vehicle, maximum grain grip is just 0.87g, one score short of what the xDrive50 managed. Shooting effortlessly through everyday traffic is more suited to the M60’s tendencies.

In that role, the M60 is remarkably capable. It rides very nicely, thanks to the adjustable shocks and air suspension at all four corners. Road noise is also quite low, and there is plenty of space inside. In fact, even though it’s a few inches lower than an X5, the M60 has more passenger space, front and rear, and more luggage space, too.

Ritzy, Tech-Forward Interior

Its interior appointments are also very nice, with lovely perforated upholstery and the same cut crystal-like controls for seat adjusters, volume controls and iDrive buttons that you find in the just-launched new 7 Series models. It’s a comfortable cabin for your travels.

The instrument layout is very much in the current BMW idiom with the Curved Display featuring a 12.3-inch LCD instrument cluster in front of the driver and a 14.9-inch screen for iDrive 8 in the center of the dash. It’s an attractive, legible and useful arrangement, although the so-called hexagonal steering wheel is a fad that partially blocks the group and is hardly necessary for legroom.

Many of the instrument cluster configurations provide information in a random and not necessarily attractive manner. And the iDrive screen has 37 icons, each representing functions that offer submenus of varying degrees of complexity. For example, you can choose an option that tries to replicate the atmosphere of an internal combustion engine, but sounds more like a whirring turbine.

Range and load

Powered by a 106.3-kWh battery, our 22-inch shoe iX M60 gets an EPA-rated 274 miles of range. With the standard 21-inch tires, range increases to 288. In our 75-mph highway range test, our iX M60 surpassed its EPA estimate—an unusual result—returning 290 miles.

LOW: Nosebleed prices, iDrive complexity, want to park it out of sight.

Of course, a battery this big needs a Level 2 charger to keep it juiced. Using 120 volts, you can’t keep up with even 30 mile daily trips. The iX’s on-board charger is rated at 11kW, so you can even charge a completely depleted battery in around 12 hours using the typical 9.6kW Level 2 box, with a more usual top-up from half-empty something within easy reach while you sleep.

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Unfortunately, the M60’s unique combination of features doesn’t come cheap. Our test car had a base price of $109,895, which is about $25K more than an xDrive50. And that price has risen to nearly $120,000, thanks to Amido (dark gray) perforated leather upholstery ($3500); the Executive Package ($3000); the Storm Bay Metallic paint ($1950); 22-inch M Aero two-tone bronze wheels with summer performance, non-tread ($950); and individual titanium bronze trim ($500).

Based on year-to-date sales, the iX is likely to sell barely 4,000 units by 2022. If you want a high-performance, exclusive model with genuine utility, this is a good choice. Who knows, other iX drivers might flash their lights.

Specifications

Specifications

2023 BMX iX M60
Vehicle type: front and mid-engine, four-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door wagon

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $109,895/$119,795
Options: Amido perforated leather upholstery, $3500; Executive Package – active cruise with stop and go, active lane keeping assist, side collision avoidance, surround view, glass and wood controls, soft-close automatic doors, $3000; Storm Bay Metallic paint, $1950; 22-inch Aero two-tone wheels with performance tires, $950; BMW Individual Titanium Bronze trim, $500

POWER TRAIN
Front motor: upstream synchronous AC, 255 hp
Rear motor: upstream synchronous AC, 483 hp
Combined power: 610 hp
Combined torque: 811 lb-ft
Battery pack: liquid-cooled lithium-ion, 106.3 kWh
On-board charger: 11.0 kW
Peak DC fast charging rate: 195 kW
Transmissions, F/H: direct drive/direct drive

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: multilink/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 13.7-in ventilated disc/13.6-in ventilated disc
Tires: Bridgestone Alenza 001 B-Silent
275/40R-22 107Y Extra Load ★

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 118.1 inches
Length: 195.0 inches
Width: 77.4 inches
Height: 66.8 inches
Passenger volume: 112 feet3
Cargo volume, rear seat up/down: 36/78 ft3
Curb weight: 5778 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 3.2 sec
100 mph: 7.6 sec
1/4-mile: 11.5 sec @ 120 mph
130 mph: 15.3 sec
150 mph: 26.4 sec

Results above show 1 foot deployment of 0.2 sec. away.
Roll start, 5–60 mph: 3.7 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 1.5 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 2.2 sec
Top speed (gov ltd): 154 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 160 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 330 ft
Road holding capacity, 300-foot skid road: 0.87 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY AND CHARGE
Observed: 81 MPGe
75 mph highway range: 290 miles
Average DC fast charging rate, 10–90%: 112 kW
DC fast charging time, 10–90%: 50 min

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 78/77/80 MPGe
Range: 274 miles

C/D TEST EXPLAINED

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