the extravagant SUV does tons of it!

First 100% M vehicle since M1!

We clearly understood that BMW was targeting a clientele adept at bling-bling and extravagance, and so we were served! The super SUV is M’s first high-performance vehicle that is partially electrified. BMW has already revealed all-electric (i4 M50, iX M60, i7 M70) and hybrid cars (M760e) bearing an M badge. But these are M Performance-badged vehicles, not “pure” M like the M3s, M4 and M5. Thus, the XM is the first real car from the BMW Motorsport division to benefit from any kind of electric assistance. The event is also significant for BMW Motorsport, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, as the XM is the first BMW Motorsport product not derived from a regular BMW model since the mid-engined M1 supercar in the late 1970s . Well, the M1 still had a bigger presence despite its sharp line.

Achtung Panzer!

Gone are the concept’s flush door handles and boomerang taillights, but BMW has stayed very close to the concept, retaining the huge illuminated grilles, split headlights whose lower part is integrated into the bumper and extended with gills, claw-shaped, vertically stacked tailpipes and laser engraved BMW Crests on each upper part of the rear window. And while the taillights aren’t quite as flamboyant as the boomerang-shaped units fitted to the show car, the diagonal light strips on the side sections nod to the three-stripe BMW M logo.

Buyers will be able to choose from more than 50 BMW Individual paints, and NightGold Metallic exterior trim will definitely be a huge success. Tick ​​that box and the kidney grille surrounds, diffuser surrounds and body beltline are all chosen in gold, with BMW offering another option to cover the 23-inch wheels in the same material. The diffuser has four exhaust pipes in two vertical groups.

The XM is an SUV of superlatives. Crossing the DNA of an SUV with a length of 5.11 meters, a large V8 and hybridization with a large 25.7 kWh lithium-ion battery that promises to manage more than 80 km in electric mode, up to 140 km/h, it shows on the scale no less than 2,750 kg, making the XM almost 2.4 times heavier than a regular E30 M3. The end of affluence and austerity is not yet in order for the bling bling clientele.

V8 hybrid, a first for M

Lthe regular XM is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 that makes 490 horsepower on its own and 650 Nm of torque, which it delivers to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. But bolted inside that transmission is an electric motor that can generate an additional 197 horsepower. Mix the two together via a wet clutch pack in the transmission and you get a maximum cumulative output of 653 horsepower at 5400 rpm and 800 Nm between 1600 and 5000 rpm. Weighted combined fuel consumption: 1.5 – 1.6 l/100 km in WLTP cycle; combined power consumption: 29.0 – 30.1 kWh/100 km in WLTP cycle; CO2 emissions weighted combined values: 33 – 36 g/km in WLTP cycle.

Compared to other modern luxury hybrids, the XM’s estimated range of 50 km certainly counts as a short distance. But that’s not all since then comes XM Label Red, which will send 745 horsepower (including 585 thermal) and 1000 Nm of torque, the most powerful BMW production vehicle to date.

Because of its excess weight, zero to 100 will take 4.1 seconds, which is slower than the gas-powered X6M or Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, which does the job in 3.6 seconds and can reach. The XM comes standard with a 250 mph limiter, and the optional M Drive Package can push it to 270 km/h. BMW says that the combination of a long wheelbase, wide track, almost 50/50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity thanks to the battery’s underfloor position ensures the XM a decent combination of performance and comfort.

The XM still operates in four-wheel drive mode, but torque distribution can be skewed to the rear when 4WD Sport is engaged, and the M Sport differential can transfer power to the outside wheel to help turn on paved surfaces or locks. completely to cross the dunes. Active roll stabilization through electrically operated anti-roll bars is also part of the standard package, and the XM is the first complete M car with a steered rear axle.

In the US, giant 23-inch wheels are also standard (wrapped in 275 and 315mm tires front and rear), though buyers can choose to upgrade to 22-inch versions.

A luxurious interior and more in the BMW canon

Inside, it is very impressive in terms of finish, with a nice play on colors and materials that are more luxurious than any of BMW’s classic SUVs. The basic dashboard display and console layout isn’t much different from what you’ll find in recently introduced or facelifted BMWs like the X7, and incorporates the new iDrive 8 operating system built into the set of digital gauges and touchscreen combined. But unlike the X7, the XM still has a conventional automatic shifter. The Concept XM’s sculpted headliner is standard, and another showpiece heirloom is Vintage Coffee Merino leather for the door panels and upper dash, designed to celebrate the natural qualities of leather by showing, rather than hiding, folds and scars.

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