Hot on the (w)heels of our October test drive with BMW’s iX, the luxury automaker has unveiled a more powerful — but equally-electrified — performance edition of the EV flagship 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) mark BMW’s first forays into high-performance electric vehicles.
In addition to sporting 610 horsepower, the all-wheel drive iX M60 will offer 811 ft-lbs of torque, which translates into a 3.6 second 0-60 (not bad for a vehicle weighing 6,900 pounds), a top speed of 155 mph, and an estimated 280 mile range using the standard 21-inch wheels. It’s dual synchronous motors are current-energized, meaning that their rotational speed is based on the amount of electrical energy applied — rather than relying on permanent magnets to generate the magnetic field turns the wheels. According to BMW, this improves both the vehicle’s overall power density and its peak power output while eliminating the need for rare earth elements in the motors’ construction.
Its battery pack has a usable capacity of 106 kWh. A full charge (0-100 percent capacity) on an 11W AC plug will take around 10.5 hours to complete (or a whopping 33 hours at 3.7 kW). Charging up to 80 percent on a DC fast charger will take 97 minutes at 50 kW, 40 minutes at 120 kW or just 35 minutes if you’re lucky enough to find a charging station outfitted with it a 250kW port (note that the M60’s 369V architecture limits its DC charging rate to 195 kW even if you do get lucky with an ultrafast station).
Outwardly, the M60 is quite similar to the iX. It measures 195 x 77 x 65 inches and incorporates an aluminum space frame and carbon cage with carbon fiber reinforced plastic in the roof, side and rear. But if you look closer, you’ll notice M60-exclusive blue brake 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.
On the interior, M60 drivers will have their pick of five seat color options (either using SensaTec material or perforated leather) as well as the regular set of features, gadgets and ADAS systems we’ve come to expect on luxury vehicles. That includes a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, a panoramic “Sky Lounge” LED roof, adaptive LED headlights and myriad driver and traffic monitoring sensors, and something called BMW Natural Interaction, which allows you to control the infotainment system with verbal commands and hand gestures.
The automaker has not yet announced official pricing for the M60, though the 2022 iX started around $83,000 if that’s any barometer. BMW’s keynote is scheduled for 11am PT on Wednesday, January 5th so stay tuned for more breaking news about the iX M60 and the rest of BMW’s CES lineup.
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