If you’re part of the BMW M Series you know it’s a dedicated and passionate group of automotive aficionados. You probably exude both of those qualities. The iconic emblem is an instant marker for high-performance, prestige and power and so when something new is released under the M badge, there’s instant excitement.
Electrifying the M
The latest addition to the BMW M Series is the BMW XM, this the first-ever BMW M built on an electrified powertrain. It’s a milestone for the performance brand and one that has all eyes on its release.
The plug-in hybrid BMW XM is built with a 483-hp V8 engine, a product of fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology, with M TwinPower Turbo tech and a 194-hp electric motor integrated into the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. This means that it has the ability to generate 644 hp at 5,400 RPM and 590 ft-lbs of torque between 1,600 and 5,000 RPM.
Expect accelerations from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds. When the XM is in pure electric mode, drivers can reach top speeds of 140 km/h. Using the combustion engine, the top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h or 270 km/h with the M Driver’s Package upgrade. It’s a beast of a machine with incredible force and the three driving modes mean you can find the balance between maximum performance and emissions-free efficiency.
It looks good, too.
Whether you’re admiring the XM from the front, back or side, there’s something distinctly M about its exterior stature. It’s smooth, but angular in design and M fans will recognize the evolution of the distinct kidney grille, with horizontal grille bars that are synonymous with BMW M, as well as twin headlights and large air intakes.
Inside the cabin reflects the performance capabilities of the XM. It’s luxurious, with the option for a vintage leather-inspired look, and of course carbon fibre elements, like on the instrument panel and the surface of the centre console.