2023 BMW iX M60, All you want to know about a Great Car
2023 BMW iX M60 First Look: Electric Performance, Bavarian-Style
BMW’s first electric high-performance crossover has a lot to live up to.
BMW calls the iX its technology flagship, but the 2023 BMW iX M60 aims to be the company’s high-performance technology flagship. Built as a true M vehicle, the iX M60 features dual motors for a combined 610 horsepower while still achieving nearly 300 miles of range. The sportier EV crossover won’t be all hardcore performance thanks to its air suspension system, innovative interior features, and connectivity that you’ve come to expect from the Bavarian luxury brand.
The iX M60 leverages the latent performance potential of the relatively lightweight iX xDrive50 model, utilizing an aluminum spaceframe chassis, carbon fiber unibody, and carbon fiber reinforced panels for the roof, side, and rear sections.
All that helps it come in at 5,769 pounds, with a large portion residing down low in the battery pack. Those exterior panels can also come in seven different colors, with Alpine White as standard and range from Dark Graphite Metallic, Phyronic Blue Metallic, Blue Ridge Mountain Metallic, Storm Bay Metallic, Oxide Grey Metallic, and Aventurin Red Metallic.
A double-wishbone setup is found up front, while the rear is a five-link. All four corners are suspended by an air suspension system with electronically controlled dampers, which take roll, acceleration, deceleration, vehicle speed, and even steering input to make sure the body stays planted.
That damper rate is further mapped differently depending on the “My Modes” setting, which is changed by a button on the center console. Steering is assisted by BMW’s Servotronic with a variable ratio steering rate. This all is designed to deliver optimum handling and feel while also keeping the M60’s height correct at any speed and any load. You can also adjust the height of the body manually if you think you need extra ground clearance or not.
The wheels and tires the iX M60 comes with will, of course, also play a role in upping its performance over an iX xDrive50. The standard wheel is a 21-inch design wrapped in 255/50R21 sized tires on all four corners. The optional wheel is a half-inch-wider, 22-inch-diameter aluminum wheel with a unique aerodynamic design and Titanium Bronze color with a 275/40R22 tires.
Behind either wheel are blue-painted, Brembo-made brake calipers with the “M” logo, letting bystanders know that you have the highest performance braking yet fitted to a stock BMW EV. It’s a fixed four-piston caliper for each front wheel and a fixed two-piston caliper on each rear.
Inside, every iX M60 will come standard with BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional and Natural Interaction, which allows you to activate certain functions via your voice or even by gestures, much like your smartphone. Giving you and your occupants theater quality sound is a standard Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound system.
The headliner comes in Anthracite as standard but you do get five different interior colors to choose from. The Oyster, Mocha, and Black colored interiors come in perforated SensaTec synthetic materials but if you want the feel of real hide, you can get perforated leather coverings in Amido or Castenea Chestnut colors.
Both the front passenger and the driver are treated to Active Seat Ventilation, but the hot part is the Radiant Heating Package. This system warms not only the seats, steering wheel, and armrests but also the door panels and dashboard, as found in some Mercedes products these days.
You’ll still get more traditional hot air to defrost the windows courtesy of an efficient heat pump system. A thermally insulated windshield helps keep that warm air in. Occupants are also surrounded by ambient lighting with LED strips located between the door cars and windows and in the Panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof.
Fifth-Generation Rear Motor
Now, we get to the fun bit: the e-motors that drive the BMW iX M60. BMW employs a three-phase AC synchronous motor out back, which according to BMW allows for more energy density, faster switching frequency, and better heat management—all of which translate to higher RPM, more horsepower, and more torque.
More power and torque, indeed—the standard combined output of both the front and rear motor is 532 hp and 749 lb-ft of torque. Individually, the front motor provides 255 hp while the rear motor provides 483 hp in normal operation. In Sport Boost mode, that jumps to 610 hp while Launch Mode slams you in the back of your seat with 811 lb-ft of torque.
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