2023 BMW iX M60 First Drive Review – More Go, Same Show
Upgrading from a Mainline. Bmw to an M sport or a full blown M model has always been easy to justify. If money wasnt a concern, there was more performance available, but you were also getting a different Engine with its own unique soundtrack character and power delivery. All things that make the Driving Experience more enjoyable with the 2023 BMW i x M60. You get the extra performance sure, but I was expecting more of the intangibles that make M badged products so easy to recommend both relative to their standard, BMW siblings, into the competition from around the world. But as it turns out, thats, not so easy with electric motors which are equally responsive and linear, regardless of manufacturer or purpose, these have Hallmarks combined with a 22 000 premium over the Lesser 9 x Drive 50, the lack of exclusive equipment and a significant drop in Range mean this entertaining and likable of earnshine marks, thanks to its subordinates, excellent bones, rather than anything wildly impressive. That comes with the m batch Electrify, the Autobahn, BMW didnt, reinvent the wheel with the 9 and 60s electric motors, but thats, because it did so with the original 9x Drive. 50 engineering magnet free power units that do without rare earth metals switching to EVS for sustainability reasons, while plundering the Earth for neodymium and dysprosium feels a touch hypocritical. So well done to BMW for finding a more environmentally friendly approach. But lets not talk about lithium mining.
In the x drive 50, these fifth generation motors produce a combined 516 horsepower and 564 pound feet of torque. Alongside a 111.5 kilowatt hour Rose battery, the M60 UPS, the ante, with a model specific rear motor and a total output of 532 horsepower and 749 pounds to foot on the same size pack, but that only tells part of the story switch to Sport and output. Swells. To 610 horsepower, while activating launch control boosts the torque number to 810 pounds to foot at its most aggressive, the M60 will scoot to 60 miles per hour in 3.6 seconds or 8 10 quicker than the x drive 50.. The top speed increases to an electronically limited 155 miles per hour versus 124 and the standard 9.. The m60s performance is striking with instant and Relentless performance off the line, but compared to similarly powerful EVS in the nines 5700 pound weight class is tougher to get excited about unless youre using launch control a Mercedes, AMG eqs s49 fewer pound feet of torque ‘. More horsepower and 200 extra pounds of weight, but feels noticeably quicker in every situation. At the same time, the nines flat as a pancake power means theres nothing especially interesting about accelerating its going to feel the same. Every time you smash the accelerator which you could say about all EVS, the nine wins points for its Hans Zimmer sourced soundtrack, though it builds up while using launch control. But even if you simply step on the accelerator, the audio quickly surrounds you with a futuristic work and in a neat twist, the nine comes with a deceleration effect, which sounds like a slight Distortion of what you hear.
While the pedal is down thats, an overlooked quality that I hope more EV manufacturers adopt. As for how the higher performance, nines pace and Hallmark M characteristics sound compared to the base model, look for an x drive 50 review from yours truly in the next couple months. The m60s higher top speed, meanwhile only matters in the place. I was driving BMWs latest EV, Germany on a de restricted stretch of Autobahn outside Berlin. I climbed to just past the 155 mile per hour, limited top speed. There was a slight Tailwind, I think, with the nine delivering, Relentless acceleration right until the nanny stepped in Id bet. My bottom dollar in unlimited 9m60 could go a good bit faster than 155, but it did take a pilot braver than me for the job. The nine. Never felt Terribly Happy at such high speeds, while it was a slightly windy day keeping the two box electric crossover pointed straight at 155, was more difficult than what I did the same thing in an X6 and later in the week, the standard integral active steering grew Light and the m spec suspension air Springs and adaptive dampers running m spec software at all four corners and M60 exclusive rear anti roll bar combined with three degrees of rear axle, steering lacked the glue to the ground sensation unused to when driving BMWs at high speeds. Splitting hairs, of course, at 70 to 80 miles per hour, the 9m60 is every bit as civilized as its lesser sibling.
Despite M suspension tuning, the steering is well isolated, requiring few small Corrections on the impeccably smooth German Autobahn. While the air suspension quashed to the rare imperfection I encountered with typical Teutonic composure on country lanes, the ride struggled to keep impacts from reaching my backside, but they had no real effect on The Nines direction of travel. That relative roughness was down to my testers. Optional. 22 inch Alloys, which were 40 series, tires for comparison. The standard 21s, which are optional on the nine, have far more conservative, 255 50 tires, which works out to an extra three quarters of an inch of rubber in the sidewall. The lack of road noise with the more aggressive option was telling the M60 is spooky quiet, I might say, screw ride quality and go for the bigger rollers if they resulted in the monsterably sharper handling. But it was tough to assess where the M60 improved in that regard, BMWs, prescribed, test route and the fact that the topography around Berlin is about as interesting as my native Southeastern Michigan meant that I rarely had the chance to attack a bend in the nine look For a more detailed analysis on handling once one of my colleagues in California snags an M60 BMWs M60 exclusive changes extend to the brakes, but only just theres, a new coat of blue paint with an M logo on the calipers, the rotors and the caliper internals match The standard X drive 50.. Then again, I rarely needed the mechanical Stoppers as the M60 carries the same smart Reagan system found in the standard model which gives drivers the option of full one pedal driving or an Adaptive function that draws on navigation data to adjust the recuperation.
I preferred the fixed level of Reagan, but thats purely personal preference. The Adaptive setting is surprisingly predictable requiring little additional attention over one pedal mode. Tough decisions with great power comes um, less range. Sorry Uncle Ben, where the base 9x Drive 50, can cover 305 325 miles on a charge depending on the wheel option. The longest legged M60 will cover 288 miles with the 21 inch wheels or 274 with 22s thats a significant drop, although at least the M60 enjoys the same. Brisk charging as the x drive 50. add a DC fast charger. The M60 can juice from 10 to 80 charge in ‘ minutes hitting a peak rate of 195 kilowatts and 500 amps youll need a high end 350 kilowatt charger. For that a more common 150 kilowatt charger will take the M60 from 10 to 80 in 49 minutes. At 100, kilowatts 250a for home charging things are still respectable on an 11.0 kilowatt home charger and the 48a circuit, the m60s will recharge from 0 to 100 in 10.25 hours. A 9.6 kilowatt hour charger and 40a circuit takes two hours longer, while a 7.4 kilowatt 32A pairing takes a leisurely 16 hours. The sameness of the 9m60s charging setup reflects my broader problems with this product. It Feels So incremental compared to other M sport products and the standard equipment only supports that argument. Standard, BMW, laser light headlights, a 30 speaker, Bowers and Wilkins audio system, ventilated front seats and radiant seat heating are all fine and dandy, but theyre also all available on the xDrive 50.
. The only feature of any real consequence – thats exclusive to the M60 – is the added power. Yes, BMW will argue that the M programming of the suspension and exclusive rear sway bar the acceleration sound and the brakes arent available elsewhere and thats true, but none of these features make such a substantial difference as to Warren spending 106 095, including 995 destination charge on The M60, when the 84195 X Drive 50 and a liberal attitude toward optional extras will yield you a marginally slower car with significantly more range. The base. Bmw IX, then, is the m60s biggest problem. I wouldnt fault anyone that buys the quicker version, especially if theyre keen on the extra standard equipment equipping an x drive 50 to mimic. The M60 shrinks the price Delta to around six thousand dollars, which is a less significant amount than 22 000.