600 hp BMW iX M60 aims to be the ultimate BMW electric SUV [Update]

BMW Group has confirmed that the BMW iX range will include a third variant positioned above the 322 hp xDrive40 and 516 hp xDrive50. It is the ‘BMW iX M60’ featuring two motors together generating more than 600 hp (447 kW).

BMW iX M60 expected specifications

The BMW iX M60 should feature a retuned suspension setup, beefed-up brakes, enhanced aerodynamics, and other such improvements a typical BMW M performance model offers. Officially, BMW Group says that it is meticulously fine-tuning the chassis technology of the iX to match the “exceptionally sporty performance profile” of the two motors for its M60 variant. For the Euro-spec iX M60, 21.6 kWh/100 km (62 miles) is the targeted energy consumption rating (combined).

Like you’re told about the BMW i4 M50, the development of the iX M60 will be facilitated by BMW M, with a greater focus on performance and driving dynamics compared to the two mainstream variants. It will join the range likely next year as the most expensive BMW iX model. In addition to quicker acceleration (possibly 0-62 mph in around 4 seconds), higher top speed, and better dynamics, expect the BMW iX M60 to flaunt a differentiated exterior and interior.

TopElectricSUV presents a rendition of the M-fettled iX (set as the featured image) sporting an aggressive bumper, BMW M grille surround in Gold Bronze, M badge on the grille, unique L-shaped light tubes in the headlights, carbon fiber mirror caps, expressive rims wrapped with low-profile tires, M carbon-ceramic brakes with gold calipers, M badge on the D-Pillar and distinct body accents for differentiation.

Features

The BMW iX M60 may sport unique 22-inch alloy wheels with further reduced weight and improved aerodynamics. The standard BMW iX’s optional two-axle air suspension may come as standard in the BMW iX M60. The performance variant may get the Integral Active Steering rear-wheel steering feature also as standard.

The Curved Display screens in the iX M60 may have a unique BMW M welcome screen on the 12.3-inch instrument cluster and maybe an extra customizable layout if there’s an additional drive mode. The control display or central display for infotainment should measure the same diagonally – 14.9 inches. In addition to the black and BMW i Blue, a third seat-belt strap color option is also possible as an exclusive interior feature. Like in the regular iX (xDrive40/xDrive50), expect an option for having speakers integrated into the front and rear seats* for a more engaging audio experience.

*Only outer rear seats

BMW iX profile Christoph Schröder
Christoph Schröder, Manager, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, poses with the BMW iX, the factory’s first fully-electric BMW. Image Source: BMW Group

BMW iX Range, Charging & Performance

The current top-end model, xDrive50, is a dual-motor AWD variant with a 100 kWh (gross) battery pack that delivers a range (WLTP) of more than 600 km (373 miles). The iX xDrive50 can finish a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint in just 4.6 seconds, but the iX M60 will be even quicker.

The peak charging power supported by the iX xDrive50 is 200 kW, which should apply to the M60. The iX xDrive50 can gain up to 150 km or 93 miles (Europe)/56 km or 90 miles (U.S.) of range in just 10 minutes. 10-80% fast-charging time is less than 40 minutes, and fully charging the battery pack takes less than eleven hours in the iX xDrive50 through the household plug. Expect similar numbers with respect to charging on the M60 specification sheet.

Production & Release Date

BMW Group manufactures the BMW iX at the Dingolfing plant entirely using regional green hydroelectricity from the Uppenborn-Isar hydropower plants between Moosburg and Landshut. The facility should commence production of the BMW iX M60 in March 2022, as per a post from g80.bimmerpost.com forum member ynguldyn. That places its world premiere around late 2021, and the deliveries in the first markets could begin in spring 2022.

In January, we reported that the BMW iX has gone on display at BMW Welt in Munich, Germany. Instagram account bimmerworldbrothers shared images of the BMW electric car from the venue with TopElectricSUV. The brightness of the images are adjusted slightly for better viewability:

BMW’s electric car in the real world

In December 2020, TopElectricSUV.com reader Ege Kurt had spotted the iX in Europe and emailed pictures for the first ‘raw’ look at the car.

The BMW iX cars in this story are in the Aventurine Red metallic, a BMW Individual paint finish. They are equipped with the Sport package for a more aggressive appearance. The large, triangular “shields” at the corners of the front bumper, the gloss-black finish of the door handles, side skirts and body’s lower edges, the blue calipers, the smoked glass of the rear lights, etc. are the tell-tale signs of the Sport package enabled while configuring this iX.

The iX is built on a new dedicated EV platform, which won’t be utilized for another model. The exclusive underpinning is an aluminum spaceframe with select carbon-fiber portions (side frame, rain channels, roof frame, cowl panel, and rear window frame). Future BMW electric cars will reuse the existing ICE platforms or wait for Die Neue Klasse platform.

BMW iX U.S. launch & Price

The BMW iX xDrive50 will go on sale in the U.S. market in early 2022. USD 84,195 (USD 83,200 MSRP plus USD 995 Destination) is what it will cost in the base configuration. Expect the BMW iX M60 to cost well over USD 90,000 when it launches in the U.S. next year.

BMW iX FAQs

What is the BMW iX release date?

BMW says it expects to launch the iX in the U.S. market in Q1 2022. We expect to see the M60 variant in the U.S. in H2 2022.

What is the BMW iX price?

The base BMW iX will cost USD 84,195 (USD 83,200 MSRP plus USD 995 Destination). The M60 is expected to come in at about USD 94,000.

Which models will be the BMW iX rivals?

The iX will compete with the Tesla Model X, the Mercedes EQE SUV, and the Cadillac Lyriq in the U.S. market.

Featured Image: TopElectricSUV’s rendition of the BMW iX M60