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

Update: ‘Features’ section added and ‘Specifications’ section updated.

The BMW iX range has inducted a third variant positioned above the 322 hp xDrive40 and 516 hp xDrive50. It is the ‘BMW iX M60’ featuring motors together generating more than 600 hp.

Styling

The iX M60 features a sportier look, but most details are similar to the non-M iX’s Sport package. The calipers of the SUV’s M Sport brake system carry a blue color and feature an M logo. 21-inch Aero Style 102 wheels are standard, but an option is available to upgrade to unique 22-inch wheels featuring an exclusive Titanium Bronze finish. Other styling details include BMW Individual Titanium Bronze Exterior Line and M logos in a High Gloss Black/Titanium Bronze finish on the front side panels and the rear. Inside, the iX M60 flaunts Gold Bronze surfaces and controls, and the instrument cluster displays an M logo.

Specifications

The BMW iX M60 sports two motors, a 255 hp unit at the front and a 483 hp machine at the rear. The M-specific design of these motors leads to a high power density, and this applies to a greater extent to the primary electric drive, which is the rear motor. The front motor achieves a value of 1.96 kW/kg, while the rear motor’s power density is 2.59 kW/kg. They achieve an efficiency of up to 93%.

The iX M60’s motors provide a combined power of 532 hp and total torque of 749 lb.-ft. In Sport mode, the maximum power goes up to 610 hp, but this is a temporary boost available for a few seconds. It’s possible to temporarily boost the torque, too. On activating Launch Control, the output increases to 811 lb.-ft.

In addition to the motors, the iX’s dual-axle air suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers has undergone modifications at BMW M, providing increased agility and dynamic performance. Continuously adjustable valves adaptively control the damper forces with an M-specific characteristic. They can change the damper force to the optimum level within a few milliseconds. BMW Group says that it has used powerfully dimensioned anti-rollbars on the rear axle.

A pulsating motion in the seat surfaces and a corresponding display on the BMW Curved Display stage the driver’s readiness to take off when the iX M60 is at a standstill. With the Launch Control function engaged, the X5 M’s pure electric alternative gives a catapult-like start with “unwavering aplomb and accelerates as if on rails,” says the BMW Group. Floor the pedal, and the iX M60 speeds up from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds! That makes it 0.8 seconds quicker than the iX xDrive50, and while the latter tops out at 124 mph, the iX M60 can keep going till 155 mph. The iX M60 accelerates without drive slip, and its suspension rarely needs to intervene to stabilize it. In case of instability, the actuator-based wheel slip limitation ensures optimum traction with lightning-fast and precise response times, it says.

Range & Charging

The battery pack is the same 106.3 kWh unit, but while the iX xDrive50 can travel up to 324 miles, the iX M60 has an approximately 14% shorter range of 280 miles. Do note that these range figures are preliminary EPA estimates. Like the iX xDrive50, the iX M60 supports charging at up to 11 kW (AC)/195 kW (DC).

Charging TypeCharging LevelCharging Time
AC 3.7 kW/16A0-100%33 hours
AC 7.4 kW/32A0-100%16 hours
AC 9.6 kW/40A0-100%12.25 hours
AC 11 kW/48A0-100%10.25 hours
DC 50 kW/25A10-80%97 minutes
DC 100 kW/250A10-80%49 minutes
DC 250 kW/500A10-80%35 minutes
BMW iX M60 charging times (Source: BMW Group)

Features

Being the range-topping iX variant, the M60 packs many advanced features as standard. M-enhanced dual-axle air suspension, Integral Active Steering (Active Steering + rear-axle steering), and M Sport brakes with blue calipers are part of the standard equipment. Icon Adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight, panoramic Sky Lounge LED roof, BMW IconicSounds Electric with an exclusive drive sound, acoustic pedestrian protection, and Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System are standard, too.

Lastly, the comprehensive standard equipment of the iX M60 includes BMW Live Cockpit Professional and BMW Natural Interaction as well. BMW Live Cockpit Professional consists of the BMW Curved Display, a new UI and menu structure with individually configurable widgets, an extended BMW Head-Up Display, and the BMW Controller.

The BMW Curved Display clubs a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch control display as a single unit angled towards the driver. It runs on the BMW Operating System 8 (BMW OS 8), which offers eye-catching graphics and futuristic textures and forms. The new-generation BMW Head-Up Display features a flush-fit projector, designed to stay hidden from sight.

Production

BMW Group manufactures the 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.

It is interesting to note that 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 use multi-energy platforms (one that is shared with the combustion model) or wait for the Neue Klasse platform (an advanced bespoke EV architecture) that will be deployed in 2025.

Price & Release Date

BMW iX M60 side profile
The BMW iX M60 has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. Image Source: BMW Group

The U.S. launch of the BMW iX M60 will take place this June. The range-topping iX variant will cost USD 105,100 plus USD 995 destination and handling in its base configuration.

BMW iX U.S. launch & Price

The standard BMW iX xDrive50’s customer deliveries in the U.S. market will commence by March. The base configuration is priced at USD 84,195 (USD 83,200 MSRP plus USD 995 destination). The BMW iX was in high demand when it went on pre-order in June 2021. Within five months, the company sold out the first batch of vehicles. The iX pre-order page on shopbmwusa.com showed “sold-out” status for that the first batch.

BMW iX M60 FAQs

What is the BMW iX M60 release date?

The BMW iX M60 will arrive in the U.S. market in June 2022.

What is the BMW iX M60 price?

The BMW iX M60 will cost USD 106,095 (USD 101,100 MSRP plus USD 995 Destination).

Which models will be the BMW iX rivals?

The iX M60 will compete with the Tesla Model X, Porsche Macan EV, and the Mercedes EQE SUV in the U.S. market.

Featured Image Source: BMW Group