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BMW has unleashed even more power for their line of EV SUVs in an all-new 2023 iX M60, with a total of 610 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque, which adds to the forthcoming iX xDrive50 that has just 516 horsepower and 564 pound-feet of torque. The new iX M60 is touted as much more than just a power increase for the iX xDrive50 but more of a cohesive performance increase all around with optional larger wheels and tires at 22-inches or you can keep the standard 21-inch rollers.
As an upgrade to the iX xDrive50, the new BMW iX M60 will have a slightly shorter electric range of up to about 280 miles compared to the iX xDrive50’s 300-mile range. The battery pack used in each vehicle is the same but due to the slightly added weight from the exclusive electric motor in the iX M60 and larger wheels and tires.
The new motor to dish out that extra power is a new six-phase unit with dual power inverters. The motor’s minimum output is stated at 532 horsepower and 749 pound-feet of torque but thanks to a Sport Boost Mode with launch control the power maxes out at 610 ponies and 811 lb-ft. Without launch mode, the power is reserved at the 532-hp and 749 lb-ft level.
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The 111.5 kWh battery pack is limited to 106.3 kWh, which is a common limiting factor for EV batteries to keep it from fully charging and potentially extend its life. The battery is capable of Level 2 AC charging up to an 11-kW rate taking about 10 hours for a full charge from full depletion. Using a DC fast charger up to 250 kW will allow the battery to be charged from a 10% state up to 80% in just 35 minutes. The 280-mile range is a figure from BMW’s preliminary EPA rating but sounds about right when compared to its less-powerful iX xDrive50 sibling that shares the same design and body architecture.
The interior of the new iX M60 is customary to a new language that BMW has touted with a new BMW Live Cockpit Professional and Natural Interaction, which permits natural language inputs for common vehicle controls or input from hand gestures. As standard, the interiors come in SensaTec synthetic materials, or you can opt for real leather from a couple of color choices.
There’s active seat ventilation and a radiant heating package that can be added to heat door panels and dashboard in addition to the expected steering wheel and seat heating. There’s also the expected interior ambient lighting through LED strips and the Panoramic Sky Lounge LED glass roof panel.
EVs like the new BMW iX M60 are coming in hot and heavy and we can’t wait to check them out in person. The top-tier midsized SUV of the bunch, the 2023 BMW iX M60, will launch in June 2022 with a starting price of $106,095.
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