Following our October test drive with BMW’s iX, the luxury automaker unveiled a more powerful – yet equally electric – performance version of its flagship electric vehicle at CES 2022 in Las Vegas, the new 2023 iX M60. Building on more than 50 years of design development with the automaker’s prestigious M line, the iX M60 (along with the upcoming i4 M50) represents BMW’s first forays into high-performance electric vehicles.
In addition to sporting 610 horsepower, the iX M60 four-wheel drive will deliver 811 ft-lbs of torque, which translates to 3.6 seconds from 0-60 (not bad for a 6,900-pound vehicle), a top speed of 155 mph, and an estimated range of 280 miles using 21-inch wheels. Its twin synchronous motors are currently energized, meaning that their rotational speed depends on the amount of electrical energy applied – rather than on permanent magnets to generate the magnetic field that turns the wheels. According to BMW, this improves both the car’s overall power density and maximum power output while eliminating the need for rare earth elements in engine construction.
The battery pack has a capacity of 106 kWh (total 111.5 kWh). A full charge (0-100 percent capacity) on an 11-watt AC plug takes about 10.5 hours to complete (or a whopping 33 hours at 3.7 kW). Charging up to 80 percent on a DC fast charger takes 97 minutes at 50 kW, 40 minutes at 120 kW or just 35 minutes if you’re lucky enough to find a charging station with a 250 kW outlet (note that the M60’s 369V The architecture limits the DC charging rate to 195 kW even if you are lucky with a superfast terminal).
Outwardly, the M60 is very similar to the iX. It measures 195 x 77 x 65 inches and includes an aluminum space frame and carbon cage with carbon fiber-reinforced plastic on the roof, side and rear. But if you look closely, you’ll notice M60-exclusive blue brake calipers and optional 22-inch rims. Of the eight available exterior colors, only Titanium Bronze is available on the M60, as are optional Titanium Bronze wheels.
In the interior, M60 drivers will have a choice of five seat color options (either SensaTec or perforated leather) as well as the suite of features, instruments and ADAS systems we’ve come to expect in luxury cars. This includes a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, a panoramic LED “Sky Lounge” roof, adaptive LED headlights, countless driver and traffic monitoring sensors, and something called BMW Natural Interaction, which allows you to control the infotainment system with verbal commands and hand movements.
Pricing for the M60 will start at $106,095 when orders begin in June. BMW’s keynote is scheduled for 11am PT on Wednesday, January 5th, so stay tuned for more breaking news about the iX M60 and the rest of the BMW CES lineup.
All products recommended by Engadget are handpicked by our editorial team, independently of the parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.