BMW is wasting no time planting a high-performance flag in its electric vehicle future. With the 2023 iX, the M60 trim level debuts, adding more horsepower, obscene amounts of low-end torque and acceleration, and top speed limits that should carry a “closed-course only” disclaimer.
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BMW has dabbled on the edges of electric performance before, boosting its pioneering i3 subcompact car with the quicker and sharper-handling i3s trim model. The brand’s sedans have also incorporated electric-motor assist to augment the gas engines. The iX M60 dispenses with such incremental nibbling, however. On paper, the M60 offers just a modest 16 horsepower bump in standard mode. In its Sport Boost mode, that number leaps an additional 94 hp. But the low-end torque numbers, which illustrate a car’s ability to accelerate, are more eye-popping.
In standard mode, the M60 sends nearly 35% more grunt to the wheels than the base xDrive50. Engage Launch Mode, and the M60 generates 811 pound-feet of torque, nearly 45% more. BMW says that kind of performance will propel the M60 from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph, making it one of the elite EV performers available today. That kind of sauce comes with a price, though, and not just at the dealership. The slightly heavier M60 offers 280 miles of range or about 45 fewer miles than the xDrive50.
The M60 costs roughly $22,000 more than the xDrive50, yet given the M60’s rivals, it’s still a bargain. Only a few competitors, including the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, Tesla Model Y and Model 3 Performance trims, and Rivian R1S offer similar or better speed for less money.
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