We dig the iX, BMW’s first all-electric SUV. Beneath the cheese grater’s front bumper and hideous nostril panels is a quiet and comfortable crossover worthy of its nearly $ 85,000 price tag. We think the standard iX’s 4.6-second dash at 60mph is fine for most people, but even the slower Tesla Model X is about a second faster. Not wanting its owners to be dusted off by the native California dorkmobile, BMW is presenting a high-performance version for next year’s iX. Here’s everything we know about the 2023 BMW iX M60 and how it compares to Tesla’s premium SUV, the Model X.
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The entry-level iX xDrive50 produces 516 horsepower and 564 lb-ft of torque, roughly on par with the automaker’s twin-turbo V8-powered 850i coupe from the automaker. But because the iX tips the scales at nearly 5,700 pounds, it is estimated to return a good but not good 0-100 km / h time of 4.6 seconds.
The new iX M60 is not much heavier than the standard model, but it is significantly more powerful. By default, the two-engine powertrain produces 532 horsepower and 749 lb-ft of torque. Select the launch control mode and the output is even higher, at 610 hp and 811 lb-ft. That’s even less than the base Model X’s 670 hp, but BMW claims the M60 can accelerate from a stopping point to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds – a few ticks faster than the estimated sprint time of the model X.
The elephant in the room is the X Plaid model, which boasts just over 1,000 horsepower and a 0-100 km / h time of 2.5 seconds. While we think this time around is a bit of optimism, it’s hard to imagine the iX M60 going beyond an X Plaid model.