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BMW: All-new iX M60 flagship revealed Hero Front

BMW: All-new iX M60 flagship revealed

BMW has injected a performance boost to its iX electric SUV with this new M60 model. With 611bhp and a chassis fettled by BMW’s M division, the iX M60 will take aim at the Tesla Model X when it arrives this summer. Its price is expected to be in the region of £112,000 – a £20,000 premium over the iX xDrive50.

Sitting above the iX xDrive50 as the most powerful variant of BMW’s technological flagship, the iX M60 develops a monstrous 1,100 Nm of torque thanks to a dual-motor four-wheel drive set-up and will sprint from 0-62mph in a knuckle-draining 3.9 seconds.

Given the extra power, range has dropped to a claimed 357 miles, compared with the xDrive50’s 380-mile official total. BMW hasn’t specified the size of the M60’s battery, but it’s likely to use the same 105 kWh unit as fitted to the iX xDrive50, sandwiched in the car’s floor. M-specific settings for the car’s air suspension system should sharpen up the iX M60’s handling and, as with lesser versions, it uses a blend of aluminium and carbon fibre in its structure to help offset the big EV’s weight and improved agility.

Alongside the mechanical upgrades, the iX M60 gains numerous design changes to distinguish it from other iX models. Blue M-branded brake callipers sit behind 22-inch alloy wheels and there’s Titanium Bronze detailing on the kidney grilles and M badges.

Inside, the iX M60 also receives more equipment as standard, such as soft-close doors (ex-Rolls-Royce), BMW’s Laserlight headlights, the firm’s Parking Assistant+ package and an interior camera. The interior is trimmed in Suite Natural leather upholstery and also features full keyless operation, heated + ventilated + massaging seats, BMW’s Heat Comfort package and a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond stereo.

BMW’s iDrive 8 infotainment system, which made its debut on the iX, is present with a single curved panel mounted on the dashboard. This combines a 12.3-inch digital dash panel with a 14.9-inch central touchscreen, which can also be operated by a rotary controller on the centre console. The iDrive 8 set-up includes 5G connectivity, an augmented reality navigation system and the brand’s Digital Key+, which replaces the conventional key with your smartphone.

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By Wayne Gorrett

Wayne has been covering developments in the UK's automotive sector for over 10 years, providing news, reviews, first-drive impressions and opinion pieces for a number of print and web outlets in the UK and South Africa. A former marketing director, Wayne is based in a rural village near Winchester, Hampshire. You can follow him on Twitter: @WaynesWorldAuto Facebook: WaynesWorldAuto Instagram: WaynesWorldAuto