When it comes to comfort, speed, and power, you can never have too much. BMW knows this, which is why it is already working on the BMW XM Label Red, a boosted version of its brand-new SUV that has turned the world upside down.
This new version, which was leaked a year before it came out and just a few days after the BMW XM was announced, is great because it is very different from the standard model and uses all of its power to the fullest.
The result is this version, which sounds like a black diamond and makes us want to get our hands on it right away. But let’s take it part by part…
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BMW XM, the return of the M line
This week, BMW made headlines when it showed off the BMX XM, a car we first saw almost a year ago as the last part of the 50th anniversary of its sports division. The car got a lot of attention not only because it was the first thing BMW M made from scratch since the legendary BMW M1, but also because it was made for the current market, where SUVs are the norm.
Some car fans weren’t happy that BMW chose a car with these specs, but that doesn’t make the XM any less impressive. It has a 4.4-liter V8 M TwinPower Turbo engine with 489 hp and 650 Nm of torque, as well as an electric engine with 145 kW (197 hp) and 280 Nm of torque. Together, these two engines give the car 653 hp and 800 Nm.
It has an electrical system that is connected to an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission. The M xDrive system sends power to all four wheels, so it can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 250 km/h.
The way it’s made is a tribute to style and performance. Its design is boldly muscular and even a little bit aggressive, with large dimensions and very clear lines. This shows how powerful it is, but it also shows how hard it was to make, since it doesn’t look crude at all (does anyone say Cybertruck?).
The Xm has a grille that looks like a kidney, but this time it has some new features, like an LED surround, split headlights with LEDs on top, and large air intakes.
Also, its gold trim stands out, which reminds us of the black stripe that runs the length of the BMW M1. This is definitely a nod to the past. And what about its M light alloy wheels, which come with a standard size of 21 inches but can be made as big as 23 inches?
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BMW XM Label Red, more than a special version
So, it’s time to put all of our attention on the BMW XM Label Red. We found out about this version when an Austrian branch of the company accidentally told us about it.
The first thing that stands out about this new version is that it is black and that the gold stripe has been changed to a red tone that goes all the way down the side of the car.
Even though they are less obvious, the wheel arches are more obvious, especially in the back. At the front, you can see how the side air intakes have been changed. They now look much more open.
But in terms of performance, the BMW XM Label Red is a huge step up from its “normal” version. It will have 748 horsepower and a maximum torque of 1,000 Newton meters, which is a huge difference.
BMW Austria says that the combustion engine will have 585 horsepower, which is 96 horsepower more than the standard XM. The electric motor will still have 197 horsepower, the same as in the base BMW XM.
This version will, as expected, have the same 25.7 kilowatt-hour battery as the XM. This battery gives the XM an electric range of up to 88 kilometers, according to the WLTP approval cycle.
When will the launch of the BMW XM Label Red be?
Leaked information says that the model will be shown off in the fall of 2023, which makes sense since the BMW XM will hit dealerships in the spring of that year.