The BMW XM is the first dedicated M model since the M1. Instead of a mid-engine supercar, what’s new is a large SUV with a hybrid assisted V8. If this is what you want then a configurator is now available to create your ideal instance. With every available option, the most expensive is available for $168,395.
XM starts at $159,995 after a $995 destination fee. There is only one trim level available. There are seven exterior colors available, and all are a no-cost option. They are: Carbon Black Metallic, Black Sapphire Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Marina Bay Blue Metallic, Dravit Gray Metallic, Toronto Red Metallic, and Cape York Green Metallic.
There is also a choice of four wheels, and choosing one of these has no effect on the XM’s price. The 22-inch, five-pair spoke design is available with performance or high-performance tires. The 23-inch size is seven fingers thick with a pentagon-shaped hole in it, and buyers can choose an aluminum or Nightgold finish.
Inside, XM customers can choose from four merino skin tones. Black is the only no-cost option. There is a mix of Sakhir Orange and black for $1,500. The Silverstone white and Vintage Coffee brown combo costs $2,500. Teal Deep Lagoon and Vintage Coffee are also $2,500.
There are several options available. At $3,400, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System is the most expensive and adds a Diamond Dome tweeter, full active amplification channels, and QuantumLogic Surround/Dynamic Sound Equalizing. The M Driver Package is $2,500 and increases the limited top speed to 168 miles per hour (270 kilometers per hour) from the stock 155 mph (250 kph). This also includes one-day classes at the BMW Performance Center.
There are three no-cost options available. Nightgold metallic exterior trim can accent the kidney grille, around the top of the windows, along the doors and the rear diffuser. Customers also have the choice of red or blue brake calipers.
All XM examples use the S68 twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 and have an electric motor mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The result is a total output of 644 hp (480 kW) and 590 lb-ft (800 Nm). Despite its hefty curb weight of 6,062 pounds (2,750 kilograms), this SUV can accelerate to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 4.1 seconds.
Production of the XM began in December at BMW’s Spartansburg, South Carolina plant. A more powerful Red Label model will arrive later this year.