BMW has a new electric vehicle in the works, as it shows off the IX M60 performance model.
Coming in the summer of 2022, the new electric vehicle comes under the German auto maker’s M branding. The IX M60 is the second battery-powered car to be released under the racing-inspired sub-brand.
The M in the branding stands for Motorsport and promises high performance. BMW has been releasing cars under the name for almost fifty years, but with the company’s new focus on green mobility, the range is now getting alternatively fueled models.
The IX M60 has specs consistent with the branding. It produces 610 hp from two electric motors and a torque of 811 lb-ft. This is powerful enough to push the car from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. The electric motor setup is capable of power delivery into high load ranges, meaning “acceleration remains almost constant up to the electronically-limited maximum speed of 155 mph when properly equipped.”
Interestingly, BMW takes a different approach with the IX M60’s electric motors. Instead of using rare earth metals, the motors work with a “current-energized synchronous machine,” which the company further describes as “the excitation of the rotor is triggered by the precisely metered supply of electrical energy.”
What BMW is pointing out here is the difference with its own electric motors. The most popular kinds use permanent magnets made from rare earth metals, usually neodymium, mostly mined in China. However, BMW says its own electric motor achieves a higher energy density thanks to current-energized synchronous machine principles, giving the IX M60 a high level of performance.
Powering the IX M60 is a huge 111.5 kWh lithium-ion battery, out of which 106.3 kWh is usable. The car gets 280 miles of driving range from a single charge. However, the battery places it in the club of EVs with massive batteries, where you will find models like the Mercedes-Benz EQS sedan with 107.8 kWh, yielding a range of 350 miles.
Charging the battery takes 97 minutes (from 10 t0 10 percent) with a 50 kW charger. But you can fill up the battery faster with a 100 kW charger, which takes 49 minutes. If you can find a DC fast charger that supplies up to 250 kWh, the charging time drops significantly to 35 minutes.
BMW will load the IX M60 with the latest in driving tech, including new software for running the vehicle and other driver-assist features. This model is a candidate for autonomous driving (partial). It will also have the ability to park itself.
The company has not revealed many interior photos, but it appears the dashboard will extend to cover what will be the center console, which apparently is a touch screen. The steering wheel has the lower portion flattened out to ease getting in and out of the driver’s seat.
On the outside, BMW appears to be having a hard time letting go of its internal combustion engine past, with a prominent bean-shaped grille dominating the front section, just like on the i4 electric sedan coming this year. Apparently, the marketing executives believe a design not radically different will gently ease their fans into the EV ownership experience.
The rest of the styling conforms with a modern car, with pronounced curves and a sloping roof. There are basically no sharp angles in sight here.
BMW plans that half of its vehicle sales be electric by 2030. To achieve this, it will release a number of battery-powered models in the coming years. The IX M60 joins the i4 sedan with 300 miles of range, starting from $55,400.
There is no information on the pricing and availability of the IX M60 yet.