This BMW XM pairs a high-revving V-8 drivetrain with a powerful hybrid system.
The BMW XM is an ostentatious super-SUV in its standard form, and can tear up the tarmac while still being comfortable enough to drive anywhere in Beverly Hills. It will also catch the attention of those who weren’t expecting it in either situation. Now it seems that its standard 644 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque weren’t enough for M’s first-ever bespoke SUV. It will be the “most powerful BMW M model ever made” in the BMW XM Red Label featuring a hybrid drivetrain with roots in endurance racing.
The standard 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 in the XM is a very impressive engine. Now, the BMW M team has found even more power by improving the V-8’s output to 577 hp and 533 lb-ft of torque, a 94 hp and 74 lb-ft increase that starts at 1,800 rpm and maintains power through 5,400 rpm. This is then paired with the 194 hp, 206 lb-ft electric motor to produce a total of 738 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque, enough to rocket this luxury SUV to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds, making it the highest horsepower production BMW M vehicle ever.
Just like the regular XM, the Red Label is still able to drive 30 miles on the electric motor alone and at speeds of up to 87 mph with a 29.5-kWh battery pack (with a usable capacity of 19.2 kWh). The XM Red Label can also recharge that pack from 0 to 100 percent in just 3.25 hours using a 7.4-kW AC charger, aided by its battery preconditioning system that heats up or cools down its battery for the most efficient charging session. Because it is an M model, the XM Red Label’s charging cable isn’t just tossed in the cargo area, it comes in a weekender bag that’s secured to the cargo area with an M tricolor carabiner and belt. If you’re going to charge such a stylish luxury SUV, you can’t be basic about it.