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BMW iX M60 review

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James Mills | Managing editor


1 June 2024

If it feels like only yesterday that disciples of BMW’s M outfit were harrumphing over the M3 going from a revvy little four-cylinder homologation special – where the only driver aids were matching pairs of Sparco race boots and gloves – to a plush six-pot GT, imagine the consternation surrounding the first electric car from M GmbH in its near 52-year history.

The iX M60 is not only electric but, of all things, an SAV – Sports Activity Vehicle, in acronym speak. Which is to say, it’s a poshed-up people carrier without any of the versatility offered by the best of that near moribund breed. (But let’s not get into that here…)

A people carrier? As an M car? You have to wonder whether it’s a path the company would have taken had it not watched as Tesla’s Model X and Y sold so well, and seen the reception that greeted Tesla’s gimmicky driving modes, Ludicrous and Insane.

Based on the iX, the company’s large, luxury EV flagship that arrived on these shores in late 2021, the M60 version is the most potent of the lot. By potent, try 610bhp, 811lb ft, 0-62 in 3.8 seconds and a top speed electronically reined in at 155mph. For a significantly faster family car, you’d need a Renault Espace powered by a Renault-Williams FW15C V10 engine. (Which we just so happen to have experienced.)

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