M feeling in a new dimension: Testing driving dynamics with the new BMW XM.


Munich. Its expressive design remains hidden under camouflage foil, its athletic proportions are already noticeable and the extreme performance characteristics of the new BMW XM make every test drive an experience, even for seasoned professionals. As part of the driving dynamics tests, BMW M GmbH first high-performance car with electrified propulsion is currently completing the final phase of its series development process. Only a few months after the presentation of the BMW Concept XM, the prototypes of the production model demonstrate the high level of maturity of their drivetrain and suspension technology in an intensive test program. The BMW XM is ready to redefine high performance, luxury and sovereignty.

After the all-electric Performance models BMW i4 M50 (combined power consumption: 22.5 – 18.0 kWh/100 km according to WLTP, CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; data according to NEDC: – ) and BMW iX M60 (combined energy consumption: 24.5 -21.9 kWh/100 km according to WLTP, CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; data according to NEDC: – ), the BMW XM presents another facet of e -mobility within the high-performance car segment with the first M hybrid drive system. A new V8 petrol engine combined with an electric drive mobilizes a system output of 480 KW/650 PS. The combined torque is 800 Nm. With sovereignty at all times, power is efficiently transferred to the road via the first hybrid-specific M xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which is extremely spontaneous.

The countdown to the world premiere of the BMW XM perfectly accompanies the commemorative activities marking the 50th anniversary of BMW M GmbH. In December 2022, series production will begin at the BMW Group’s US plant in Spartanburg. “With the launch of the BMW XM at the end of our anniversary year, we look to the future, where BMW M will continue to break with convention and push boundaries,” says Franciscus van MeelPresident of Board of directors of BMW M GmbH. “Electrification gives us new opportunities to demonstrate that unmistakable M feel in a fascinating way and transfer it to the road. Regardless of their drive technology, our performance and performance cars will continue to possess an unmistakable and authentic M character. in the future. “

For their test drives on public roads, the development and test engineers established an exceptionally demanding and varied route profile. The intelligently controlled interplay of the new eight-cylinder engine and the particularly powerful electric motor can thus be tested and fine-tuned in detail in a wide range of conditions: from intermediate sprints on the motorway to winding country roads and stop-and-go traffic. go in the city. Steep mountain passages and narrow serpentines provide the perfect terrain to demonstrate the driving dynamic potential of the M xDrive system, including the electronically controlled differential lock in the rear axle transmission.

With an electric range of around 80 kilometers according to WLTP (estimated range of 30 miles EPA, not an official EPA value), the new BMW XM can also be driven not only in built-up areas, but also on longer distances in a virtually silent environment and locally. emissions-free cruising mode. The spontaneous reactions of the electric motor to every movement of the accelerator pedal are intensely perceptible. In electric mode, its power delivered instantly ensures dynamic acceleration, for example when starting at a red light or leaving town.

The fact that the new BMW XM was designed as a pure BMW M automobile is also apparent from its near-perfect 50:50 axle load distribution and suspension technology. The new BMW XM is equipped as standard with an Adaptive M Professional suspension. This also includes a model-specific version of the electronically controlled springs and dampers as well as – for the first time in a BMW M automobile – an electromechanical roll stabilization system with 48-volt technology. With the additional Active Roll Comfort function, it reduces rolling movements due to uneven road surfaces on one side. At the same time, it actively adjusts the ride height of the corresponding side of the vehicle. Integral Active Steering is also part of the standard equipment of a BMW M automobile for the first time and supports agility and cornering dynamics as well as driving stability when changing lanes.

With this combination, a model-specific M brake system and the latest generation of the integrated brake system, as well as optional M light-alloy wheels up to 23 inches, the new BMW XM offers handling that can be controlled with precision even in very dynamic driving situations. It also excels in its supreme comfort in everyday life and over long distances. The optimum balance between performance and ride comfort is achieved through an intensive testing program under everyday conditions. The experienced developers on board the pre-production model accurately record how the suspension systems react to ruts, bumps or dirty stretches of road and how confidently to sudden directional changes, spontaneous lane changes or long descents with high deceleration requirements are mastered. As part of the integrated application of all drive and suspension systems, their fine tuning ensures that the combustion engine and electric motor as well as all suspension components and control systems of the BMW XM form a Perfectly coordinated overall package for a new form of M performance.

*Due to the status of the prototype vehicle, technical details such as fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, etc. will be released later this year.

BMW i4 M50

Combined power consumption: 22.5 – 18.0 kWh/100 km according to WLTP, CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; data according to NEDC: – .

BMW iX M60

Combined power consumption: 24.5 -21.9 kWh/100 km according to WLTP, CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; data according to NEDC: – .



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