BMW XM passes final tests

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The future BMW XM is not only the first hybrid of the M-division but also the first independent car of the brand’s sports division after the M1 of the 70s, as well as the most powerful all-terrain vehicle in the line. At the disposal of, there were spy photos of the prototype of the production model taken during the final tests at the Nurburgring: there is less camouflage on the car body in fresh pictures. Journalists place special emphasis on the rear part, namely on the extended arches and protruding elements of the taillights.

Earlier, BMW said that the production XM will retain “more than 90 percent of the concept design” presented in December 2021, so there should be no surprises in the appearance. Despite this, for the previous six months, the prototype went out on the roads in dense camouflage, which does not allow considering the features of the exterior.

Fresh spy photos have less film than usual, so the differences from the show car are already visible. For example, the serial hybrid has less massive “nostrils” of the radiator grille and a different shape of the taillights — they noticeably protrude. In addition, the front bumper looks different, but it could have been disguised with an additional overlay. At the same time, the prototype and last year’s concept have the same glazing and, apparently, the same strip along the window sill line.

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Earlier it was reported that the XM hybrid unit will include a new S68 engine — a 4.4-liter “eight” with two turbochargers in the collapse of the unit, adapted to work with an electric motor. Together with the electric motor, it develops 650 horsepower and 800 Nm of torque. Thus, the serial version will be more powerful than the X5 M Competition and X6 M Competition (625 forces and 750 Nm of torque). As for the Competition version, it is not allowed for the hybrid, although it will have a “charged” version, but apparently, it will be called differently.

The assembly of the first M-series hybrid will be organized at the BMW plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Production will begin before the end of this year, and sales are scheduled to start in the spring of 2023. According to unofficial information, the prices for the hybrid XM will start from 130 thousand dollars.