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More Power: The 2023 BMW iX M60

2023 BMW iX M60 front 3/4 view

A couple of months after our review of the 2022 BMW iX xDrive 50, we get to say "Same again, but faster."

2023 BMW iX M60 rear 3/4 view

BMW is a performance brand, so even the slowest iX electric comes with 516 horsepower and can get to 60 miles an hour from a standing start in 4.4 seconds.

2023 BMW iX M60 badging on rear pillar

2023 BMW iX M60 iX badging on tailgate

2023 BMW iX M60 M badge on tailgate

When BMW puts the "M" badge on a car, stuff's getting serious.

In the iX M60's case, that means 610 horsepower, 811 lb-ft of torque and 0-60 times of 3.6 seconds.

How do you say "yee-haw" in German? The deal also includes rear axle steering and air suspension (calibrated for sharper handling and a firmer ride) and M Sport brakes.

2023 BMW iX M60 rear liftgate open

2023 BMW iX M60 rear seat

2023 BMW iX M60 front seats

2023 BMW iX M60 front seat detail

2023 BMW iX M60 instrument panel

Stepping up to the M60 from the xDrive50 requires a robust bank account---the base price of $106,095 including destination is $21,900 higher. To BMW's credit, it makes a lengthy list of items standard equipment---full active safety features, 21-inch wheels, multi-functional seats, a radiant heating package and four-zone climate control, an interior camera and a terrific Bowers & Wilkins sound system among them.

2023 BMW iX M60 steering wheel and gauge cluster

2023 BMW iX M60 center console

2023 BMW iX M60 infotainment screen

That leaves relatively little in the way of extra-cost options on our car. There was $1900 for the Driving Assistance Pro Package (Active Driving Assitant Pro and Parking Assistant Professional---the smartass in me has to ask if it comes with a little red digital valet's vest), $1,150 for the Luxury Package (with glass and wood controls), $300 for BMW iBlue seatbelts, and a $175 credit for a missing lumbar control for the front passenger (vestiges of the supply chain shortage). So, the as-tested price of the 2023 BMW iX M60 is $109,270. And because BMW went so big on standard equipment, that narrows the $21,900 gap in starting prices between it and the xDrive50 I reviewed in November to just $8,250 as equipped.

2023 BMW iX M60 front view

2023 BMW iX M60 side view

2023 BMW iX M60 rear view

That's not nothing, but it's also a more reasonable gap, especially for the intended buyers of this luxury-performance EV SUV, making it a whole lot easier to yell...

Ja-haw ("yee-haw" in German)!

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