The BMW XM Label Red, which broke cover today ahead of its public debut at the upcoming Auto
Shanghai, will launch in New Zealand at the end of this year.
The new variant takes the extroverted positioning, performance, and style of the BMW XM – which is set for imminent market launch – to new heights. It features an M HYBRID system with additional power and bespoke design accents that symbolise its flagship position.
System output of 550kW – generated by the potent combination of a V8 combustion engine producing up to 430kW and an electric motor with 145kW – crowns the BMW XM Label Red as the most powerful BMW M model ever made. It also tops the power rankings in the Sports Activity Vehicle and Sports Activity Coupé segments.
Production of the BMW XM Label Red will commence in August this year at BMW Group Plant Spartanburg in the USA. An exclusive edition of the BMW XM Label Red, limited to 500 cars globally, will also go into production at the same time. Just five examples of this model, which features an exterior paint finish in BMW Individual Frozen Carbon Black metallic, will arrive in New Zealand.
The M HYBRID system in the BMW XM Label Red demonstrates the profound effect of drive system electrification in high-performance models from BMW M GmbH in impressive style. The precisely honed interplay of the electric motor and V8 engine ensures an instantaneous delivery of power that builds emphatically and continues unabated into the highest reaches of the rev range.
This combination of combustion engine and electric motor matches the drive concept of the new
BMW M Hybrid V8 endurance race car, which made a successful debut in the 24 Hours of Daytona
race in the North American IMSA series this year and is set to line up in events including the 24
Hours of Le Mans in 2024.
With a system output of 550kW, the new top-of-the-line model develops 70kW more than that of
the BMW XM. System torque is also up by 200Nm and now peaks at 1000Nm, while power is channelled to the road by the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. In conjunction with a model-specific composition of
chassis technology and fast-acting, high-precision powertrain and chassis control, the result is a unique performance experience with dynamism and agility at a whole new level.
The M HYBRID system of the BMW XM Label Red blends the future-focused virtues of electrification with the traditional qualities of a high-revving eight-cylinder combustion engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology. The latest generation of the V8 stands out with its extremely rapid power delivery, increased efficiency and minimised emissions. As well as a cross-bank exhaust manifold, it also features a reinforced crankshaft drive, turbocharging with an electrically controlled blow-off valve, upgraded oil supply and optimised oil separation.
In the BMW XM Label Red, the V8 makes an even greater contribution to the system output generated in tandem with the electric motor. It produces its maximum output of 430kW at 5600rpm. Peak torque is 750Nm – an increase of 100Nm over the version of the engine in the standard BMW XM – and is on tap across an extremely wide rev band from 1800 to 5400rpm.
With two electronically controlled and continuously adjustable flaps, the sports exhaust system of the BMW XM Label Red provides an emotionally rich accompaniment to the engine’s power delivery with a vibrancy and energy not normally associated with an eight-cylinder unit. The engine sound therefore has a distinctive quality, as do the two pairs of dual tailpipes, with the individual pipes arranged one above the other.