The BMW XM is filmed putting its hybrid prowess to the test on the terrifying Nürburgring. And if you’re a little concerned about how the drivetrain would sound, the news is good.
In the video, the car can be seen moving slowly on the streets around the track, and the newly developed, electrically assisted V8 powertrain sounds damn good. The standard XM gets 644 hp (480 kW / 653 hp) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque and an electric range of 80 km, while a more powerful model gets up to 738 hp (550 kW / 748 hp) ) and 1,000 Nm (737 lb-ft) of torque.
It’s not exactly clear which model was tested here, but the non-carbon fiber roof may indicate that this is a lower-finish model. The more powerful 738 horsepower models are expected to have a carbon fiber roof for a lower center of gravity, although this sounds a bit ironic given the size and weight of BMW’s upcoming model.
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Previously seen in an airport with even less camouflage, the design of the production model is likely to be quite close to that of the XM Concept. That means the automaker is sticking with the huge grille, angular design, and tiny headlights. Even the BMW M1 aping roundels were seen on the spied vehicle.
Production of the vehicle is expected to begin in December in Spartanburg, South Carolina.