BMW XM Spied At Nurburgring Exercising Its 644-HP Plug-In Hybrid V8


The prototype BMW XM was already available for us to test drive, but it is still a while before the automaker unveils the final version.

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BMW will continue to test the new crossover as it celebrates 50 years of BMW M division. The unveiling of the crossover is expected later in the year.

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The new XM will be equipped with a powerful plug-in hybrid powertrain, which produces 644 horsepower (474 kilowatts), and 650 pound feet (881 Newton-meters).

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The new S68 V8 twin-turbocharged 4.4 liter engine is paired with an electrical motor in the ZF 8HP-specific XM gearbox.

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This is below the concept's 750 horsepower (559 kW), and 737 lbft (1,001 Nm) figures. However, that model will be more powerful when it arrives next year.

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The large SUV is seen cruising around the German tracks in the new video. BMW continues to conceal the design behind a camouflage.

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Domagoj Dukec, BMW's chief designer, explained earlier this year that split-headlights allow designers greater freedom to style the front.

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Designers are restricted in how they can design the headlights, as they must meet certain legal standards.

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