BMW South Africa has confirmed that the most powerful M car ever created – the recently revealed XM – is heading to our shores, with the local arm of the German marque announcing the first original M car since the legendary M1 will make its way here from the second quarter of 2023. 

BMW XM

As a reminder, the BMW XM is equipped with a newly developed (360 kW/650 Nm) 4.4-litre V8 with “cutting-edge” M TwinPower Turbo tech assisted by a (145 kW/280 Nm) electric motor integrated into the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission. In total, the XM’s M Hybrid drive system produces 480 kW and 800 Nm of torque, transferred to the road via the firm’s M xDrive all-wheel-drive set-up. The Bavarian brand says these figures allow the XM to accelerate to the three-figure marker from a standstill in 4.3 seconds. 

BMW XM

The XM’s exterior design is a “statement of exclusivity, presence and performance”. This M-badged SUV’s kidney grille features gold-coloured surrounds and continuous contour lighting. Split headlamps flank the grille. A gold accent band running along the side is reminiscent of the black item found on the M1. The BMW logos engraved into the rear window also pays homage to the sports car. As standard, the XM rides on 21-inch alloy wheels. Wheels measuring 22 to 23 inches are also available. 

The cabin, BMW says, is designed around an active driving experience. Standard items include M multifunction seats and a model-specific leather-wrapped steering wheel. The curved display features M-specific graphics, including shift lights. Ambient lighting, four-zone climate control, and a Harman Kardon surround sound system are also present.