BMW’s Most Powerful: Safety Car Smarts?

New Recaro Seats for XM Label.

It’s been over 12 months since BMW introduced the XM as its first dedicated M model since the iconic M1 from the late 1970s and early 1980s. After its global debut, the plug-in hybrid SUV was given two more versions – an XM 50e with an inline-six for certain countries and the powerful Label Red. Bizarrely, the Bavarian carmaker then chose to remove the “Red” from its name.

Last April, the XM Label made its debut at Auto Shanghai 2023, and it has now been transformed into a MotoGP Safety Car for the 2024 season. As opposed to its previous model, this one comes with an assertive front splitter, a roof-mounted light bar, as well as additional LED bulbs in the front bumper. It also comes with two Recaro front bucket seats – each complete with a six-point safety harness – a few new controls to operate the lights and finally, a fire extinguisher should a mishap occur.

At the 2023 MotoGP season finale in Valencia, BMW presented the XM Label Safety Car and a second car. The occasion was also special for Francesco Bagnaia, who took home the keys to his brand new electrified SUV after winning the BMW M Award for the fastest qualifier. This marks the 21st time BMW has given out the award, and the German luxury automaker has been the “Official Car of MotoGP” supplier for 25 years. Last year, Bagnaia had won an M3 Touring with center-mounted stacked exhaust tips.

Boasting striking design, a roomy SUV silhouette, and weighing in at a hefty 2,722kg, the XM Label is a definite no-go for the traditionalist. On the plus side, it’s the most powerful car to ever be produced by BMW, with its potent 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and electric motor combination delivering a combined 738hp going alongside an impressive 1,000Nm of torque.

The priciest BMW automobile obtainable in America can be snatched up for a retail fee of $185,000 minus any add-ons. Throw on the sole pair of available modifiers – the Bowers & Wilkins audio setup plus M Driver’s Package – and it will cost you a whopping $192,000 with the destination charges included. This is still cheaper in contrast to the starting Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT offered in the United States for an exorbitant $197,950.

Source: BMW,

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