Meet The BMW XM Label Red

Limited to 500 units, it’s the most powerful road-legal BMW M vehicle ever.

If we revisit the standard BMW XM for a moment, we’ll probably agree that 653hp/800Nm is enough for most users. I mean, it can hit 100kmph from nothing in 4.3 seconds, enough to put several sportscars to shame. However, BMW had other ideas for the XM. And they’ve formulated into what you see here – the XM Label Red. But beware, there’s a catch. Let’s leave that for later.

The XM Label Red is the most powerful road-legal BMW M vehicle ever. The hybrid powertrain, which comprises a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 and an electric motor housed within the 8-speed automatic gearbox, offers 748hp/1,000Nm. Simple math reveals an addition of 95hp/200Nm over the standard BMW XM. And that extra oomph translates to a 0-100kmph sprint time of 3.8 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 250kmph. That, however, can be raised to 290kmph with the optional M Driver’s package.

On its own, the fossil fuel-powered heart produces 585hp/750Nm. On the other hand, the electric motor contributes up to 197hp/280Nm. As in the standard XM, the Label Red also has a pre-gearing stage to increase the electric motor’s output to 450Nm. Backing it up is a 25.7kWh battery, which helps deliver an all-electric range of up to 83km. And in that mode, the XM Label Red can hit up to 140kmph. Also, BMW claims that a 7.4kW AC charger can charge the battery from zero to 100 per cent in 4.25 hours.

Complementing the increase in power and performance is a more striking makeover. That comes courtesy of accents in Toronto Red, found on the grille, the window surrounds, the diffuser, the wheel inserts and even the model badges. For the exterior, one solid and eight metallic colour options are available. Buyers can also choose from over 50 BMW Individual paint finishes, including Urban Green, Petrol Mica and Sepia.

Even the interior styling has been livened up. The black/red theme accentuates the sporty aura, especially with the exclusive seat upholstery. The SUV also boasts red contrast stitching on the seats, instrument panel, door trim and centre console. Even the air vents have red accents. Other exclusive touches include the “XM” badge wedged between the central AC vents and a trip strip in carbon fibre with a satin effect.

There’s a plaque indoors that reads “1/500”, and this is what I had left unanswered above. BMW will make only 500 units of the XM Label Red. There’s no word on the pricing yet, but expect that to change when the SUV makes its world premiere at this year’s Shanghai Auto Show. Dealers will start accepting orders for the BMW XM Label Red from April 28, 2023.

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