[VIDEO] BMW i5 M60 Takes on the Autobahn for Speed Challenges

Earlier this year, BMW unveiled the eighth-generation 5 Series Sedan’s M Performance version featuring an electric motor. In 2024, we anticipate the arrival of the M560e, a plug-in hybrid with an inline-six, alongside the i5 M60. The sporty G60 model is distinct, incorporating electric motors instead of traditional cylinders. This video was filmed on an unrestricted section of the Autobahn to showcase the impressive speed of an M-Lite 5 Series without the V8 engine found in the M550i.

The i5 M60, sporting a Frozen Deep Grey finish, incorporates the optional IconicSounds Electric feature. Film composer Hans Zimmer developed the said feature. This collaboration explains the futuristic sound when the driver floors the accelerator. With launch control, this emissions-free M Performance 5 Series achieved 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.85 seconds, closely approaching the official sprint time of the i5 M60.

This high-performance EV employs all-wheel drive, with one motor for the front axle and another for the rear wheels. Even on a wet German highway, it displayed impressive performance. It completed a quarter mile in just 11.66 seconds and reached 124 mph (200 km/h) in 12.9 seconds. Notably, the i5 M60 is a sizable sedan, measuring 5060 millimetres (199.2 inches) in length and weighing 2,305 kilograms (5,081 pounds) in its European specification. Its luxurious and powerful nature results in exceptional straight-line performance, with its substantial horsepower and rapid torque delivery.

The BMW i5 M60 aligns with the typical pattern of EVs losing power at high speeds, capping at 142 mph (229 km/h). This restriction is intentional to safeguard battery life. The M Performance EV also employs two motors, yielding 593 horsepower and 820 Nm (605 lb-ft) of torque. These motors draw power from an 81.2 kWh lithium-ion battery pack with usable capacity.

Next year, the M5 Touring (G99) makes a much-awaited return, along with the debut of the M5 Sedan (G90). These models will both feature a 4.4-litre V8 twin-turbo engine and an electric motor, projecting a combined system output exceeding 700 horsepower.

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