M Carbon Black BMW i5 M60: A Visual Spectacle

The new 5 Series (G60) recently made its mark in France, continuing its global journey. BMW’s regional divisions, like many others, are highlighting the all-electric i5. Previously, France showcased the rear-wheel-drive, single-motor eDrive40. Now, the focus shifts to the dynamic M60 with a new photo series.

The M Carbon Black finish on this electric M Performance model allows for views from nearly every angle. Depending on the light, the colour may seem slightly blue, similar to Individual Tanzanite Blue, but less costly. BMW France prices Tanzanite Blue at €2,500, while M Carbon Black is €1,200. This model boasts the biggest factory-installed wheels on a 5er, featuring impressive 21-inch wheels.

The electric sports sedan’s predominantly black look is enhanced by its black trunk lid spoiler, Shadowline headlamps, and dark kidney grille. Red brake callipers add an attractive contrast. The interior mirrors the exterior’s near-black, or dark grey, theme. It features sophisticated crystal controls for the gear selector and iDrive rotary knob, along with carbon fibre dashboard trim. Additionally, the sedan has a Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system boasting 17 speakers, marking a significant upgrade.

BMW offers the i5 in two variants, planning a third to link the eDrive40 and M60. Set for a 2024 US debut, the i5 xDrive40 will cost $69,800. This price is $3,000 higher than the eDrive40 and $14,300 less than the M60.

BMW is considering launching an M560e, indicating that the i5 M60 and next year’s M5 Sedan/Touring might not be the only 5 Series with M emblems on their grilles. Insider reports from Bavaria suggest this new model will be an inline-six plug-in hybrid, replacing the phased-out M550i.

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