The upcoming BMW XM Label Red electrified performance SUV has been leaked on the brand’s consumer websites, giving us a first look at the 500kW halo car.

    Shown on the 2023 BWM XM page on BMW Australia’s website, as well as some other regional landing pages, the XM Label Red is shown in Frozen Carbon Black with Toronto Red accents.

    BMW’s website says the Red/Black colour scheme will carry over into the cabin as well, saying it’s “a striking eye-catcher in combination [and] interacting with specific details”.

    There’s no further details about official specification on the consumer website, but we know further details on the back of the regular XM’s reveal just days ago.

    Due to be launched in “autumn 2023”, the BMW XM Label Red will get an uprated version of the standard XM’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo plug-in hybrid system, which matches the targeted outputs of the Concept XM that previewed it.

    Outputs of the V8 are bumped to 430kW/750Nm which, combined with the electric motor, makes for system outputs of 550kW and 1000Nm – BMW advises these are provisional values based on the vehicle’s current stage of development.

    By comparison, the regular BMW XM gets a lower tune of the M Hybrid performance PHEV system, mating a 360kW/650Nm petrol engine with a 145kW/280Nm for system outputs of 480kW and 800Nm.

    Power in the XM is sent to the road via an M xDrive rear-biased all-wheel drive system, which has even more of a rear bias in 4WD Sport mode.

    The XM features double-wishbone front and five-link rear suspension with adaptive M suspension Professional, featuring electronically-controlled dampers and active roll stabilisation with 48V electric motors and Active Roll Control.

    Performance data for the Label Red hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the standard XM accelerate from 0-100km/h in a claimed 4.3 seconds. We’d expect the flagship to dip under the 4.0-second barrier.

    Top speed for the base model, meanwhile, is rated at up to 270km/h.

    Being a plug-in hybrid, the battery details are important too. The standard XM runs a 25.7kWh (usable) lithium-ion battery, which is good for a claimed 82-88 kilometres of EV range on the WLTP cycle.

    When it’s time to recharge, the XM supports AC charging at up to 7.4kW.

    As for fuel consumption, BMW M claims the XM will use as little as 1.6-1.5L/100km on the combined WLTP cycle, with CO2 emissions rated at 36-33g/km. Not bad for a 2710kg (DIN) performance SUV.

    The standard XM is scheduled to land in Australian showrooms during the first half of 2023, priced from a lofty $297,900 before on-road costs. Expect the Label Red to carry a hefty premium.

    BMW Australia has given a preliminary rundown of local specifications, which you can read about here.

    Plug-in rivals for the XM include the 500kW Porsche Cayenne Turbo S e-Hybrid ($307,200), as well as the recently-revealed 340kW Bentley Bentayga S Hybrid ($TBC). The Lamborghini Urus is also due to gain a plug-in hybrid variant in the coming years.

    Stay tuned to CarExpert for all the latest in the lead-up to the XM Label Red’s reveal.

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    James Wong

    James Wong is the Production Editor at CarExpert based in Melbourne, Australia. With experience on both media and manufacturer sides of the industry, James has a specialty for product knowledge which stems from a life-long obsession with cars. James is a Monash University journalism graduate, an avid tennis player, and the proud charity ambassador for Drive Against Depression – an organisation that supports mental wellness through the freedom of driving and the love of cars. He's also the proud father of Freddy, a 2019 Volkswagen Golf GTI .

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