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Does BMW’s Most Powerful Production Car Look Better As A Safety Car?

The BMW XM, the company’s first dedicated M model since the venerable M1 of the late 1970s and early 1980s, was launched more than a year ago. After making its debut globally, the plug-in hybrid SUV was given two more iterations: this robust Label Red and an XM 50e with an inline-six for certain countries. Strangely enough, the Bavarian company later chose to omit the word “Red” from its name.

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The XM Label made its premiere at Auto Shanghai 2023 in April of last year. For the 2024 season, it will sport a fresh design as a MotoGP Safety Car. It includes additional flashing LEDs in the front bumper, a light bar installed on the roof, and a powerful front splitter over the basic vehicle. Within, it boasts a pair of Recaro front bucket seats with a six-point harness, additional controls for those new lights, and a fire extinguisher in case something goes horribly wrong.

2024 BMW XM Label MotoGP Safety Car

BMW also brought a second car to the 2023 MotoGP season finale in Valencia, when the XM Label Safety Car was unveiled. Francesco Bagnaia, who took home the BMW M Award for fastest qualifier this year, was given the keys to his brand-new electric SUV. The same rider won an M3 Touring with stacked exhaust tips positioned in the centre of the vehicle last year. Although BMW will offer the BMW M Award for the 21st time in 2023, the German luxury carmaker has supplied the “Official Car of MotoGP” for 25 years.

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With wild styling, a massive SUV body, and a hefty curb weight of nearly 6,000 pounds (over 2,700 kilograms), the XM Label is a purist’s worst nightmare. It does have something going for it since we’re dealing with BMW’s most powerful production vehicle ever. The twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 and electric motor work together for a combined output of 738 hp and 737 lb-ft (1,000 Nm).

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It’s the most expensive BMW model money can buy in the United States, retailing from $185,000 before options. Add the only two available extras – Bowers & Wilkins sound system and the M Driver’s Package – and the price jumps to nearly $192,000 after factoring in the destination fees. It still undercuts a base Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, available in the US from $197,950.

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