Watch the BMW iX xDrive50 take a hot lap around a track
As much as automakers try to put the S in SUVs, there’s not much they can do in their attempt to defy the laws of physics. These vehicles have a high center of gravity and are rather heavy, especially if it is an electric vehicle. Nevertheless, on rare occasions, automakers take these bulky vehicles to the track. BMW just did, but not with any of its M models.
In fact, it’s not even an M Performance car because the iX in question is the xDrive50. BMW’s South Korean subsidiary put the electric SUV through its paces at the local BMW Driving Center in Incheon. The facility was opened in August 2014 following an investment of $75.5 million and the creation of approximately 100 jobs.
When an SUV weighs 2,510 kilograms, it will certainly not be the fastest vehicle on any track. The hot lap ended after 1 minute and 33.14 seconds, which made the iX about eight seconds slower than an M4 coupe. Surprisingly enough, it was six seconds faster than a 420i convertible and about two seconds faster than a 745Le at the same circuit.
Hardly any iX owner will take the large SUV to the track (and why would they anyway?), so it’s interesting that BMW did this without even choosing the hottest M60 version. Being such a large vehicle, cornering at high speeds isn’t the electric SUV’s cup of tea, and you can easily tell by the continually squealing tires. Making spaceship noises, the iX is certainly not the most graceful vehicle around a track although the body roll could be much worse.
The next-gen iX3 on the Neue Klasse platform should be much more nimble, although it will be some time before these electric SUVs match the driving dynamics of an X3 M or X5 M.
Source: BMW Korea / YouTube