Watch This Gigantic BMW XM Prototype Tackle the Nürburgring

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Photo credit: autoevolution - YouTube
Photo credit: autoevolution - YouTube

Like it or not, BMW is putting its polarizing Concept XM into production. The plug-in hybrid SUV, which the brand says will be the heaviest car it ever makes, is the first M-exclusive vehicle since the legendary mid-engine M1 supercar. Here it is testing on the Nürburgring for the first time.

The Autoevolution YouTube channel caught this camouflaged XM prototype sailing around the Green Hell during a recent industry test pool day. While we can't see much of the final design, those gigantic kidney grilles are tough to miss. Out back we can see the quad exhaust pipes that are stacked vertically, another signature design cue from the concept.

The XM will use a version of BMW's existing 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 connected to a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) system, sending power to all four wheels. The concept makes a claimed 750 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque, but there's no word on whether those figures will stick around for production. The prototype here certainly sounds like it's sporting some kind of V-8 under the hood.

The XM is set to go into production sometime in 2023.

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