BMW XM tested in Moose Test: Impressive for a large SUV


BMW’s XM, developed entirely by the M division, is a heavyweight super SUV designed for speed. While it initially faced questions about its cornering abilities following a crash at Pikes Peak, a recent moose test by sheds light on its handling.

During the test, the XM achieved a top speed of 46 mph (74 km/h) without hitting any cones, a commendable feat considering its size and weight. However, attempts at higher speeds resulted in oversteering and understeering, leading to cone collisions.

Despite these challenges, the XM displayed minimal body roll, executed clean and relatively quick maneuvers around the cones, and maintained overall safety. This level of control can be attributed in part to its massive 275/35 R21 front and 315/30 R23 wheels equipped with Pirelli P Zero tires.

In summary, while not as agile as some might hope, the BMW XM demonstrates decent maneuverability for its large and heavy build. Powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 with an integrated electric motor, it delivers 644 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. With a curb weight of around 6,000 pounds, the XM still manages to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.