Times are changing, but performance sub-brands are as focused as ever. This 2023 iX M60 is BMW’s latest attempt to bring their iconic M into the electric future.

As expected, it packs a punch off the line: up to 619 horsepower in “sport mode,” and toggling launch control will temporarily beef it up to 811 lb-ft of torque. Even in “normal” driving, there’s still 532 ponies and 749 lb-ft of torque on tap— more than enough.

It’s all put down by the iX’s twin-motor all-wheel drive system, juiced up by 105.2 kilowatt-hours of usable battery. It recharges from 10-80 percent in 39 minutes at a proper DC fast-charging station. And at 100 percent, there’s respectable range of up to 288 miles.

But as usual there’s more to “M” than speed, and fortunately the iX M60 knows how to handle; tight and responsive with agile steering in sport mode; soft and quiet in normal conditions. We’ll chalk that up to the M-tuned dual-axle air suspension with rear-steering.

The iX is built with a sharpened image; fresh, even controversial, yet unmistakably BMW– especially upfront with the closed-off double kidney grille. Inside, the cabin is well appointed with tech, including a large BMW Curved Display for instrumentation and infotainment. An available Executive Package shines bright with crystal-glass controls, open-pore wood trim and soft-close automatic doors.

The 2023 BMW iX M60 is a bold all-electric entry from BMW; one that goes all out to justify its near $110,000 price tag. And as one of the first electric M’s we can’t wait to see what’s next.

And we’ll have more Quick Spins, soon!