BMW Head of Design, Domagoj Dukec pairs up with Frank Van Meel, BMW M boss, to talk about the new BMW XM. The duo go around and inside the car to give us a design overview. Project Rockstar is the internal name for the XM which is now the flagship M car in Garching.

The BMW XM is M Division’s first hybrid, which means it will act as a test bed for future electrified M cars, like the 2024 BMW M5. Furthermore, it’s the first bespoke M car since the M1 supercar. On the outside, the XM features a unique front end design with split headlights and illuminated kidneys. The rest of the car is made up of sharp lines, shapes, and angles.

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Inside, the BMW XM also breaks new ground for BMW as it separates the front and rear cabin compartments by using different designs for each. Front passengers get a traditional BMW cabin, with the now-normal iDrive 8 infotainment system. The rear cabin compartment features stylish and luxurious seats, along with a 3D-shaped headliner.

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Thanks to a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 hybrid powertrain, it makes 644 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque, which is more powerful than the previous BMW-leader, the M5 CS with its 626 horses. However, there’s an even more powerful model coming, packing a whopping 750 horsepower.

With a price tag around $185,000 for the future 750 hp version, the XM will push the pricing boundaries when it comes to a BMW car. The base model, sold in the U.S. also, is listed at $159,000.