Things are just getting weirder and weirder in Munich.
If your eyes are in working order, you are likely appalled by the design of the new BMW Concept XM. It's certainly not the sort of thing that we expect to see on a kid's bedroom wall and it's unlikely to ever be seen in a museum someday besides as an example of how not to style a car, but it's not all bad, and we think that the overall idea can be made to work if the proportions are right. If the design of the new SUV appalls you and its whole philosophy makes you ill, don't expect to feel any different when you learn what the trim names are rumored to be.
According to BMW Blog, the production version of the BMW XM will reportedly be offered in three trim variants. The base will be the BMW XM Red Label while the more powerful and pricier mid-range variant will be called the XM Black Label. The range-topper will be a little more conventional, however, gaining the name BMW XM Competition. Thankfully, the publication BMW Blog is quick to point out that this is just a rumor, and since the outlet won't reveal its sources, we can hope that these names are nothing more than conjecture from an overly imaginative insider. Whatever the case, the XM continues to split public opinion.
Regardless of how it's named, styled, or perceived, the XM has one thing that nobody has disliked - an outstanding power plant. BMW was adamant that this new halo vehicle required a V8, and the one it got is certainly awe-inspiring. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 is mated to an electric motor and a plug-in hybrid system. Combined, this monster produces 750 horsepower and 737 lb-ft of torque, making it the most powerful BMW ever. With headline figures like those, attention-grabbing styling, and the honor of being the first car fully developed by the M Division in decades, we think that the XM will be a smash hit whatever its trims are called. We just wish we didn't have to cringe every time this SUV popped up on our feed.