Check Out The BMW XM In 11 Different Colors

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Including the M4's Sao Paulo Yellow.

The new BMW Concept XM has been revealed and it's made quite a spectacle of itself. Its 750-horsepower hybrid powertrain has been overshadowed by its arresting styling, emphasized by a grille of epic proportions. The concept was finished in two-tone paint with matte gold-bronze on the upper section and Space Grey Metallic paint lower down. It got us thinking - would the Concept XM look better or worse if it were finished in one of BMW's other popular color options? We rendered the Concept XM in several of them, including the launch colors from popular M cars, in an attempt to answer that question.

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In Alpine White, the only non-metallic color offered for some M cars like the M8 Competition Coupe, the XM looks just as dramatic. Here, the paint contrasts with the black grille, lower body detailing, and darkened A-pillars. In two-tone black/white and black on its own, the XM's grille blends in a little better, but the grille's contour lighting means that it never comes close to fading into the background. One of the other interesting choices is Manhattan Green Metallic, another subdued hue that somewhat tones down the extreme styling cues of the XM.

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After that, things get a bit wilder, but perhaps a bolder color is appropriate for an SUV that's intent on dropping jaws. Isle of Man Green and Sao Paulo Yellow were the launch colors chosen for the M3 and M4 respectively, and both are equally striking here. We'd say the yellow looks a bit better on the XM, however. Aventurin Red Metallic, a $1,950 option on the M4, is another vivid choice, as are Marina Bay Blue Metallic and Motegi Red Metallic. The zaniest one we created was a blend of Aventurin Red and Marina Bay Blue, and reminds us of Rolls-Royce's often outlandish color palette.

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The final color is one that most BMW fans have raved about. It's none other than the Thundernight Metallic (purple) that has been seen on the new 2 Series Coupe, specifically the M240i. We've got to say that it works just as well here. No matter what color it's finished in, the Concept XM fails spectacularly at flying under the radar. If this is the BMW SUV you must have, we recommend going all out and getting it in Thundernight Metallic, should BMW offer this as an option on the production model. We'll know more when we can configure the new XM sometime closer to the end of next year when it goes into production.

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