There aren't many options for a car meant to go toe-to-toe with Rolls-Royce and Bentley.
Whether you like it or not, the BMW XM has arrived, and with the US configurator now live, prospective buyers are going to be designing their ideal (and possibly vomit-inducing) specifications to show off with in Miami. But considering BMW M developed the XM as a means of combatting the Lamborghini Urus and Rolls-Royce Cullinan, there is surprisingly little that can be tailored to your choosing.
Before we get ahead of ourselves, however, let's start with the basics. The 2023 BMW XM carries a base price of $159,000 before options. But even fully loaded, we were unable to surpass $167,400. That's because options are severely limited. Other markets have seen massive price tags; the XM costs more than $300k bucks in China, for example.
Only seven paint colors are available, for example, including the Cape York Green showcased at the time of its reveal. The most vivid is Toronto Red Metallic, and Mineral White is the only light hue on offer. None of these three options are particularly suited to the XM, though, and it's this writer's opinion that darker hues do the most to reduce onlookers' chances of becoming physically ill. Marina Bay Blue, Black Sapphire, and Dravit Grey are subtle, but the best color is Carbon Black, which changes in the light and appears dark blue from some angles and black from others. All seven options cost nothing extra.
We'd steer clear of the optional NightGold Metallic exterior trim for the window surrounds, grille surrounds, and rear diffuser trim, as it's gaudy and tasteless but looks least offensive with the aforementioned Carbon Black. Once again, this is a no-cost option.
Two wheel designs can be had - 22-inch M Light Alloy Wheels with either mixed performance of high-performance rubber or the signature 23-inch wheels seen at launch in either the garish gold or a more subtle silver finish.
Inside, the options are even more limited. Merino leather in Black is the only no-cost option and is the most sedate of the four available. A combination of Sakhir Orange and Black costs $1,500, but for $2,500, you can get either Silverstone (off-white) or Deep Lagoon (teal) in combination with Vintage Coffee. It was the latter combo previewed in the Concept XM and the final reveal, and having seen it in the metal late last year, this writer can attest that it's better in person than it looks in pictures. The two elements most out of place with any of the available choices, however, are the M steering wheel and the carbon fiber trim panels, neither of which can be substituted for anything more elegant.
Lastly, five standalone options can be equipped. A Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System that costs $3,400 is the only feature upgrade, with three remaining cosmetic options in the form of the aforementioned NightGold exterior trim or M Sport brake calipers (standard) painted either blue or red. Lastly, the M Driver's Package will set you back $2,500 - a fair amount for nothing more than an increase of the XM's speed limiter from 155 mph to 168 mph.
Getting you there is a combination of a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 and plug-in hybrid system generating a combined 644 horsepower and 590 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph takes 4.1 seconds. Production of the regular XM is already underway at BMW's Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, but we'll have to wait a little longer for the even more potent Label Red model, which will have 735 hp, 735 lb-ft, unique styling, and a price tag north of $185,000.