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As SUVs grew in popularity, car manufacturers began producing smaller versions with powerful engines and a whole new craze was started. This new line of vehicles saw many automakers jumping on board, so much so that it actually created a new market segment known as Sports Activity Vehicles (SAVs). SAVs are essentially smaller SUVs with more power than one would expect, well they say they’re smaller but this particular BMW seems to be sized between the BMW X3 and BMW X5. BMW created its own SAV, and of course, it also put one through its M-Division which has resulted in the most powerful M car ever released. The all-new BMW XM is a ridiculously powerful hybrid-electric vehicle that’s equipped with new technologies and systems. The press releases only give you an idea of what these new, powerful cars are like, and so we’ve been patiently waiting for one of the more respected motoring reviewers to get their hands on one - enter Mat Watson from Carwow. In true Mat-style, he takes a close look ate everything about the car from the styling cues to the good bits and the bad bits. Yeah, the most powerful M car in the world also has some annoying things, believe it or not.

The BMW XM is an electrically-assisted SAV with a focus on power, hence the M badges. The base engine is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 that generates a rather healthy 360 kW on its own. When combined with the electric drive system that produces an additional 145 kW, the BMW XM then boasts a really impressive 485 kW. The vehicle's overall torque is rated at a rather monstrous 800 Nm, and with all of this power delivered to all four wheels, driving performance specs are properly impressive. This renamed SUV has brilliant performance, able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in just 4.3 seconds. It gets even better, or it will in the coming months as BMW plans to release the BMW XM Label Red, which will again become the most powerful road-legal series-produced car in BMW M-Division's history. This one will reportedly have a power output of 550 kW, with a combined torque of 1000Nm that all comes from a 430 kW combustion engine and 145 kW from the electric assistance added in. As soon as Mat gets his hands on that one, and he will, we’ll report back.

Take a look at the YouTube video that sees our fav UK presenter taking a closer look at the most powerful M car to date, the BMW XM SAV, and in true Carwow style Mat Watson discusses all the good parts, the bad parts and the annoying parts that most of us will never see for ourselves: I drove the most powerful BMW M car EVER! | carwow

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