On the finish of final yr, nine-time bike world champion Valentino Rossi grew to become a works driver for BMW M Motorsport. Having retired from MotoGP within the fall of 2021, the legendary rider determined to broaden his horizon and compete within the Fanatec GT World Problem Europe with the BMW M4 GT3. Notable outcomes embody sixth place on the 24 Hours of Spa and the Bathurst 12 Hour, first place on the Street to Le Mans, and second place within the second of the 2 GTWCE Dash Cup races at Manufacturers Hatch.
A brand new video exhibits “The Physician” behind the wheel of an especially totally different BMW, the large-and-in-charge XM. The dust monitor is situated at Rossi’s personal VR46 Motor Ranch, positioned only a mile away from his hometown Tavullia the place he moved as a toddler. Enjoyable reality – the velocity restrict there may be 46 km/h as a substitute of the same old 50 km/h as a nod to Rossi’s racing quantity.
BMW’s strongest manufacturing automotive up to now has a devoted 4WD Sand driving mode and one can presume it was put to good use whereas the colossal M model was going sideways on the dust course. It solely works when the dynamic stability management system is absolutely turned off. The XM in query is a Sapphire Black instance with the Evening Gold accent band and large 23-inch wheels – the most important ever put in from the manufacturing unit on a BMW.
In Italy the place the video was shot, the XM kicks off at a steep €181,500 for the common model and from an eye-watering €206,500 if you happen to step as much as the XM Label Purple. In fact, you may add choices to drive the worth up even additional. It’s the corporate’s most costly common manufacturing model ever, solely surpassed by the ultra-exclusive 3.0 CSL that retailed for about €750,000 earlier than all 50 automobiles have been acquired by rich people.
Supply: BMW Italia