The BMW X3M and an X4M will appear in 2020 to the delight of BMW fans looking for a sporty crossover SUV that is strong on performance. As Motor Authority says, “it was only a matter of time before BMW released M versions of its compact X3 and X4 crossovers.”
Production of the new models begins in April this year, according to a statement from the German manufacturer released this week. The most important changes to the model are in the engine area. Both the X3M and X4M crossover SUVs are fitted out with a S58 twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-6 that produces 473 horsepower. The engine revs to 7,200 rpm, launches the vehicles to 60 mph/ 100 kmh in 4.1 seconds, and propels them to a top speed of 174 mph/ 280 kmh.
The BMW X3M and X4M Competition
And there is something more to please drivers looking for a high-performance crossover SUV from BMW, a firm that has always emphasised the performance quality of its models – the X3M and X4M Competition models.
These two cars are more powerful than the standard models. They produce 503 horsepower and do 0-60 mph in 4 seconds flat, while having a top speed of 177 mph/ 285 kmh. This much power needs a lot of cooling, so the SUVs have a central radiator flanked by two smaller ones, plus an engine oil cooler and a transmission cooler as well.
These two models have been optimised for track driving with the oil supply maximised to ensure that the cars are never starved of oil when involved in track racing. Furthermore, the all-wheel-drive system in the standard X3M and X4M models has been tweaked and tuned by BMW’s M Division, and there is a Sport driving mode that allows it to send more power to the rear wheels.
The body in the Competition models has been reinforced as well and the suspension has been updated with M-specific bushings, bearings, rear control arms, anti-roll bars, and front wishbone suspension components. BMW says it has tested the X3 M and X4 M on the Nürburgring Nordschiefe, as well as at the company’s Mirimas test track in southern France. So far prices are not known, but it is expected they will be announced shortly.