BMW has expanded its high-performance model line-up to include the X3 M and X4 M, in its latest press release.
Joining the X3 and X4 M are the BMW X3 and X4 M Competition variants, the highest grade in BMW’s SAV range. The X3 M and X4 M take up a powerful straight-six petrol engine that generates maximum output of 353 kW/480 hp from its 3.0-liter displacement, together with peak torque of 600 Nm. The version of the bi-turbo unit developed specially for the X3 M Competition and X4 M Competition raises the output figure by 22 kW/30 hp to 375 kW/510 hp. The engine is paired to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and uses the new M xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
In addition, the M xDrive system has a rear-wheel bias and offers X3 M and X4 M owners two AWD driving modes. The centrally controlled interaction between M xDrive and the Active M Differential at the rear axle allows the all-wheel-drive system to split the engine’s power between the four wheels as required to deliver optimal traction, agility and directional stability. The BMW X3 M and BMW X4 M both sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.2 seconds, while their Competition variants hit 100 km/h (62 mph) from rest in just 4.1 seconds.
The combination of dynamism and precision for which BMW M cars are renowned is underpinned by model-specific body strengthening elements and sophisticated chassis technology tuned astutely to marshal the engine’s power. With three settings selectable at the touch of a button, the M-specific suspension’s electronically controlled dampers enable both excellent everyday comfort and extremely direct contact with the road, with low wheel and body movements.
BMW M Suspension
The bespoke kinematics and elastokinematics of the M-specific suspension, with its double-joint spring strut front axle and five-link rear axle, deliver precise wheel location and directional stability. Composed to also deliver precisely controllable on-limit handling, the chassis technology package rounds off with M-specific steering (including M Servotronic and variable ratio) and powerful M compound brakes. Among the other items on the standard specification list are 20-inch M light-alloy wheels.
The DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system allows controlled wheel slip in M Dynamic Mode and, needless to say, can also be switched off. Plus, the content shown in the optional Head-Up Display can be specified via the iDrive menu. The driver can store two overall set-up options in the iDrive menu and select them as and when required using the two M buttons on the steering wheel.
BMW X3 M, X4 M and M Competition Exterior and Interior highlights
Exterior-wise, the M Competition variants differentiate with the M conterparts with high-gloss Black for the kidney grille surround, mirror caps, M gills, a refined rear spoiler and M Sport exhaust, along with 21-inch M light-alloy wheels. All M models get standard LED headlights. For M Carbon exterior package, BMW has made this option available from August 2019.
The M models’ interior offers electrically adjustable sports seats, Vernasca leather upholstery, M-specific cockpit, M leather steering, M gearshift selector lever, door sill plates and a model nameplate on the center console. Options for the Competition models include special bi-color leather upholstery variants with Alcantara applications. Other standard interior offerings comprise hi-fi speaker system and ConnectedDrive navigation package. Various individualization and option items will be available from the third quarter onwards.