BMW just introduced to the world the new performance crossovers, the X3 M and X4 M. These two definitely stand out compared to their regular X3 and X4 counterparts. The front and rear bumpers are designed to pull your eye down. The massive air intakes are actually functional. The non-functional outlets on the front fenders are sleek. The traditional M style is reflected in the mirrors, the pronounced rear spoilers, standard 20-inch wheels, and tires that are 255/45 up front and 265/45 in the rear. The 21-inch wheels are an optional upgrade.
Tell-tale signs of the high-performance engine are the front air intakes and four exhaust pipes. The new 3.0-liter twin turbocharged S58 engine is configured after the B58 modular straight-six. The new engine is fitted with a forged crankshaft and closed-deck crankcase, designed for an indestructible quality. The M division increased the bore and shortened the stroke on the new engine, creating a redline of 7,300 rpm. BMW is offering two different engines with launch of the X3 M and X4 M. The Standard model will have 473 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The Competition model will have 503 horsepower with same amount of torque, with a higher boost pressure.
The X3 M and X4 M are designed to be performance upgrades, but all models will be governed at 155 mph. There is the option to raise the governor to 174 miles per hour in the Standard model with a 0-60 run in 4.1 seconds, and 177 miles per hour in the Competition model with a 0-60 run in 4.0 seconds. The high-performance braking systems has four-piston calipers on the front wheels and single pistons on the rear to help with stopping. BMW stiffened the body and driving experience by adding an electronically controlled M adaptive suspension with stabilizer bars in both the front and rear, anti-roll bars, struts and braces. To give it defined agility, the automaker added rear-mounted active differentials and a specific electric power steering unit.
Interior features include M-specific options, carbon fiber decor, programmable buttons, specialized stitching and M badges. The X3 M has a clean sophisticated design, and the X4 M has more of the sporty appearance with a little more space. Launch to the United States will start in mid-summer. The X3M starts at $69,900 with the Standard engine, and adding $700 to upgrade to the Competition. The X4 M has a starting price of $73,400, and jumps to $80,400 with the upgraded engine. The new series will compete directly with the Porsche Macan Turbo, the Mercedes-AMG CLC 63 and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifolgio.
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