BMW’s first M-tuned X3, the BMW X3 M40i will be arriving down under with a 3.0 litre turbo six and a price tag of under $100k
BMW has its sights locked onto the Mercedes-AMG GLC43, and as such it has announced the arrival of its first M Division fettled X3, the BMW X3 M40i.
The X3 M40i is powered by a 3.0 litre turbo inline petrol six that develops 265kW between 5,500-6,500rpm and 500Nm of torque between 1,520-4,800 rpm. The 0-100km/h dash is completed in a mere 4.8 seconds, and BMW claims the X3 M40i is relatively frugal – for what it is anyway – consuming 8.9 litres per 100km on a combined cycle.
To ensure that the X3 M40i gives occupants the true hot SUV experience, BMW has fitted it with goodies like launch control, a sports exhaust and an eight-speed automatic that sends all that grunt to the M fettled all-wheel drive system, which is capable of sending power to the wheels that need it most.
There’s also an M Sport differential, adaptive dampers and flappy paddles to help ensure that the X3 M40i delivers a thoroughly engaging driving experience. A sports exhaust gives the X3 M40i a raunchy noise.
A bespoke body kit distinguishes the X3 M40i from tamer models in the X3 range, and swiveling LED headlights aid visibility at night. Jump inside, you’ll be greeted by various “M” embellishments, along with A BMW Individual Anthracite headliner, Leather Vernasca trim and ambient lighting.
A 16 speaker Harmon/Kardon sound system is fitted as standard, as is BMW’s latest version of iDrive, iDrive6, adaptive cruise, lane keep assist and a 360 degree parking system.
The new BMW X3 M40i will go on sale from July 2018, with a starting price of $99,900.
A price list for the BMW X3 range is provided below:
X3 sDrive20i $66,900
X3 xDrive20d $69,900
X3 xDrive30i $76,900
X3 xDrive30d $84,900
X3 M40i $99,900