We simply got here again from Portugal the place we had the possibility to drive the all-new BMW X3, in two configurations – X3 xDrive30d and X3 M40i. Our driving impressions might be obtainable on October 16, however the photograph gallery is out there right now.
The M40i is the highest mannequin of the X3 vary, no less than till the X3 M arrives in 2019. Underneath its hood lies a variant of BMW’s B58 three.Zero liter turbocharged I6 engine, much like what’s within the BMW M240i. Nevertheless, the place the M240i has 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, the X3 M40i will get 355 hp and the identical quantity of torque. It’s paired with BMW’s ZF-sourced, sport-tuned eight-speed computerized transmission and a extra efficiency oriented xDrive system. In response to BMW, it may possibly get from Zero-60 mph in four.6 seconds, making it the quickest automobile in its class.
Stiffer suspension and extra sport tuned damping, together with greater M Sport brakes, ought to make the X3 M40i deal with and cease in addition to it goes. Due to its CLAR platform, the G01 X3 can be lighter than its predecessor – by about 100 lbs – regardless of a barely longer wheelbase – 2.2 inches.
The aerodynamics have additionally been improved, because of a sportier front-end and sleeker roofline – Zero.33 drag coefficient in comparison with the Zero.36 within the present mannequin.
The second X3 mannequin supplied within the US – the X3 M40i – begins at $55,295, however a totally loaded mannequin will set you again practically $70,000. Fascinating sufficient, the leather-based is an optionally available merchandise – $1,700. But, issues ought to actually get thrilling with the BMW X3 M40i.