Premiere: 2011 BMW X3 M-Sport Package

BMW X3 | July 15th, 2010 by 20
BMW X3 F25 M Sportpaket 01

Shortly after the unveiling of the new 2011 BMW X3, the Munich-based automaker releases the first images of the upcoming M-Sport package for the second …

Shortly after the unveiling of the new 2011 BMW X3, the Munich-based automaker releases the first images of the upcoming M-Sport package for the second generation X3.

Somewhat unusual to be announced a year in advance, the M-Sport Package for the 2011 BMW X3 brings the usual exterior enhancements that increase the aggressiveness of the new premium compact SAV.

Here is the full description of the package, as outlined by BMW:

BMW X3 F25 M Sportpaket 01

Dynamic and compelling, the M Sports package drives the sporty nature of the BMW X3 to even greater heights. The rich Carbon Black metallic paint finish and powerful 19-inch M light-weight alloy wheel rims set the tone, while the sports suspension tuning delivers the experience.

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More Driving tools: the M multifunction leather steering wheel and variable sports steering. The M gear selection lever boasts particularly short throws. In the BMW xDrive35i with standard eight-speed automatic transmission Steptronic, the M leather steering wheel also features gearshift paddles. The sporty suspension settings give you stiffer dampers and deliver precise feedback.


Ergonomically shaped sports seats provide side support against strong lateral forces, such as when cornering at speed. The Pearlpoint cloth-leather upholstery offers a beautifully tactile surface; matching the BMW Individual roof liner, it comes in sleek Anthracite.

With the M Sports package, the side skirts, wheel arches and front and rear aprons are in body colour – for example, the Carbon Black metallic paint finish that is exclusive to the M Sports package. Window surrounds and roof rails are in the high-gloss BMW Individual Shadow Line.

Available from the second quarter of 2011 (subject to change).

[Source: BMW via BimmerToday ]

20 responses to “Premiere: 2011 BMW X3 M-Sport Package”

  1. X5SoB says:

    This looks somewhat better, but the design is still mediocre. BMWs shouldn’t inspire initial distaste and then “grow on you”, but that seems to be the design direction of late, excepting the Z4, of course.

    • Jag says:

      this time it grows fast :))

      • FreudeKing says:

        The sports package is much better than the standard car’s exterior design.

        I somehow wonder why they launched the two together??? Did they know that we would not like the standard one already so they have something to back up to prevent people from thinking badly of the new X3 right from the start???

        I must say the X3 with this sports package must be the car to have if you want a good looking X3.

  2. Lariv says:

    It’s slightly better, big improvement over the old one, like the standard car but again that’s not saying much, again. The Volvo XC60 R-Design looks so much better than this and the Mercedes-Benz GLK with the AMG body kit also looks sportier. On the plus side that ghastly plastic strip is gone. Hopefully the facelift will make the X3 look a lot better.

    • FreudeKing says:

      You are already pinning your hopes on the facelift in three years time! lol. BMW, BMW. Why didn’t you make a remarkable car that could have “wowed” us???

      From 0 (poor) ~ 10 (excellent), what do you rate this car in terms of design wow???

      I will give this sports package a 5.

    • Jag says:

      Actually I can’t see the difference between two Volvos with and without R-Design

  3. M5POWER says:

    The M-Sport version is miles better than the standard one. Though I still think the base design isn’t good enough in my eyes…

  4. Sajan says:

    I look at my 2001 e46 and still think wow at how fresh the design is, I look at this after less than a day of it being released and think It seems like it’s been out for 5 years… it still looks nice and classy but it’s just a safe design, nothing more, nothing less.

  5. Tom says:

    those rims! my lord.

  6. Bryce says:

    This sure looks a lot better than the standard model. I think BMW knew the standard model wouldn’t be well received. The headlights and front of it make it look more like an X5 LCI than a new X3.

    • FreudeKing says:

      I think that’s the reason they launched it together. They are pretty messed up to know that their car will not be well received. SO WHY THE HELL DID THEY CONTINUE WITH THE DESIGN AFTER THE CLAY MODEL? WAS IT TOO DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO STOP WHAT THEY CHOSE AS THE WINNER OF THE DESIGN COMPETITION?

  7. jim says:

    E46 is old and dateed…keep telling yourself it’s timeless… whatever works. It’s an old model that Joe public doesn’t care about.

    Meh…. I don’t care for the X3, anything less than an X5 is not in the cards for me

  8. Sajan says:

    The e46 WAS the best selling car in it’s class… you keep telling yourself that the public doesn’t care about it

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