We just came back from Portugal where we had the chance to drive the all-new BMW X3, in two configurations – X3 xDrive30d and X3 M40i. Our driving impressions will be available on October 16, but the photo gallery is available today.
The M40i is the top model of the X3 range, at least until the X3 M arrives in 2019. Under its hood lies a variant of BMW’s B58 3.0 liter turbocharged I6 engine, similar to what’s in the BMW M240i. However, where the M240i has 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, the X3 M40i gets 355 hp and the same amount of torque. It’s paired with BMW’s ZF-sourced, sport-tuned eight-speed automatic transmission and a more performance oriented xDrive system. According to BMW, it can get from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds, making it the fastest car in its class.
Stiffer suspension and more sport tuned damping, along with bigger M Sport brakes, should make the X3 M40i handle and stop as well as it goes. Thanks to its CLAR platform, the G01 X3 is also lighter than its predecessor – by about 100 lbs – despite a slightly longer wheelbase – 2.2 inches.
The aerodynamics have also been improved, thanks to a sportier front-end and sleeker roofline – 0.33 drag coefficient compared to the 0.36 in the current model.
The second X3 model offered in the US – the X3 M40i – starts at $55,295, but a fully loaded model will set you back nearly $70,000. Interesting enough, the leather is an optional item – $1,700. Yet, things should really get exciting with the BMW X3 M40i.