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.
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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.