The upcoming BMW X3 M goes to the Nurburgring to continue its testing trials ahead of the debut in 2018. This will be the first time a BMW X3 M will be offered and fans of the brand and this particular model will surely be excited to see it finally materialize after years of waiting. The X3 M will actually be late to the game as its rivals from Audi and Mercedes-Benz already have performance versions out, in the shape of the Audi SQ5 and GLC63 AMG.

The BMW X3 M will use the same S55 3-liter twin-turbo engine of the M3 and M4 models, possibly tuned to make 450 HP. This will put the M model at a disadvantage compared to its AMG rival which uses a 4-liter twin-turbo engine making either 469 HP or 503.

The advantage of the X3 M over its rivals lies in the lightweight constructions methods. The X3 M will be light on its feet for a car its size and it will most likely perform better both on and off the track due to this advantage. As you can also see in the video below, the X3 M doesn’t seem to lean too much into corners which hopefully means that it will be a true driver’s car once it comes out. It also sounds pretty good.

The F97 X3 M will be followed by the F98 X4 M which comes to market in 2019.