Those of our readers looking to buy a brand new BMW X3 and finding themselves living in the land Down Under might be interested to know just how expensive the M Performance version will be once it goes on sale in July. Well, as the title already gave it away, the price you’ll have to pay if you want to buy an M40i X3 is just under 100,000 Australian dollars. To be more precise, AUD99,900.
Mind you, that’s without the on-road costs that are also due when purchasing and therefore, you’ll most likely end up paying significantly more than AUD100,000, especially when you’re done with the configurator. Considering the X3 M40i starts at $54,400 in the US, the $78,000 (at current exchange rates) asked by BMW Australia for the new SUV is a considerable hike in cost. As standard you get the M Sport package, including of a roof-mounted wing, Cerium Grey body trim elements specific for M Performance models and black chrome tailpipes.
Other notable highlights of the standard kit you get include things like adaptive LED headlights, LED tail-lights, Shadow Line exterior highlights and 21-inch light allow wheels shod in 245/40 front and 275/35 rear run-flat tires. M Sport brakes with blue-painted calipers also come standard as well as ambient interior lighting, ‘Vernasca’ leather upholstery, heated front seats, an M leather steering wheel, the Harman/Kardon sound system, adaptive M suspension and a 12.3″ display on the dash.
Of course, driving aids like adaptive cruise control do also come included but they won’t be as fun to use as the full might of the 3-liter straight six engine under the hood. Chip in the 50:50 weight distribution and you might soon realize that you’re willing to pay the price to have yourself a good time every once in a while when leaving home behind the wheel of your own X3 M40i.