BMW F97 X3M spotted in South Carolina!

BMW X3 M | March 4th, 2018 by 9
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The upcoming BMW F97 X3M was spotted in South Carolina featuring the Donington Grey color. This will be the first time a BMW X3 M …

The upcoming BMW F97 X3M was spotted in South Carolina featuring the Donington Grey color. 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.

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The prototype carries the typical M design cues, from the wider hips and fenders to the lower center of gravity and the twin dual exhaust tips in the back. The front-end is dominated by the large air intakes, typical of M cars, along with a new design of the front bumper to inspire more confidence and sportiness on the road.

A character line runs from the front wheel arch on both door handles to the rear lights, which – are finally running used full LED technology.

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Under the hood, the new X3M will employ a revised S55 3.0 liter six-cylinder unit from the M3/M4, codename S58 with upgraded hardware and a power output at around 470-475 horsepower. The new powerplant will make its debut in the X3M and X4M, followed a couple of years later by the next generation M3/M4.

BMW is expected to debut the X3M in 2019.

[Photos: Palbay]

9 responses to “BMW F97 X3M spotted in South Carolina!”

  1. Jay says:

    Bmw already has a SQ5 competitor – that’s the x3 m40i. A x3 M or glc63 rival would be like a RSQ5

  2. bmw driver says:

    Deposit ready to go once it’s confirmed by my local dealer. Please please please let it be powered by something that sounds more like the B58 and nothing the farty mess S55… should be a Macan Turbo beater, with more space and practicality.

  3. Marcel Lukačić-Marca says:

    It’s pretty cool, but pointless. Aren’t SUVs made for off-road? So why BMW, are you making something that sort of can go off-road, and it can’t anymore? I bet it won’t sell nearly as good as M3, and let’s be honest, M3 makes sense and it’s much, much better. BMW really is out of ideas, same story with every car maker. I miss good old days.

    • dslindc says:

      The vast majority of SUVs aren’t driven off road. They’re making it because people will buy it.

      • disqus_8YchtRit8p says:

        And thus BMW are America’s largest exporter of vehicles. Good old days were station wagons, BMW were among the 1st to realize the market was moving to tall crossovers, thus X5, X3. These are NOT SUVs (which generally start as trucks with body-on-frame construction), they are unibody Sports ACTIVITY Vehicles. CUVs are the fastest growing segment, thus X2, X7, sedans are fading, M3 unrelated. Don’t EPA list them officially as “light trucks”? Good old days he misses is evidently 1959, when BMW were going under.

  4. Thaal Rasha says:

    SUV M cars… wtf is wrong with this world… You track these ? or is it just to go faster off the red lights ? what a non sense

    • disqus_8YchtRit8p says:

      I have known M5 drivers who trade for X5 M to get their kids to hockey practice. Car and Driver said you can use it to tow your race car to track, then when you get there you can race your tow vehicle.

  5. Distiller says:

    Too many M! I want a civil looking vehicle with the high-performance ingredients, not a shouty version and a shouty-shouty version. Where are the comfy luxury high-performance cars without the over-the-top spoilering etc??

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