Our review of the new 2020 BMW X3 and X4 M went live last night, so in case you’ve missed it, you can pick it up here. Today, our coverage continues with a series of videos which showcase the exterior and interior design of the new M SUVs, along with some driving footage which gives us a closer look at the engine sound and the cars’ handling on the track. Developed to compete head-on with Mercedes-AMG’s GLC 63 S and Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio Quadrifoglio, the latest M models are powered by an all-new 3.0-liter twin turbo straight-six. The new engine produces an impressive 506 hp, while peak torque is rated at 442 lb-ft. The non-Competition models get a lower powered setup with 476 horsepower.
The two super fast SUVs are immediately identified by the large air intakes, a unique black grille for the Competition models, gills in the front fenders and four quad exhaust tips. As with all M cars, there are some wider wheel arches than the standard models, while the M side mirrors emphasize the sportiness of the two cars. On both SUVs you’re getting a unique spoiler, positioned on the roof for the X3 M and on the trunk for the X4 M.
An M Carbon exterior package will be available as an option. Inside leather and Alcantara covers most surfaces, with the Competition models available in unique bi-color leather options. The M Competition models are also equipped with bucket-style M Sport seats.
The power is sent to all four corners via BMW’s M xDrive all-wheel drive system. The system is inherited from the drivetrain of the M5, but the X3 M and X4 M don’t benefit from the ability to switch to rear-wheel drive mode only. There is an active M Differential installed in the rear axle which gives the SUVs a rear-wheel drive feel. An eight-speed M Steptronic automatic gearbox is the only transmission offered.
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