BMW’s M division has revealed the new X3 M and X4 M medium SUVs with tuned-up Competition variants ahead of a public debut in Geneva.
Both the X3 M and X4 M are powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbo straight-six petrol engine producing 353kW and 600Nm. Competition variants get a 22kW power bump for a total of 375kW.
BMW M is claiming the engine is new and features a forged crankshaft, two mono-scroll turbochargers and a cylinder head core manufactured using 3D printing technology.
An eight-speed automatic sends power to all four wheels. The system doesn’t utilise a conventional 50/50 split, it uses the rear-biased M xDrive setup from the M5.
There’s also an active M differential and a 4WD Sport driving model for those wanting to take things to the max.
Adaptive M suspension, M-specific steering, M compound brakes and 20-inch M light-alloy wheels are all fitted.
Performance wise, the standard cars can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds, while the Competition variants hit 100 km/h from rest in 4.1 seconds.
The exterior of both new M models feature signature M gills integrated into the air breathers, M exterior mirrors, extended side skirts and a model-specific rear diffuser flanked by a pair of exhaust pipes.
Competition models are distinguished by a high-gloss black finish on the kidney grille surround, exterior mirror caps, M gills and the rear spoiler. Also standard are larger 21-inch alloy wheels in polished black and an M Sport exhaust system.
The interior gets M Sport seats trimmed in leather, M leather steering wheel and M gearshift selector.
Extended Merino leather upholstery, model-specific door sill plates and a model nameplate on the centre console are added to the Competition variants.
BMW is yet to confirm an Australian launch date, however, it’s likely to be towards the end of this year. It’s also likely, based on BMW’s form, only Competition variants will be available Down Under. Expect full specifications and pricing to be announced closer to the local launch.
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