Review BMW X3M
How many things can you slap an expensive, stored, respected badge before it starts to feel cheap, popular and redundant?
Well, you can get Ferrari socks, shoes, and earplugs, but you can buy a Fendi or intimate Calvin Klein cushion.
However, people at BMW M love the M division, seemingly increasingly slapping their badges, an M supposedly short for Motors Motorsport, on all types.
And why do they want it, when Australians arrest them. One of the five BMWs we buy has the M badge, the third highest performance ratio for the Munich-based company in the world.
Well, they might think that it lowers the brand value to create M versions of arenas that focus specifically on sports, like the X3 and X4 SAV (Sport Activity Models).
But then, they had no doubt that if what they could turn these inner city drive wheels into something great, and true to the badge heritage, they would spread the love and meet the needs of consumers.
So, does the X3 M competition overlap? In short, does it deserve a badge that indicates trackability and competitive spirit, even though they can race like them to solve the Birdsville Track? And is it worth investing nearly $ 160,000?
We went to the spectacular Wilpena Pound in outback South Australia to find out.
Does it represent good value for the price? What features does it come with? 6/10
It’s a tough thing to judge a car’s weird beard in terms of value, because normally when you’re asked to spend $ 157,900 on a BMW you can buy a car. sporty, wrapped in sexy.
In the case of the X3 M Contest, you can get a midsize SUV that isn’t exactly the same but like game players, and looks like a midsize SUV. And that’s a lot of money for one of them.
What you are getting for money is an engine that blows away even the hot Beemers like the current M2, so worth a bit.
The car only comes with the standard Competitive Package in Australia (obviously the first choice elsewhere), due to the popularity of that sort of thing in our market, obviously.
That gives you a great engine plus the standard M Sport exhaust, which is connected to four black exhaust pipes, an eight-speed auto sport, xDrive with 4WD and 4WD Sport and Active M Difference modes.
You will also score professional Satellite Navigation, Comfort Access, panoramic sunroof, M Head Up Display, Driving Assistant Plus with semi-automatic functions including Active Cruise Control and Assistant Parking Plus, along with Hill Descent Control.
And don’t forget the 21-inch light alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, ambient interior lights with six color options and an alarm system, the M Sport seats are very sexy (the M logo on the headrest even glows. at night when you open the door) with Extended Leather Merino trim, a 16-speaker Harman / kardon stereo system, tire pressure monitoring, lane keeping assistant, wireless charging, private roof rails, sun visor Rear roller and BMW Connected Drive.
Are there any options you might even want on top? Have you ever seen a BMW offered without them?
Curiously and nicely, BMW requires you to pay for Apple CarPlay, which everyone will, at $ 623, and you can have your seat ($ 700) or steering wheel ($ 500). for the winter mornings. Active seat ventilation is over $ 1600, and metallic paint will give you $ 2,000 or $ 2350 for individual Metals (you can get the Alps white, non-metallic, free).
Is there anything interesting about its design? 6/10
When it comes to car design, is there a description that is less sexy than functional? If it’s the best you can think of to describe the look of your new sexy M-badged beast, maybe you should try harder?
To be fair, BMW describes the X3 M Contest as bold and functional, but it tells you all you need to know.
The X3 is basically not interesting to look at, it has more functions and this version is described as a special M by covering as many things as possible with the high gloss black bits of French, because So black mirror, black carry, black chrome tail pipe, you get the picture.
BMW may also have used tough tough words to describe this X3, but honestly they might have a function, because it really doesn’t.
The interior feels like a proper M car, though, with its large, red M buttons, programmable on the particularly eye-catching chunky steering wheel. The M Sport seats also look and feel great, and the Merino Leather is lovely.
How realistic is the inner space? 8/10
For a medium-sized vehicle, the X3 is not badly arranged for interior space. The back seat, in particular, impresses surprisingly when adults can actually sit comfortably there, making it a genuine four-seater.
I am 176cm tall, and I can comfortably sit behind my sitting position without the knees touching the front seats, and the headroom is also great, front and rear.
Those sporty front seats make things feel a little squeezed in the front, and the width of the headrests are visible to the rear, but they’re great for sitting in there you can. endure that.
The back seat divides 40:20:40, giving you access to the boot, i.e. 550 liters in the X3 M with the seat up, because you chose the more practical option (X4 drops 25 liters).
Drop the backseat and you’ve got a 1600 liter load space that is very helpful when you drive in two directions.
There’s plenty of space for your phone, on its wireless charging dock, and you also get two cups for the front seats, with two more in the rear armrest.
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 9/10
No matter what you think of the X3 M Contest – its appearance, its very existence – there, there’s no denying that its motive is something very exciting.
The 3.0-liter BMW 6-liter with M TwinPower Turbo technology is 90% new, according to BMW, and will soon see action in the new BMW M3 and M4, and it is a sniff. Everyone at M threw everything at it, used 3D printing to make cylinder heads, forged crankshafts, and two new, single-turbocharger turbines that were clearly different from the twin-scroll versions in M5 and fuel lift. Direct injection pressure from 200 bar to 350 bar. Obviously they are even better. It also receives an electrically controlled waste for maximum efficiency.
The goal is an impressive 500 horsepower, which is equivalent to 375kW in our jargon and they achieved it. They also created miracles by combining both BMW’s traditional free torque and savage turbo torque. With all the maximum 600Nm available from 2600rpm to 5950rpm, it has the highest torque bandwidth of any BMW engine.
Six screams can last up to 7200 rpm, at that time, Wagnerian’s sound was really great and the peak of 375kW reached a dizzying rate of 6250 rpm.
This is truly an engine that wants you to overcome it, and when you choose its strongest modes, and turning the adjustable M exhaust into the noisiest setting, it is an exciting experience.
It’s also a weird thing, because there’s something that doesn’t fit an engine like this in a car like this – it’s like discovering that your mom secretly fought the cage. – but, purely motivated, it is a cracker.
The ZF eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission is also smooth and seamless, as you would expect.