Expected in early 2019 on the French market, the BMW X3 M (right) and X4 M (to the left) do not appear to be the time in camouflage.
Formerly reserved, in the SUV, augustus X5 and X6, the claw Motorsport arrives on the recent X3 and X4. It is good news that accompanies a second : their turbocharged engine will have six cylinders, not four as the upcoming X2 M35i.
Useless to shout blasphemy : since 2009 and the first X5 M and X6 M, the claw sport BMW could already associate with an SUV. She goes down to the lower floor X3/X4 is neither shocking nor illogical, since even the iconic sedan M5 (launched in 1984 !) has swapped its faithful transmission to the rear wheels for a full three modes.
Launched in November 2017, the third-generation BMW X3 is receiving for the first time a real declension M, therefore more powerful than the M40i.
The transmission xDrive all-new X3 M and X4 M is also inspired by the sedan (cited above,active M differential at the rear, and multi-plate clutch to send torque to the front axle), even if it is unlikely that the SUV’s have as many driving modes : as a reminder, the M5 is changing in position 4WD simple, 4WD Sport or 2WD once the stability control switched off (re-read our test M5 at Nürbrugring).
The brief press release, BMW book a second important information concerns the number of cylinders of the new turbo-engine : six in total, as the M3 and M4 flare at 431 hp (or even 450 hp version Pack Competition: read our test). The power of the X3 M and X4 M should therefore exceed these values in order to differentiate between the “real” M versions of the X3 and X4 M40i strong of 354 hp.
Power still unknown to the X4 M with six-cylinder engine and turbocharged. The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S and Jaguar F-Pace, SVR employ a V8.
Remains to know if the X3 M and X4 M dare to exceed 500 hp, bar-crossed by their direct rivals : 510 hp for the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Mercedes-AMG GLC/GLC Coupe 63 S, or even 550 hp for the new Jaguar F-Pace, SVR.
The president of the entity BMW M warns, however : “the BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M will establish references in terms of dynamics in their segment of the vehicle respective “. We burn the check…