The 2020 BMW X3 M has been caught testing on the Nürburgring yet again. The high-performance compact SUV will be heavily influenced by the regular new-gen X3 as usual, but the differences between the normal and vanilla models will be enormous, especially under the hood. Still, when I take a look to the list of the biggest rivals, I realize that the SUV has to have a mighty mill. The competitors like the Porsche Macan Turbo, GLC63 from Mercedes-AMG, and Jaguar F-Pace SVR will definitely be a big treat, but I think that the next-gen BMW X3 M has great chances to take the biggest piece of the market cake, and here is why:
The 2020 BMW X3 M will use automaker’s all-new S58 engine. This is essentially a 3.0-liter inline-six that’s backed up by a turbocharger. Unofficially, the unit will pump out around 450 horsepower. Not enough for you? Well, it’s not the problem at all thanks to BMW’s Competition Package. Yes, the Bavarian car manufacturer will offer a mightier option that’s going to squeeze an additional 25 horses from the engine. Both options will be paired with xDrive all-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission without any doubt.
The M-treated X3 will have some special features of course. The model will be fitted with an all-new suspension system, larger wheels and special tires of course. Plus, the wheels that appear to be 20-inch large and forged are also coupled with beefier brakes. These special tires are actually 265/40-size Pirelli P Zero, while the brakes get ventilated disks which are specially made for BMW’s M division cars. In addition, the high-performance crossover SUV has a lower ride height, dampers, and stiffer springs, as well as anti-roll bars.
The new exterior design uncovers several important differences in comparison with the regular X3. This 2020 X3 M definitely features larger air intakes in the front, while the rear end shows special exhaust tips. The cabin will also have some “M” moments, so to say, yet we still have no the exact details, so stay tuned for updates.