2020 BMW X3 M And X4 M Go Official, Rocket From 0-60 MPH In 4.1 Sec

Following a leak earlier today, BMW has pulled the wraps off the 2020 X3 M and X4 M.

Set to go into production this April, the high-performance models are powered by a new twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 473 hp (352 kW / 479 PS) and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and a rear-biased all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the X3 and X4 M to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 4.1 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of up to 174 mph (280 km/h).

Drivers looking for something more powerful can order the X3 and X4 M Competition. They have an upgraded engine that develops 503 hp (375 kW / 510 PS), but the torque remains unchanged at 442 lb-ft (598 Nm). Unsurprisingly, the models are slightly quicker as the dash from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) drops to four seconds, while the top speed climbs to 177 mph (284 km/h) with the optional M Driver’s Package.

Since all four models are full-bore M products, they come with an assortment of other performance upgrades. Starting with the suspension, engineers installed custom swivel bearings, torque arms and wishbones up front. Similar upgrades were made to the rear suspension as the crossovers have custom bushings, beefier anti-roll bars and an assortment of “model-specific components.”

Engineers also focused on strengthening the chassis. As part of this effort, the front end has M-specific bracing including a strut tower brace and a new A-strut by the firewall. The team also installed a large rear brace and model-specific rear axle control arms to further increase torsional stiffness.

The performance upgrades extend even further as all models have an Active M Differential, an Adaptive M Suspension and an M Servotronic steering system with a variable ratio. BMW also installed a high-performance braking system which features drilled and ventilated discs that measure 15.6-inches (395 mm) up front and 14.6-inches (370 mm) out back.

In order to distance the crossovers from the X3 and X4 M40i, the models have a black grille and a more aggressive front fascia with larger air intakes. Buyers will also find aerodynamic mirror caps, a unique rear diffuser and a four-tailpipe exhaust system. Other updates include M-specific spoilers, additional body color components and 20-inch wheels with a polished orbit grey finish.

The Competition variants are largely identical, but they have a few special touches of their own. Highlights include high-gloss black accents, 21-inch wheels and an M Sport exhaust system with black chrome tailpipes.

Later in the year, customers will be able to order an optional M Carbon exterior package which adds a number of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic components including a rear diffuser and mirror caps.

Inside, drivers will find Vernasca leather sport seats, aluminum carbon structure trim and a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. Other niceties include an M-specific instrument cluster, a unique shifter and center console-mounted knee pads.

The X3 M and X4 M Competition are similar, but they have special badging and standard M Sport seats in extended Merino leather.

In the United States, the models will come nicely equipped with adaptive LED headlights, GPS navigation and a Harman Kardon audio system. Buyers will also find an assortment of driver assistance systems including Active Guard, Active Protection, Active Driving Assistant and Frontal Collision Warning with City collision mitigation.

Customers will also be able to order a number of different options including carbon fiber trim, a head-up display and a wireless smartphone charger. There will also be a Driving Assistance Plus Package and an Executive Package which adds a heated steering wheel as well as heated front and rear seats.


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  • Bo Hanan

    I honestly don’t know what to think when the entry levels do 0-60 MPH in 4.1 seconds. My guess is the new M3/4 should be devastatingly quick with this engine.

    • SteersUright

      Is this not a variant of the current engine in the M3/M4? Must have missed that. Didn’t know this was the new M engine in these.

      • Bo Hanan

        Its the new m3/4 engine. BMW creates new engines with the same displacement all the time. Curious.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Bravo BMW.
    This is very nice. Attractive, distinctive, desirable.

  • Fictionals4

    Nice car but shame they don’t have wider bodies than the m40 series.

    • SteersUright


  • SteersUright

    The specs are awesome, but I really expected far more aggression in the looks, particularly some M-car wider fenders to be specific. As is, these unfortunately look too much like the standard versions with nothing more than a big brake kit.

  • botornot387

    I actually really love this, especially the X3M. Just wondering how conservative those figures are for performance. This arena is heating up. Can’t wait for the next Macan GTS and Turbo to come out for a test.

  • Tinky-Winky

    The X3M looks really nice. Not a fan of X4 in general.

    • D-splash

      Wide fenders exclusive to the M-cars is part of what made all the M’s look special. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this X3 M and X4 M marks the first time in a while that BMW left out the wide fenders on a M-car. Without them it looks nearly identical to an M40i.

  • Bash

    That moment when you realize that the X3 looks actually better than the X5.

  • ..I think overall Mercedes-AMG does the performance styling better, whereas BMW takes a slightly subtle approach, but best believe the driving dynamics are tops!

  • MultiKdizzle

    Just another BMW SUV to me. Overly busy fascia, slanted angel eyes, kidneys, hoffmeister kink, your choice of two or three-box roofline. CTRL+ COPY.

    Anyone else feel this way?

  • izzey04

    Very very nice indeed…

  • dumblikeyou2

    I like it. The X3 that is. I love the interior. It looks high quality but not overly stylized or overtly sporty like Mercedes tries too hard at doing. I also like its stealthy exterior that stays true BMW’s style. I do think Mercedes next gen style is an improvement over their current bubbly, bulbous too feminine looks, but still not to my liking. Business casual BMW for me.

  • Mikestroh

    This is were the markets going. No problem with it at all… You get power, performance and practicality. Some of my friends didn’t believe me when I told them years ago that this is where the performance market is going. Their all eating crow now doubting me in the first place. Performance Sedans in this segment is dead……Welcome the Cross Overs and SUV’s…….indeed.

  • Blade t

    The x3 m looks pretty good. .

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    I’d much rather have a GLC63.

    V8 power and sound, far nicer interior, and no gigantic and hideous kidney grill.

  • Michelin

    Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio, the top !!!!

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