Fresh off the international media launch of the BMW X3 M and X4 M in the U.S., the first video reviews of the high-performance SUVs are starting to pour in – and the first comes courtesy of Carwow.
Both the X3 M and X4 M are powered by a BMW twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six with 473 hp and 442 lb-ft (598 Nm) of torque. Those after more power can opt for the X3 M Competition and X4 M Competition, which have 503 hp (torque stays the same). These range-topping models can accelerate to 96 km/h (60 mph) in as little as 4.0-seconds flat and max out at 177 mph (284 km/h) with the optional M Driver’s Package.
What is particularly noteworthy about the new powertrain in this quartet of high-performance SUVs is that it will also be used in the latest-generation M3 and M4, probably with identical (or at least very similar) figures.
The reviewer had the opportunity to sample the car both on the road and on a racetrack. We doubt many owners will ever take their X3 M or X4 M models onto a circuit, but it is a good (and safe) place to see how any car performs when pushed at its limits. The new Bimmers handle quite well, but there’s no mistaking them for an M3 or M4; they still feels very much like an SUV and the high center of gravity is just an inherent aspect of vehicles like these.
All in all, BMW seems to have a winner (or four…) in its hands. Which, given its past records on M-branded crossovers, is not that surprising, really…