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2020 BMW X3 M Overview
The X3 M, a performance version of the midsize X3, debuts for 2020. The X3 M, which can seat five across two rows, distinguishes itself from the X3 with a blacked-out grille, larger air vents, more aggressive exterior trim, and exclusive exterior color choices. An available Carbon exterior package adds carbon fiber-clad intakes, mirror caps, and a rear diffuser.
The X3 M's engine creates 473 horsepower from its new S58 3.0-liter twin-turbo straight-six. An available Competition trim ups the ante with 503 hp, while torque remains the same at an ample 442 pound-feet. All X3 Ms have all-wheel drive (AWD) and feature an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters.
The 0-60 sprint takes a little over four seconds for a standard X3 M, while the Competition-equipped X3 M can do it in four seconds flat. Top speed is electronically limited to 155 miles per hour for the standard X3 M, while the X3 M Competition trim can reach 177 mph.
The X3 M features an electronically controlled limited-slip differential along with larger M compound brakes, special dampers, and staggered tires. Larger 21-inch wheels are also available and come standard on the Competition trim.
The interior layout of the X3 M has much in common with the X3's interior. It features ample leather trim, a leather M steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped M shifter. Power sports seats, keyless entry, navigation, a 10.2-inch infotainment touchscreen, a color head-up display (HUD), Apple CarPlay, and ambient lighting are all standard features. The Competition trim includes special door sill plates and carbon fiber trim for the door panels. As for practicality, the X3 M includes 28.7 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats, which expands to 62.7 cubic feet with the seats folded.
The X3 M is too new for crash testing, but the standard X3 earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The X3 M comes with standard safety features like frontal-collision warning and active-driving assist. Active cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-change warning are all available as options.
While the X3 M is an exciting new addition to the BMW lineup, it's not alone. High-performance versions of small luxury SUVs are an established piece of the market, with tempting options like the Porsche Macan Turbo and Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63.
Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.
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