2020 BMW X3 M and X4 M show they really are SPORTS Activity Vehicles
Now available in Competition guise, with 503 hp
BMW revealed its range toppers for the X3 and X4. And they now come in Competition guise as well.
X3 M and X4 M use the 3.0-liter inline-six worthy of 473 hp (480 PS) and 442 lb-ft (600 Nm) which make the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint happen in no less than 4.2 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited at 155 mph (250 km/h) but it can go up to 174 mph (280 km/h) with the M Driver’s Package.
If that’s not enough, you can now opt for the Competition Package. That ups the power figure to 503 hp (510 PS) and shaves off 0.1 seconds from the 0-62 mph time to 4.1 seconds. By default, the top speed is still limited to 155 mph but the M Driver’s Package will allow you to reach 177 mph (305 km/h).
The engine’s resources are sent to the wheels through the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission and the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which bears the same features as in the actual M5. By playing with the M Dynamic modes you can choose how you want your SUV: laid-back, comfortable, or track-tackling sharp.
The chassis is, of course, stiffer, with the suspension components getting anti-roll bars and robust bushings and bearings. The X3 M and X4 M feature electronically controlled dampers which you adjust by selecting the desired driving mode: Comfort, Sport, and Sport+. The stopping power is also impressive: 15.6-inch (395 mm) discs for the front wheels and 14.6-inch (370 mm) ones for the rear axle.
As for the looks, both X3 M and X4 M feature redesigned front and rear fascias, 20-inch wheels (21 for the Competition pack), black trim on the outside, roof spoilers, and two new colors (for a total of seven) to choose from: Toronto Red and Donington Grey. Later on, a Carbon Package will be available.
Inside, you get Vernasca leather on the electronically controlled sports seats, M logos here and there, an M-specific steering wheel, aluminum and black trims for the dashboard and door sills, and an M-specific instrument cluster. The Competition Package comes with M Sport seats (otherwise optional) with Merino leather upholstery.
The BMW X3 M and X4 M already find themselves in a tough company: the 503-hp Alfa Romeo Stelvio QV already proved itself on the Nürburgring, a thunder that the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S stole afterward.