The BMW X3 M and X4 M arrive as BMW finally deliver proper M Versions of the X3, including Performance models with up to 503bhp.
BMW has been teasing the arrival of the new X3 M and X4 M for a while, ahead of a an expected debut at the Geneva Motor Show, but now they’re out in the open as BMW reveals the first ever X3 M and X4 M.
If you think BMW’s M cars should be restricted to saloons, look away now. But for the rest – and the third of BMW buyers who opt for an SUV (or SAV in BMW-speak) – the arrival of the X3 M and X4 M means BMW finally has offerings to match cars like the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63.
Under the bonnet of the X3 M and X4 M sits a new 3.0 litre twin-turbo straight-six petrol engine good for 473bhp, and 503bhp if you want a Competition version. And it looks like the UK is only getting the more powerful Performance versions.
Power goes to all four wheels through an eight-speed M Steptronic ‘box and xDrive with torque and power balance aimed at the back end, delivering 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds.
Under the skin sit new front and rear subframes, extra bracing, electronic adaptive dampers and steering borrowed from the M5.
Looks are what you’d expect from an M SUV, with big air holes in the front bumper, side skirts, diffuser, roof spoiler and 21″ alloys.
The BMW X3 M costs from £77,070, and the BMW X4 M from £79,990. But if you were planning to catch them in the flesh at the Geneva Motor Show, as we expected, you’ll be disappointed. They won’t be there, so a Shanghai debut in April now seems likely.