BMW has taken their humdrum Sports Activity Vehicles to their ‘M’ Sport division to create this, the updated X3 M Competition and the X4 M Competition. While BMW had created these M versions of their regular mid-size SUVs two years ago, the automaker has made a few changes for the latest generation.
Under the hood of both of the M Performance SUVs is the in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine, which produces 503 bhp and 650Nm of torque which BMW claims is 50Nm more than the previous generation. BMW also claims that this is the most potent in-line 6-cylinder engine they have produced to date. Furthermore, they state that the X3 M Competition and the X4 M Competition can cover the 0 to 100 km/h stint in just 3.8 seconds. Also, the top speed of both SUVs is electronically limited to 250km/h. Still, with the optional M Driver’s Package, the speed limiter can be raised to 285km/h.
XDrive and Transmission
The in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine is mated to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with the new M gear selector in the centre console, shift paddles on the steering wheel are also available for drivers to take control of the shifts manually. The all-wheel-drive XDrive system too can adapt and send power to whichever wheel needs traction and split the power between the front and rear wheels when required. Drivers also have the option to send power to just the rear wheels, just like in the M3 and the M5.
‘M’ Performance bits
These being the sportier versions from the ‘M’ stables, they certainly have some unique bits such as a revised front bumper, a front spoiler lip, vertical air vents on the lower half of the front bumper, the distinctive ‘M’ side grille on the front quarter panels and the rear spoiler that is available only on the X4 M Competition. At the rear, the lower section of the back bumper is finished in gloss black flanked on the right and left by the tailpipe pairs of the M sports exhaust system. Finally, move towards the side profile, and you are bound to spot the new M forged 21-inch wheels, which are finished in Jet Black burnished.
The X3 M Competition and the X4 M Competition interiors feature the M sports seats with electrically adjustable headrests and illuminated M logo as standard. In addition to the extended Merino leather upholstery in four colour combinations, the BMW Individual extended Merino leather upholstery in Tartufo is also available as an option. The air vents have new galvanised trim, the interior trims are now finished in dark Rhombicle aluminium as standard, and the new open-pore ash variant is available as an option. The M leather steering wheel with multifunction features contrast stitching in the BMW M colours.
BMW did launch the previous generation of the X3 M Competition in India, so it is only a matter of time before BMW might bring the new generation of the X3 M Competition to India, the same cannot be said about the X4 M Competition tho. But in terms of competition, the X3 M does face some serious competition from the Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 and the Porsche Macan S.