New BMW X3 and X4 M Competition are quicker than ever
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New BMW X3 and X4 M Competition are quicker than ever

They’re quicker and more ‘exhilarating’ than ever before - say hello to the new BMW X3 M Competition and the latest BMW X4 M Competition.

BMW X4 M and X3 M side by side

It’s a big week for the X3 and X4.

BMW previously announced a major upgrade for its popular SUVs, with both models now featuring sharper looks, bigger grilles, more torque and a mild-hybrid powertrain.

Now the German firm has confirmed details of the X3 and X4 in performance ‘M Competition’ guise - and the ante has been thoroughly upped.

In case you need reminding, the X3 is a traditionally styled SUV and is also the car that pretty much invented the ‘Sports Activity Vehicle’ market when it was first unleashed back in 2003.

BMW X3 M front view driving

The X4, on the other hand, has similar proportions but has a lower, more coupe-like silhouette that’ll appeal to those who don’t crave the extra height and commanding view of the road.

BMW X4 M side view driving

Both the X3 M Competition and X4 M Competition get the same engine - a powerful high-revving six-cylinder petrol mill with a peak power output of 510hp. Torque has been increased from 600Nm to 650Nm.

And both cars can also sprint from 0 to 62mph in 3.8 seconds – a 0.3-second improvement compared to past incarnations - largely thanks to a new forged lightweight crankshaft.

BMW says that this turn of pace ‘puts the X3 M Competition and the BMW X4 M Competition on a par with high-performance sports cars’.

The top speed is electronically limited at 155mph unless you choose the optional ‘Driver’s Package’ which increases that high water mark to 180mph.

BMW X4 M and X3 M Engine

You can expect fuel economy up to around 26 mpg on both models while CO2 emissions are between 238 and 251 g/km.

Power is transmitted to the wheels via an 8‑speed M ‘Steptronic’ transmission that enables manual shifting for maximum acceleration and engine drag torque for braking.

And because the xDrive all-wheel drive system has something of a rear-wheel bias, you get the ‘proven dynamic qualities of classic rear-wheel drive’, something that BMW fans in particular will crave.

While both the X3 M and X4 M would be very much at home on the racetrack, BMW says they’re also built for everyday usability and long distance comfort, thanks to adaptive M suspension with specific set-up and electronically controlled dampers.

Like the regular X3 and X4, there are some significant design changes to the exterior, including a larger kidney grille and a more striking front section.

BMW X4 M Front View

There’s also a fresh front apron and vertically arranged, elongated side air intakes, while the lower section of the rear apron is M specific and finished in high-gloss black.

The large diffuser is flanked on the right and left by the tailpipe pairs of the M sports exhaust system, which are finished in black chrome.

Inside the uprated cabin you now get BMW’s fully-connected ‘Live Cockpit Professional’ system with intelligent networking as well as a Harman Kardon surround sound system as standard.

BMW X4 M and X3 M interior

The BMW Operating System 7 now also includes Remote Software Upgrade, ensuring that your all-important tech is bang up to date.

The BMW X3 M Competition is priced from £85,100 while the BMW X4 M Competition starts at £86,860. UK customer deliveries are expected from September 2021.

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Friday, 17/05/2024