“The X3 M will be, within the high-performance segment, probably the highest selling,” Flasch said.
As the Australian publication points out, the M2 Competition currently plays that role for the brand.
As a reminder, the new X3 M (alongside its X4 M sibling) is powered by a twin-turbo 3,0-litre straight-six offering 353 kW and 600 N.m in “standard” guise. The flagship Competition version, meanwhile, boasts 375 kW (with peak torque unchanged).
That’s enough, says the German firm, for a sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in 4,2 seconds for the X3 M and one-tenth quicker for the Competition variant.
Top speed is limited to 250 km/h, although specifying the optional M Driver's Package raises that figure to 280 km/h in the case of the standard models and 285 km/h for the Competition derivatives.
Last we heard from BMW, the hotter X3 M Competition and X4 M Competition variants were scheduled to launch in South Africa in the third quarter of 2019, with the X3 M and X4 M likely to become available locally “at a later stage”.
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