Take a look at BMW's new sporty X3 SUV being put through its paces at the Nurburgring.
BMW is slapping its ‘M’ performance badge on everything these days. One vehicle we didn’t expect to get the range-topping M treatment, however, was the next generation X3 due to launch next year. We’ve already seen it posing for spy shots earlier this year, but now we get to see it in action in a video posted by Motorionline appearing to show a camouflaged X3 M being put through its paces at the Nurburgring. It certainly sounds like an M-class machine - the raspy growl from the engine is a bit of a giveaway.
The video confirms what we saw from the spy shots: the X3 M will have a noticeably more aggressive appearance, with an imposing new grille and a beefy bumper with appropriately large air intakes at the front, along with a redesigned rear bumper to make way for its hefty quad exhaust.
The handling looks promising, too. Watching massive SUVs lumbering around the Ring is normally an ungainly sight, but the X3 M appears to be coping with corners rather well with hardly any body-roll. If this is indeed a confirmed sighting of the new souped-up X3 SUV, we’re expecting its power output to closely match the M3 and M4. This would mean you would get a twin-turbocharged engine generating between 400 and 500 horsepower, which is considerably less than the 750-hp you get in the brutal BMW X5 M - but the X3 M is of course smaller and therefore lighter, which should make up for this setback.