BMW will launch hot X3 M and X4 M models later this year as the range-topping variant of the latest X3 SUV to rival the Porsche Macan Turbo, confirmed with a high-revving twin-turbo six-cylinder petrol engine, newly developed for the next-generation of BMW M cars.
The models will also get BMW's M xDrive system also used in the M5, delivering an anticipated 425bhp to all four wheels. The active M differential is also fitted, and is used across multiple M-badged cars already.
The new X3 flagship model has been photograped testing at the Nürburgring numerous times, most recently with next to no camouflage, revealing the M division enhancements its body will recieve over the regular car. Both cars' first official outing in prototype form took place at the Nürburgring, where they were demonstrated during the DTM racing weekend at the circuit.
Bolder bumpers and more prominent exhausts are clear signals to the cars' performance. They'll also get larger diameter wheels, although early development cars had mismatched alloys. Like the regular cars, the X3 M will feature LED lighting as standard.