Motoring Reporter
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29 Nov 2017
10:16 am

New chapter for BMW X3

Motoring Reporter

The M40i sets new standards with sharper dynamics and high level of exclusivity.

The BMW X3 was the car that launched the midsize SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle) segment in 2003.

Since then, BMW has recorded more than 1.5 million new registrations of the X3 across the two model generations so far.

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And now the new BMW X3 is set to write the next chapter in this success story with an even more striking, dynamic design language, powerful yet also efficient drive systems and luxurious appointments.

Available in South Africa from this month and to be built at BMW Plant Rosslyn in the first half of 2018, the third generation of the BMW X3 follows in its predecessors’ tyre tracks by combining rugged off-road looks with a sporting presence.

The new BMW X3 M40i is the first ever M Performance model in the X3 line-up and sets new standards with its sharper dynamics, high level of exclusivity and standout emotional appeal.

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Developed with an insatiable appetite for revs and superb pulling power, the 3.0-litre M Performance six-cylinder in-line engine ensures the X3 M40i sits at the top end of the model range.

Output of 265kW propels the flagship X3 from 0 to 100 km/h in an impressive 4.8 seconds, it is claimed. The X3 M40i also includes a wealth of model-specific set-up and equipment features, which both underpin and lend added impact to the exceptional performance credentials of this SAV.

Among these features are the standard – and strikingly dynamic – M Performance-specific exterior design cues, which include the M Aerodynamics package with design elements finished in Cerium Grey.

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The flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system with Black Chrome tailpipe embellishers, M Sport brakes, M Sport suspension with M Performance-specific tuning, variable sport steering and 20-inch cast light-alloy wheels also come as standard.

The X3 M40i can be specified as an option with adaptive M Sport suspension, which covers an even wider spread of ride comfort and sportiness set-up options.

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The BMW X3 M40i leaves the factory equipped with an eightspeed Steptronic Sport transmission complete with Launch Control. This transmission is a perfect match for the engine’s dynamic characteristics and can be operated using shift paddles on the steering wheel.

In addition, its xDrive all-wheel-drive system has a far more pronounced rear bias than on the other model versions.

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The Performance Control feature integrated into the DSC system and acting on the rear wheels has been reconfigured to produce the dynamism, agility and traction for which M models have made their name.

Moving into the cabin, sports seats and the sprinkling of “M40i” logos adorning, for instance, the front door sill strips and instrument panel provide further visual emphasis of the car’s performance capabilities.

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