2010 Paris Motor Show Preview: 2011 Bmw X3 M Sports Package

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 20, 2010

As you may know already, Bmw will unveil at the 2010 Paris Motor Show the brand new 2011 X3 crossover, the new-generation of its popular vehicle which promises to offer first time the Auto Start-Stop function combined with a six-cylinder engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission (excluding the US/Canada).

But this is not the only surprise that the Bavarian manufacturer, as Bmw will also show the M Sports Package for the brand new 2011 X3.

For those who don’t know, the M Sports pack brings a new front bumper, new side sills, a new rear bumper with integrated air diffuser and exhaust system, a new rear roof spoiler but also new goodies for the interior such as a new M sports steering wheel with paddle shifters, new sports seats and aluminum pedals.

The kit is completed by the new M alloy wheels. At launch, the new X3 offers a choice of two ultra-modern power units. The 2011 Bmw X3 xDrive20d comes with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel engine delivering 135 kW/184 hp at 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm. This model can hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 8.5 seconds and has a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph).

According to Bmw, the fuel consumption of this model is 5.6 litres/100 km (50.4 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions of 149 grams per kilometer. The X3 comes also with a more powerful engine in the form of the 2011 Bmw X3 xDrive35i which is powered by a 3.0-litre power unit delivering 225 kW/306 hp at 5,800 rpm, with maximum torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) available at 1,300 rpm.

The X3 xDrive35i can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.7 seconds, continuing to a top speed of 245 km/h 152 mph). Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 8.8 litres/100 km (32.1 mpg imp) and CO2 emissions are 204 grams per kilometre.

Press Release

Bmw X3 M Sport Pack

Dynamic and compelling, the M Sports package drives the sporty nature of the BMW X3 to even greater heights. The rich Carbon Black metallic paint finish and powerful 19-inch M light-weight alloy wheel rims set the tone, while the sports suspension tuning delivers the experience. More Driving tools: the M multifunction leather steering wheel and variable sports steering. The M gear selection lever boasts particularly short throws.

In the BMW xDrive35i with standard eight-speed automatic transmission Steptronic, the M leather steering wheel also features gearshift paddles. The sporty suspension settings give you stiffer dampers and deliver precise feedback. Ergonomically shaped sports seats provide side support against strong lateral forces, such as when cornering at speed. The Pearlpoint cloth-leather upholstery offers a beautifully tactile surface; matching the BMW Individual roof liner, it comes in sleek Anthracite.

With the M Sports package, the side skirts, wheel arches and front and rear aprons are in body colour - for example, the Carbon Black metallic paint finish that is exclusive to the M Sports package. Window surrounds and roof rails are in the high-gloss BMW Individual Shadow Line.

Available from the second quarter of 2011 (subject to change).

Alongside the new BMW X3, the 2010 Paris Motor Show also sees the world debut of the M Sports package developed for the new edition of this Sports Activity Vehicle. A model-specific option from BMW M GmbH, it is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2011 and comprises attractive chassis, aerodynamics, exterior and interior components that allow for further optimisation of the exceptional dynamics of the new BMW X3 as well as lending them a visually striking look.

The range of features includes the M aerodynamics package, chromed exhaust tailpipes and BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line for the side window surrounds and roof railing. The front, side and rear body components of the M aerodynamics package come in body colour, and the inlay in the rear apron is painted in Dark Shadow metallic.

Sports suspension tuning and 18-inch M light-alloy wheels, along with Performance Control for the standard-fitted xDrive all-wheel-drive system, boost the dynamic potential of the Sports Activity Vehicle. In the new BMW X3 xDrive35i they are complemented by a sports automatic transmission featuring steering wheel shift paddles and variable sports steering including Servotronic.

As an option, 19-inch M light-alloy wheels are also available with differently sized front and rear tyres, while the accessories range also offers 20-inch M light-alloy wheels with different front and rear tyres. Sports seats in a cloth/leather combination, an M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons including cruise control, door entry sills with the M logo and an M driver’s footrest contribute to enhanced driving pleasure in the interior of the new with the M Sports package.

This premium sporting ambience is rounded off by the BMW Individual roof liner in Anthracite, interior trim in Fine Brushed Aluminium, an M gear lever knob (only for the BMW X3 xDrive20d with manual gearbox) and a stainless steel inlay in the luggage compartment loading sill.

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