BMW M GmbH is getting things all hyped up leading to the impending launch of its BMW X3 M sports activity vehicle and the BMW X4 M sports activity coupe. In an effort to make things more excited and make prospective customers think more about the new X3 M and X4 M, BMW has decided to let the public view their respective prototypes as they tackled the Nurburgring.
BMW’s high performance unit calls the event as the first official presentation of the new BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M. However, the event can’t be called an official unveiling, the as both M versions of the X3 and X4 were both heavily camouflaged, and BMW M didn’t really provide more details – especially their actual specs – about these new high performance models. Indeed, a presentation is really the most appropriate word to describe the event.
The official presentation of the new BMW X3 M and BMW X4 M, which series development has already been kicked off, took place during the DTM racing weekend at the Nrburgring (September 7 to 9, 2018). During the official presentation, BMW M had prototypes of the BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M test driven on the circuit. The prototypes have been camouflaged to indicate their nature as pre-series vehicles, which means that nothing is final yet with regards to the development of the X3 M and the X4 M. Their performances are still being tuned, and their first public appearance is just a showcase of what to expect from these two new M vehicles.
BMW M’s decision to make the first official presentation of the BMW X3 M and BMW X4 M at Nurburgring comes as no surprise, as this place is the traditional location for final testing and tuning program for the specific overall M package – including drive system, aerodynamics and suspension -- for new M units.
Both the BMW X3 M and the BMW X4 M are powered by a newly developed high-revving straight six-cylinder engine boasting of M TwinPower Turbo technology, as well as the new M xDrive technology that made its debut in the new BMW M5. The power of the newly developed engine – most likely the S58 mill – remains unknown, although there have been speculations that this power unit could provide at least 450 hp of output on tap. This amount of power is expected given that the X3 and X4 are developed as high-performance models.
As the images show, both prototypes feature large air intakes at the front. Their aerodynamics has been optimized by specific M features. Other M model characteristics of the new X3 M and X4 M include an exhaust system with four tailpipes integrated into the rear apron.
Because both prototypes were shown at the same time, it is expected that BMW M would first unveil the X3 M, to be followed shortly by the X4 M.