BMW Malaysia went on an onslaught last weekend at the Secret Garage @ M Town event with the launch of four new full-blown M models. This one here is the BMW X3 M, available in a sole Competition flavour here in Malaysia.
The highlight of the performance SUV is definitely its beating heart – the S58 three-litre twin-turbocharged inline-six engine, producing 510 hp and 600 Nm in Competition form. The S58 engine is the same unit that will be making its way into the upcoming BMW M3 and M4, which should give us a pretty good idea of how the new cars will feel, in terms of power delivery.
The new powerplant is paired to an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic transmission, with power transferred to all four wheels via a M-specific xDrive all-wheel drive system. In Sport mode, the system is able to transfer most of the power to the rear wheels for a rear-bias driving feel.
To perform even on track – which we’ve tested at the Kyalami Circuit – the X3 M Competition is further aided by additional M Performance parts, including adaptive dampers, engine compartment strut brace and stiffer stabilisers, as well as M Compound Brakes.
Befitting its name, the X3 M Competition is of course suited-up with a whole lot of M-specific touches, both inside and out. Highlights on the exterior include a new front bumper with more aggressive hexagonal-shaped air intakes, new rear apron with slim diffusers, M-specific roof spoiler, M Sport exhaust system with quad tailpipes, and 21-inch bicolour M light alloy wheels.
Meanwhile on the inside, the cabin comes with M Sport leather steering wheel with red M Drive buttons, M-specific instrument cluster and head-up display, M gear selector lever, M seatbelts, M Sport seats in Merino leather upholstery with illuminated M badge, as well as interior trim finishers in carbon fibre.
The BMW X3 M is now available in Malaysia priced at RM886,551.58 on the road, without insurance, and inclusive of the sales tax exemptions. Included in the price is a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, free scheduled service programming, and roadside assistance and accident hotline.