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According to the wizards at Europe's CAR magazine, sources within BMW have confirmed that the high-performance X3 M could launch as early as 2012. A stupid-fast X3 hardly seems necessary, but then again, that's what we said about the larger X5 M and X6 M before falling in love after our stints behind the wheel.

CAR states that the X3 M will likely be powered by a tweaked version of the new six-cylinder engine bound for duty in the M3. In the X3, this engine will reportedly produce somewhere around 450 horsepower, and could use a brand new tri-turbo system – one electric turbocharger paired with two exhaust-gas-driven units.

A 450-horsepower X3? With three turbochargers (one of which is electric)? Sounds absurd (and is to be taken with a grain of salt... for now), but based on our experiences with the rest of BMW's M range, consider us totally stoked.


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      Making11s
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does every BMW have to have an M version now? It used to mean something special.
      Richard
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you think it's ridiculous now, wait till you see the sticker price...which everyone will pay...because no one in an Ed Hardy shirt knows how a lease payment is calculated.
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Want a fast car: buy a much faster sports car for the same money. Want a people/gear hauler: buy a minivan. Buy a 'sporty SUV' and compromise both of the things you're looking for. It's not very practical and the dynamics aren't great.
      MachDelta
      • 3 Years Ago
      No such thing as an "electric turbocharger" 1. Does it compress the intake charge? Yes -> Goto 2. No -> It's not forced induction, GTFO. 2. Is it driven by an exhaust-powered turbine? Yes -> It's a turbocharger. Go to 3. No -> Goto 4. 3. Is there also an electric motor attached to it? Yes -> It's an Electric-ASSISTED Turbocharger, not an electric turbocharger. GTFO. No -> It's a regular turbocharger. GTFO. 4. Is it driven by a belt, electric motor, or some other mechanical linkage? Yes -> It's a SUPERcharger. GTFO. No -> Then it's broken, GTFO. See? No electric turbo.
      trans-am phoenix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like an expensive Hyundai santa fe from the front.
      Mondo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think this is awesome. Would prefer an M3 wagon but we can't have everything I guess.
      You guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why does the X3 look like a Forester?
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      HAHAHAHAHA what a joke that would be!
      Manuel Ruiz Zamora
      • 3 Years Ago
      " With three turbochargers" actually nothing new on it
      L
      • 3 Years Ago
      The electric one is probably mainly used to deduce the turbo gap and when you reach higher rpm's the two gas powered turbochargers take and function like a "normal" Biturbo would. Am i right?
      JonZeke
      • 3 Years Ago
      You know, I don't mind the X - M cars in showrooms as much as a mind a lack of choice at the lower end of the BMW range. For instance, I want the 320d. All the Brit car mags say its pretty much the best daily-driver 3 out there, other than the Alpina D3 - which we also don't get. I'd also like the cloth seat option, and the ability to spec simple dial climate controls and manual seats but with sport suspension. If I can do all this and i'm just in the dark someone let me know, k?
      4540flossy
      • 3 Years Ago
      An utterly pointless model and typical of BMW's current direction - if you need a performance car, buy one; if you need an SUV (which most people really don't), buy an SUV.
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