Sounds like there’s a lot of power under the hood.

We’re so close to the arrival of a new BMW X3 M, we can almost taste it. Ok, maybe not that close. We’ve caught the high-performance SUV a bunch of times on the Nurburgring, and just as many times on public roads in Germany, but the is the first time it’s actually been captured on video.

Spotted testing at the Nurburgring yet again, the X3 M prototype is seen here wearing healthy amount of camouflage pushing its performance upgrades to the limit. And from what we can tell (and hear), it looks like it’s going to be quite the little performer.

BMW X3 M Spy Photo
BMW X3 M Spy Photo

Immediately noticeable is the sound. While not yet confirmed, rumors point to a more powerful version of the 3.0-liter TwinPower turbo six-cylinder engine under the hood. In order to compete with the Porsche Macan Turbo, Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 and others, it’s expected to lose about 220 pounds (100 kilograms) and pump out north of 450 horsepower (298 kilowatts). That should be more than enough to propel it to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in about 4.0 seconds.

Up front, the fascia gets significantly more aggressive with the addition of a lower vent to accent the double kidney grille. Behind those big alloy wheels are a set of performance brakes, while out back a quad-exhaust system peers out from a rear spoiler and new side skirts. Like any good M car, the suspension has been heavily tuned to handle the added oomph.

Soon after the arrival of the updated X3 early in 2017, we should see the mighty M version make its debut. Following the arrival of the X3 M, the X4 M 'Coupe' is rumored to make its debut towards the end of the year. No word on pricing on pricing or availability just yet.


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Gallery: BMW X3M Spy Photos

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