According to a recent report, the BMW X3 M will adopt a tri-turbocharged 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 449 hp (335 kW / 455 PS).

Citing a "well placed" source, Car is reporting that BMW could launch an X3 M as early as 2012.

The magazine says that the high-performance model will likely adopt a tri-turbocharged 3.2-liter six-cylinder engine that develops 449 hp (335 kW / 455 PS).

We're taking this with a healthy dose of skepticism, but BMW is reportedly weighing four different engines for the next-generation M3 and that mill will likely be shared with the X3 M.

Note: 2011 BMW X3 with M Sports Package pictured

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BMW X3 M to feature tri-turbocharged engine - report