The BMW faithful have been clamoring for a X3 M and it looks like the Bavarian automaker is finally answering their prayers as spy photographer have snapped the first pictures of the high-performance crossover.

Caught undergoing testing in Germany, the 2018 X3 M is distinguished by an aggressive front fascia which has large air intakes with mesh grille inserts.  Additional changes are limited but the prototype has also been equipped with a four-tailpipe exhaust system and large alloy wheels that are backed up by a high-performance braking system.  The production model will likely take things a step further as we can expect to see aerodynamic mirrors, front fender vents, and a sportier rear bumper.

There's no word on what will power the model but the X3 M will be more powerful the X4 M40i which has a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder engine that develops 360 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque.  It enables the crossover coupe to run from 0-60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 130 mph.

Of course, the X3 M will be facing stiffer competition than the X4 M40i as it will have to square off against the 400 hp Porsche Macan Turbo and the 500+ hp Mercedes-AMG GLC 63.

Gallery: 2018 BMW X3 M spy photos

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