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Can you have too much of a good thing? We sat here wondering that when this rendering of a BMW X3 M popped up, thinking perhaps that BMW is diluting the prestige that comes with the M-moniker by attaching it to every vehicle they possibly can. While the X3 M is still under consideration and nothing is set in stone, the folks at BimmerBoost are more ambitious and have rendered up what BMW could possibly release in the near future.
In all honesty, an X3 M makes a ton more sense than an X5 M or even an X6 M. The M3 is easily the most popular of all the M-vehicles and a transition over to BMW’s lightest and most nimble SUV could be natural. Just packing a more potent powerplant than what’s already offered in the N55 X35i would already be a winner; but combine that with the naturally more aggressive styling that all M-vehicles have to offer and we think BMW might have a winner.
There’s no arguing that many feel if they’re stuck with an SUV, they might as well have fun driving it. The X3 M could enter in a market segment at a competitive price, offering what very few other manufacturers even have the potential to.
GALLERY: BimmerBoost BMW X3 M Rendering
BMW is currently considering bringing to market two higher-performance versions of the X3 crossover, if the newly released second-generation model is successful. News comes via BMW insider SCOTT26 posting on yet another BMW forum.
Currently the most powerful X3 in BMW’s lineup is the rather potent x3 xDrive35i, using the single-turbo inline-six motor to make 300-hp and 300 ft-lbs of torque and deliver an incredibly fast 0-60 mph time of just 5.5 seconds. That time would likely drop by a tenth or two with a xDrive35is model, which would take after the Z4 sDrive35is and 335is models to deliver a bump to around 320-hp and 332 ft-lbs, with limited overboost delivering closer to 370 ft-lbs.
Then, if that model proved a success, BMW would then consider an X3 M. This model would reportedly be powered by a version of the motor that will be found in the upcoming 1 Series M Coupe.
But don’t get too excited yet, as the product planning folks haven’t made any decisions and will have to wait at least a year or two to see how the second-gen X3 is received.
In addition to these models, SCOTT26 insists the X4 is still under consideration, which would deliver an X6-inspired coupe-like model, derived from the new X3.