2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: Like Bacon, N55 Makes Everything Better

June 15, 2012


Sure, we'll always pine for the high-revving, normally aspirated BMW M engines. You know, the one that are now nearly extinct. But if the N54/N55 turbo-6 is the consolation prize, I'll be OK with that. That's because there's just power everywhere -- no lag, fat midrange and decent top-end pull -- and pretty decent fuel economy. With it, the X3 is a step ahead of other small luxury crossovers out there.

To be honest though, writing about this engine in our X3 makes me miss our old 2008 135i.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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