2012 BMW X3 Long Term Road Test

2012 BMW X3: M I Crazy?

May 31, 2012


I like bonkers SUVs. Our new Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 reminded me how much. Like an infected carrier, I brought this pathogen over to our BMW X3 last night. I present to you, the BMW X3 M.

With Photoshop booted-up, I lowered a Euro-spec X3 with the optional M Sport package. I also added a hood bulge (poorly) grew the wheels and made them dark.

But this is all cosmetic. In my head, I'm dropping the 555-hp V8 from the X5 M under the hood. With the shorter wheelbase and lower ride height than the X5, I think the X3 M would be a riot to drive. I also contend that it'll be cooler than a "sport" wagon, yet deliver all of the convenience and utility associated with wagons.

On my wishlist, I'd like a sport exhaust button and center diff that can be adjusted to send all power to the rear wheels. You know, a hoondial.

What do you think?

Mark Takahashi, Automotive Editor

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