BY H. THROTTLEAUTOMOTIVE COLMUNIST
I received the “Ultimate Driving Machine” last week in the form of the 2020 BMW X3 M Competition all-wheel drive SUV. The factory isn’t kidding with that title, this is a 503 twin-turbo beast that will do 0 to 60 in 4.0 seconds. Powered by a six-cylinder 3.0 engine and an 8- speed transmission it is always in sports mode or even ultra-sports mode. The factory states a 161 mile an hour top speed, but a governor control tops out at that level, otherwise it feels like 200 mph could be achievable or beyond.
Adding to the joy of driving this ultimate machine described by the factory as having the most powerful engine ever built by BMW it has a muffler “snarl” that is awesome. (The state patrol can hear this car coming for miles.)
The BMW has a standard 3X SUV, but this is the top of the line M competitive series with all the bells and whistles and the performance to match that of muscle cars in today’s market. The starting price for the X3 M model is $76,900. Add more special features and the test model price goes to $82,695.
The X3 M seats five passengers in elegant leather with 29 cubic ft. of cargo space enough for some skis and snow boards. This SUV will roar up the road to Vail in a flash, but gas up before you go, mileage for the 503 horses is an average of 14 city and 19 on the freeways.
The 2020 BMW has a final assembly in Spartanburg, GA with a German engine and transmission. The frame has multi-chassis braces, stiffer springs, and vented disk brakes. The X3 goes fast and brakes fast earning a five-star perfect safety rating.
Supporting the vehicle are Michelin pilot sport tires on 21-inch wheels. The vehicle has been described as a “Hot Rod” SUV. Outside of the twin chrome mufflers this Beamer looks like a standard BMW all-wheel SUV with that trademark BMW grille and sloping hood.
This is a special vehicle for an experienced driver who can handle extreme performance and major horsepower.
You’ll feel the power in the first 100 yards!
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