Sporty driving in the typical mould of the BMW X models is a defining feature of the new BMW X3. It has assumed its predecessor’s mantle as the sportiest drive in its segment, and it is continuing to expand its lead on agility and driving dynamics. For an even more intensive driving experience, from model year 2011 the new BMW X3 will be available with the M Sports package. Developed by BMW M GmbH specifically for this new Sports Activity Vehicle, the package comprises a range of high-end suspension, aerodynamics and exterior/interior components. Highlights include the M Aerodynamic package, special alloy wheels and interior styling features which add to the sense of concentrated driving pleasure.
The new BMW X3 is already an extremely sporty machine, thanks to its all-new suspension. This, together with a longer wheelbase and increased track width compared with the previous model, brings an appreciable improvement in stability and lateral traction in dynamic driving situations. Electric Power Steering, meanwhile, offers typical BMW precision. Alternatively, an optional variable-ratio sports steering system can be specified.
The BMW X3 comes as standard with BMW xDrive permanent all-wheel drive, which is calibrated for optimised driving dynamics. The benefits are particularly noticeable during sharp cornering. Optionally, Performance Control can be added for even more agility on tight corners. Also, the new BMW X3 is the first BMW X model to be available with the electronically controlled Dynamic Damper Control system and Drive Dynamic Control, which allows the driver to customise the driving characteristics at the press of a button.
The M Sports package boosts the dynamic driving qualities of the new BMW X3 to new levels and gives them a distinctive visual dimension as well. It includes the M Aerodynamic package, chrome tailpipes and the BMW Individual High-Gloss Shadow Line trim for the side window surrounds and roof rails. The M Aerodynamic package includes body parts painted in body colour at the front, rear and side of the vehicle, while the panel in the rear apron is painted in Dark Shadow metallic.
Sports suspension calibration and 18-inch M alloy wheels, plus Performance Control as an add-on to the standard-specification xDrive all-wheel-drive system, all enhance the excellent driving dynamics of the Sports Activity Vehicle. On the new BMW X3 xDrive35i, they are joined by a Sports automatic transmission, steering wheel shift paddles and variable sports steering, including Servotronic. 19-inch M alloy wheels with mixed tyres are also available, while 20-inch M alloys with mixed tyres can be ordered from the accessories range.
Sports seats with exclusive Pearlpoint fabric/leather upholstery, an M leather-trimmed steering wheel with multifunction buttons including a Cruise Control button, door sills with the M logo and an M footrest for the driver all add to the driving pleasure in the new BMW X3 with M Sports package. The high-end sporty theme is capped off by a BMW Individual roof lining in anthracite, brushed aluminium interior trim, an M shift lever (only for the BMW X3 xDrive 20d with manual transmission) and a stainless steel insert in the loading sill.
The M Sports package will be available for all engine versions of the new BMW X3 from spring 2011. As an exclusive option in conjunction with the M Sports package, Carbon Black metallic paintwork can also be specified as an alternative to the standard paint finishes.