BMW M GmbH is refreshing the high-performance models of the Sports Activity Vehicle BMW X3 and the Sports Activity Coupé BMW X4 two years after their introduction. In addition to new design features that have been adopted from the BMW X3 and BMW X4, which have also been revised, M-specific changes and a new operating concept, the new BMW X3 M Competition and the new BMW X4 M Competition offer even more power. The 50 Nm to 650 Nm maximum torque of the most powerful in-line six-cylinder petrol engine from BMW with 375 kW / 510 hp, which is now also used in other BMW M models, enables, among other things, 0,3 seconds to 3,8 seconds Seconds improved time in the standard sprint from 0 to 100 km / h.
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The BMW X3 M Competion and the BMW X4 M Competition are therefore on par with high-performance sports cars. The top speed is electronically limited to 250 km / h. In conjunction with the optional M Driver's Package, this limit is increased to 285 km / h. The market launch of the new models will begin in August 2021. The in-line six-cylinder engine of the BMW X3 M Competition and the BMW X4 M Competition now has the forged lightweight crankshaft of the BMW M3 and M4 models. With its extremely torsion-resistant design, it enables the transmission of the particularly high torque and, thanks to its low weight and reduced rotating masses, also promotes the engine's freedom of rotation.
The race track-proven cooling system of the in-line six-cylinder engine takes into account the extraordinarily high performance of the drive and includes two coolers positioned on the side in addition to the central one. An additional engine oil cooler and a separate transmission oil cooler are also used. The motorsport know-how of BMW M GmbH is also evident in the conception of the oil supply, which is designed for dynamic racetrack operation. The engine's weight-optimized oil pan has two separate chambers and an integrated suction channel. An additional suction stage enables the map-controlled oil pump to deliver lubricant from the smaller oil sump, which serves as a volume buffer. In this way, a safe oil supply is guaranteed at all times, even with extreme longitudinal and lateral accelerations.
M sports exhaust system and 8-speed M Steptronic transmission.
The standard M sports exhaust system of the BMW X3 M Competition and BMW X4 M Competition enriches the drive sound characteristic of BMW M automobiles with a pronounced sonorous note, especially under intense load conditions and at high engine speeds, and sharpens the sound with unrestricted everyday usability for a particularly emotional driving experience Motorsport too. The steplessly regulated flaps of the M sports exhaust system allow a very varied sound development.
The 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic takes over the power transmission of the high-performance engine as standard. In addition to fully automatic gear changes, it also enables manual shifting with sequential gear selection. In addition to the new M gear selector switch in the center console, there are also shift paddles on the steering wheel. In the manual operating mode, multiple downshifts down to the lowest drivable gear are possible in order to use the engine drag torque for braking. When accelerating, no forced upshift is triggered even when the engine is turned down.
M xDrive all-wheel drive system with a rear-wheel design.
The M xDrive all-wheel-drive system also contributes to the high agility of the BMW X3 M Competition and BMW X4 M Competition. It combines the traction advantages of power transmission to all four wheels with the proven dynamic qualities of classic rear-wheel drive. The electronically controlled M xDrive, networked with the driving stability control DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), only transfers part of the drive torque to the front axle when the rear wheels have reached the limits of their power transmission capabilities. At the touch of a button, the driver can influence not only the mode of operation of the driving stability control but also the distribution of the drive torque between the front and rear wheels. The centrally controlled interaction of the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system with the active M differential ensures a loss-free transmission of engine power.
M typically superior driving dynamics.
The BMW X3 M Competition and the BMW X4 M Competition have exceptional driving dynamics potential. Outstanding values in the areas of longitudinal and lateral acceleration, handling and deceleration performance go hand in hand with high driving stability, neutral self-steering behavior and comfort properties suitable for everyday use and long journeys. The basis for this combination of agility, dynamism and precision, which is typical of BMW M automobiles, is a chassis technology that is perfectly matched to the high engine output and the M xDrive all-wheel drive. The standard Adaptive M suspension with specific tuning and electronically controlled dampers ensures both a high level of everyday comfort and extremely direct contact with the road with little wheel and body movements.
The ideal damper forces for the respective driving situation are set individually and continuously via electromagnetically controlled, internal valves. The basic characteristics of the damper can be influenced by pressing a button. The steering precision and responsiveness are based on extensive measures to stiffen the body and the chassis connection, for example with an M-specific strut package. The electromechanical M Servotronic steering and the driving stability control DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) also contribute to the typical M driving experience. This allows additional wheel slip in M Dynamic Mode in order to generate the typical M self-steering behavior and, for example, to enable controlled drifting maneuvers when used on the racetrack.
M compound braking system and 21-inch wheels as standard.
The performance characteristics of the BMW X3 M Competition and the BMW X4 M Competition are complemented by the high effectiveness of the standard M Compound braking system. The brake callipers bear the M logo and are painted in blue as standard or, on request, in high-gloss black or red. The perfectly coordinated overall package for maximum performance also includes the 21-inch wheels with mixed tires in the formats 255/40 ZR21 at the front and 265/40 ZR21 at the rear. The M forged wheel 892M star spoke in jet black is new, which saves 2 kg of weight per wheel. Alternatively, the well-known M light alloy wheel 765M V-spoke is also available in jet black with a high-sheen finish.
Larger BMW kidney grille and more powerful front section.
The new BMW X3 M Competition and the new BMW X4 M Competition take over the enlarged BMW kidney grille with now a one-piece frame and the roughly ten millimeters flatter front headlights from the likewise refreshed BMW X3 and BMW X4. A black bar in which the iCam is placed provides a visual separation of the BMW kidney grille, the frame of which is also in high-gloss black, as are the typical M double kidney grille bars. In addition, the kidney grille is adorned with a vehicle-specific logo: X3 M or X4 M. In addition to the standard adaptive LED headlights with matrix function, the BMW laser light with a range of up to 650 meters is now also available as an option.
BMW M GmbH has made the M-specific front apron even more expressive. Particularly striking are the new, vertically arranged and elongated side air inlets, which bend downwards towards the spoiler lip in a bend towards the center of the vehicle and accompany the hexagonal shape of the central air inlet. They are framed by panels in high-gloss black, in which, among other things, the caps of the aerodynamically optimized M exterior mirrors and the characteristic M gills integrated into the Air Breather, as well as the rear spoiler on the BMW X4 M Compition, are made.
Independent rear aprons in a new design and new colors.
The BMW X3 M Competition takes over the full LED rear lights of the refreshed BMW X3 with a black border and narrower illuminated graphics. The lower area of the rear apron is M-specific and painted in high-gloss black. The large diffuser is flanked on the right and left by the pairs of tailpipes of the M sports exhaust system, which are designed in black chrome. The new rear apron of the BMW X4 M Competition has a wide, offset insert in the shape of an anvil.
Like the air curtain panels on the side, which also accommodate the reflectors now standing vertically, this is painted in high-gloss black and creates a particularly strong overall impression. On the BMW X4 M Competition, the two pairs of tailpipes in black chrome also frame the diffuser. In addition to M carbon black metallic and M Brooklyn gray metallic, the two paint finishes in the X3 and X4 series in Germany exclusively reserved for the M Competition models, M Marina Bay Blue metallic and M Sao Paulo Yellow, are new to the color palette. For the first time, a wide range of BMW Individual paint finishes is available, for example the matt Frozen Marina Bay Blue metallic.
M typical interior with new accents.
The BMW X3 M Competition and BMW X4 M Competition have M sport seats with electrically adjustable headrests and illuminated M logo as standard. In addition to the extended Merino leather upholstery in four color combinations, the BMW Individual extended Merino leather upholstery in Tartufo is available as an option. The air vents have new electroplated strips, the interior strips are now made of dark aluminum rhombicle as standard, and the new open-pored ash variant is available on request. The M leather multifunction steering wheel has contrasting stitching in the BMW M colors and an open 6 o'clock spoke.
BMW Live Cockpit Professional with intelligent networking.
The new BMW X3 M Competition and the new BMW X4 M Competition are equipped with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional with Connected Drive as standard. Intelligent networking, including innovative digital services based on BMW Operating System 7 - such as BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, Connected Music and Remote Software Upgrade - enable particularly intensive interaction between driver and vehicle. The intuitive multimodal operation has been further optimized, depending on the situation, the driver can choose between touch operation on the Control Display, the tried and tested BMW controller, the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel and voice control. A Harman Kardon surround sound system now ensures good sound as standard. The BMW Live Cockpit Professional offers a fully digital display network, the high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and the Control Display each have a screen diagonal of 12,3 inches.
The fully digital instrument display offers, among other things, the M View with specific displays that have been adopted from the BMW M8 models. M-specific display content also characterizes the optionally available BMW Head-Up Display. The cloud-based navigation system BMW Maps offers a particularly fast and precise calculation of routes and arrival times, the updating of real-time traffic data at short intervals and free text entry for selecting navigation destinations. In addition, with Connected Parking, BMW Maps supports the driver even more intensively in the search for a free parking space near his destination. The On ‑ Street Parking Information and ParkNow services are also integrated into the range of functions.
Smartphone integration and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.
Another component of the standard equipment is the optimized smartphone integration. In addition to Apple CarPlay, Android Auto can now also be used with the vehicle's operating system. The driver can see all the important information from the apps provided there on the control display and in intelligently prepared form in the instrument cluster and on the optional head-up display. The capabilities of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant are constantly being expanded. With the digital companion, naturally spoken instructions can now be used, among other things, to regulate the air conditioning, open and close the windows or change the driving experience switch modes. He can also call up the new news app, which reads the latest news to passengers, and learn routines that increase comfort and driving pleasure in certain situations.
Remote software upgrade and BMW Drive Recorder.
Thanks to the BMW Operating System 7, the Remote Software Upgrade function is now also available. This means that the BMW X3 M Competition and the BMW X4 M Competition are always kept up to date with the latest software. The upgrades can include different content, from new services to improved vehicle functions, and can be downloaded "over-the-air". There is also the option of integrating additional vehicle functions into the vehicle at a later date, such as the new BMW Drive Recorder, which creates video images around the vehicle.
New control island from the current BMW M3 and M4 models.
The redesigned control island on the center console comes from the current BMW M3 and M4 models and, in addition to the specific M gear selector switch with Drivelogic rocker switch, the BMW controller and the red engine start button now located here, includes two new buttons. The setup button offers direct access to all setting options for the drive and chassis and calls up a menu in the control display that lists the current vehicle settings. Two individually configured variants of the M setup can be saved permanently and called up at any time using the two M buttons on the steering wheel. With just one push of a button, the M mode button can be used to influence the activities of the driver assistance systems and the displays in the instrument cluster and in the head-up display in order to create a driving experience that is appropriate to the situation and is typical of M.
Driving Assistant Professional available for the first time.
The BMW X3 M Competition and the BMW X4 M Competition offer all the modern driver assistance systems of the BMW X3 and BMW X4. In addition to the Driving Assistant, the Driving Assistant Professional is optionally available for the first time. It includes, among other things, the active cruise control with improved functionality in the city, the intersection warning with additional city braking function, the emergency lane assistant and the improved steering / lane guidance assistant.
The 3D environment visualization in the instrument cluster provides an overview of the activated assistance systems of the Driving Assistant Professional and their functionality. The optional Parking Assistant now also includes the reversing assistant, which helps you to drive back a distance previously covered forwards. In Parking Assistant Plus, Park View, Panorama View and 3D Top View show a 360 ‑ degree image of the vehicle and its surroundings from different perspectives. With the Remote 3D View, the driver can have a three-dimensional live image of his vehicle and its surroundings transmitted to his smartphone.
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