2018 BMW X3 M40i on sale in Australia in July

February 7, 2018

BMW’s first ever M Performance X3 will launch in Australia in July, called the X3 M40i, coming as the first proper performance oriented mid-size SUV from the German brand.

Originally revealed last year, the G01 generation X3 M40i is powered by a 3.0-litre ‘B58’ turbocharged inline six engine producing 265kW of power between 5500-6500rpm, and a meaty 500Nm of torque available between 1520-4800rpm.

This is sent through an eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and into an adaptive M xDrive all-wheel drive system. The all-wheel drive system is retuned by M Performance and offers fully-variable drive split, with an M Sport rear differential.

Across the 0-100km/h sprint the clock stops in a claimed 4.8 seconds, making it, officially, the quickest X3 ever introduced. It trumps the until-now flagship X3 xDrive30d and its claimed 0-100km/h time of 5.8 seconds. Despite the awesome performance the X3 M40i comes with an official fuel consumption average of 8.9L/100km.

It doesn’t stop at the engine. M Performance has overhauled the suspension to help provide a 50:50 weight distribution, bringing in adaptive dampers with comfort and sport modes. Stopping power is beefed up thanks to some M Sport multi-piston brakes with the trademark blue calipers.

Visually, the M40i differs from the rest of the range via the standard M Aerodynamics Package, which adds a rear spoiler, a sporty front apron, darkened highlights and the Shadow Line trim, and adaptive LED headlights and LED fog lights. There’s also a set of 21-inch alloy wheels.

The interior is dressed up suitably, with Vernasca leather upholstery, sports seats, M-specific steering wheel, pedals, and door sill plates, while the dash features the flagship 10.25-inch media interface with BMW Connected services. Tunes are played through a 16-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system.

BMW Australia will officially launch the new variant in July. Prices for the complete X3 range including the M40i start from the following (excludes on-road costs):

2018 BMW X3 sDrive20i – $66,900
2018 BMW X3 xDrive20d – $69,900
2018 BMW X3 xDrive30i – $76,900
2018 BMW X3 xDrive30d – $84,900
2018 BMW X3 M40i – $99,900

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.