AC Schnitzer has taken the wraps off of its BMW X3 customization program, featuring both cosmetic and performance enhancements.
The X3 xDrive20d has been bumped from its standard 184hp to 218hp. A power upgrade for the xDrive30d, 28i, and 35i are also in the works and will be released later this year.
As for cosmetic enhancements, the AC Schnitzer X3 kit features front lip spoiler with integrated splitters, chrome trim for the side skirts, a rear diffuser bumper, rear roof spoiler and exhaust tail pipes.
German publication AMS decided to pit two popular diesel SUVs against each other — the BMW X3 xDrive 30d against Audi Q5 3.0 TDI Quattro or 258hp/413 lb-ft inline-6 vs 240hp/369lb-ft V6.
The outcome is that both cars are similar in many ways, but the BMW X3 manages to get the edge and wins this comparison. Details inside.
In case you missed it, the BMW Performance Parts Manager recent revealed that the BMW Performance Power Kit will soon be coming in two stages, for both the N54 and N55 motors. Stage 1 PPK will be software upgrade only and Stage 2 PPK will be software and hardware upgrades.
Over 52 teams from 21 European countries competed in the recently concluded BMW X3 Games 2011. Over 15,000 registrations entered for this contest of physical and sports events in Geneva to win three new BMW X3s (for the winning team). The 6 disciplines in which the contestants competed were: running, golf, skiing, driving, mountain biking and sailing.
In the end, it was team from Hungary who each went home with a brand spanking new X3.
It took a while, but Xbimmers members are finally beginning to receive their 2012 X3 M-sport models. We are huge fans of the F25 X3 which takes the standard X3 and adds an upgraded suspension, 19″ M-sport alloy wheels, M-sport aero kit, shadowline trim, and M multifunction leather steering wheel and variable sports steering. Check out our members’ first photos of their M-sport X3s.
The stage is set for the BMW X3 Games in Geneva, a thrilling multi-sport competition for amateur sportsmen and women gets underway. Winning team can look forward to three BMW X3 cars. An international line-up, featuring entrants from 19 European countries, is itching to get the BMW X3 Games started in Geneva (SUI). Following the official registration, the first events are scheduled for Thursday. The BMW X3 Games sees BMW organise a multi-sport event for ambitious amateur sportsmen and women for the first time. A spectacular … CONTINUED
The BMW X3 xDrive35i has made Ward’s 10 Best Interior List. The editors felt that the X3 xDrive35i successfully blends a black-and-cream color scheme with tastefully executed wood trim on the dashboard, center console and door panels. Superb fit-and-finish, fold-flat seating and ample space for five occupants make the $52,025 X3 a worthy contender in the luxury cross/utility vehicle segment. And the iDrive controller also has become easier to use and more intuitive, now allowing drivers simple access to the entire owner
Many times when reading reviews on cars, we get caught up with 0-60 times, handling, looks, the typical things that are REALLY important in any car. But its good to take pause, take stock of what any given car is intended to do, and judge the car by those factors. And this is exactly what the New York Times has done when reviewing the X3, there is no doubt this is a family vehicle, and they go into their review with that mentality. And so I … CONTINUED
I know many of you guys have used the feature offered by BMWUSA.com to be able to watch your new X3 being built on video. In fact a few of you have posted up your vids. Well if you ever wondered what went into creating the system behind the system, this video does a great job explaining it all.
Many of the F25 X3′s functions described in its print manual are featured in instructional videos at the F25′s owner’s manual page, providing a sometimes more intuitive and natural method of learning the features. The full owner’s manual is also available for download in PDF format.
Amidst an impressive start on the international automotive markets, the new BMW X3 has rapidly become the shooting star in its segment. Winning the title of “Four-Wheel Drive Car of the Year 2011” awarded by the specialist car magazine “Auto Bild Allrad” is current proof of the new BMW X3’s exceptionally high degree of popularity. The success in the reader survey conducted by Europe’s biggest-selling specialist journal for four-wheel drive cars is already the BMW X3’s second title victory this year. Only a few weeks ago, … CONTINUED
Video update from the X3 Mountain Driving Events. What do skiing and the all-new X3 have in common? The BMW X3 Mountain Driving Event. At coast mountain resorts this winter, you can take out the all-new X3 out for a spin. And then take out a pair of K2 skis. Check out the event this weekend and others to come. http://www.bmwusa.com/X3MountainEvent
Well folks, we’re all done here at the 2011 Geneva auto show and hope you enjoyed the coverage as much as we enjoyed sharing it with our community. Geneva is always an exciting show because of all shows, it’s arguably the largest in the world and always features an unrivaled number of exotics and tuning companies on display. Geneva is also traditionally one of the most important shows for BMW due to its proximity to BMW’s home market and prominence among the auto show circuit events.
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The BMW X3 equipped with M-Sport has been making the rounds to all the recent autoshows I can think of. A magnifient Alpine White example was at the Paris autoshow, then a sharp Titanium Silver one was at the Chicago autoshow, but now BMW has graced the X3 with my favorite color for the show here in Geneva, Deep Sea Blue Metallic! This particular model is equipped visibly identically to the M-Sport xDrive35i’s we can get in the US, down to the 19″ wheels. Enjoy!
Fifth Gear has reviewed the all new 2011 BMW X3, with particular emphasis on comparing it against the previous (1st gen) X3. See inside for Fifth Gear’s reaction to the 2011 X3.
Taking delivery of a BMW where it’s built is a special occasion. For US X3 owners this is easily accomplished as the X3 is currently built in Spartanburg, SC. Xbimmers member buckeyesi recently took delivery of his 2011 X3 at Spartanburg and shares his PCD (performance center delivery) experience with us.
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A beautiful silver X3 M-sport currently on display at the 2011 Chicago Autoshow represents the first time that the X3 M-sport has been displayed at a U.S. autoshow and first time that BMW has shown a silver X3 M-sport. Photos inside.
Only weeks after its market launch it has already been hailed “Off-Roader of the Year”. The new BMW X3 has made an instant and lasting impression on fans of all-wheel-drive vehicles: readers of Germany’s Off Road magazine voted it their favourite in the “SUV” category. This accolade sees the new BMW X3 following in the tyre tracks of its predecessor model, which was voted “Off-Roader of the Year” twice in succession – in 2006 and 2007. The latest Off Road reader poll also conferred outstanding rankings … CONTINUED