Sunday, May 15, 2011

BMW X3 Review

2011 BMW X3
X3, Take Two: New Styling, Engines Put BMW Back in the Ring
BMW helped invent the compact luxury SUV category with its X3, but that doesn’t win it any gold stars. Its revamped 2011 BMW X3 enters a market now thick with similar offerings, and it will take a major effort on Munich’s part to get its new crossover back to the head of the pack.

That effort begins with a choice of revised engines. Base level 2011 X3s will roll out of BMW's Spartanburg, South Carolina plant at the end of 2010 with a naturally-aspirated 'N52' 3.0-liter I-6 producing 240 horsepower. The current X3 makes 260 horsepower from its inline six, but the new model is estimated to hit 60 mph at 6.7 seconds, roughly a half-second quicker than the outgoing model. Those with lead feet should head for the xDrive35i, which is powered by BMW's direct-injection 3.0-liter turbo I-6. The engine features 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration from 0-60 mph will take just 5.5 seconds, according to BMW. Opt for the sport package, and you can push the X3 to a 150 mph top speed.


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