Report: BMW X3 M in works, powered by tri-turbo straight 6

BMW X3 M Sport Package

BMW has an M treatment in the works for its mid-sized X3, according to a report by CAR Magazine. With the exception of the X1, all upcoming X models will have M division treatment available. This model is expected to hit the road as of early 2012.

Starting with the M3 motor, the BMW X3 M will be a modified version that could include some exciting new upgrades. BMW is working on taking forced induction where it has never been before with a tri-turbo in development. It is possible that the X3 M will debut with three turbochargers, including two exhaust-gas driven and one electric, paired with the straight six. To accommodate the changes displacement will increase from 3.0 to 3.2 liters. That should help it produce somewhere around  449-hp.

The X5 M and X6 M’s next generation will keep the twin-turbo 4.4 liter V8 engine, and gain 9-hp, bringing it up to 564-hp. Fuel efficiency will also be improved at up to a 15% increase.

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Refresher: The 2011 BMW X3 is available in the United States in two different models including the X3 xDrive28i and the X3 xDrive35i. The X3 xDrive28i is powered by a 3.0L inline 6-clyinder unit making 240-hp and 230 lb-ft of torque, allowing 0-60 mph to come in 6.7 seconds. The BMW X3 xDrive35i is powered by a 3.0L inline 6-clyinder N55 with direct fuel injection, twin-scroll turbo technology and Valvetronic. It makes 300-hp and 300 lb-ft of torque, allowing the 0-60 mph run to come in 5.5 seconds when fitted with the optional Sport Package. Both models are mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Prices start at $37,625 for the 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i and $41,925 for the X3 xDrive35i.

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– By: Alexandra Koken

Source: CAR