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    • Car and Driver tests the new F25 X3 Xdrive35i - 14.2@97

      The new X3 poses a very interesting entry into the SUV landscape. Packing a 3.0 liter turbo 6 cylinder with 300 hp, it really is quite fast for an SUV. Being over 1000 pounds lighter than X5 or X6 certainly does not hurt. In stock form the SUV is running times comparable to the US E36 M3. It is not marketed as such, but due to the low curb weight and turbo powerplant the X3 makes for an interesting entry into the performance SUV realm. Think about what it could do with a V8. Specs below:

      VEHICLE TYPE: front-engine, 4-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door wagon
      PRICE AS TESTED: $55,100 (base price: $41,925)
      ENGINE TYPE: turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
      Displacement: 182 cu in, 2979 cc
      Power (SAE net): 300 bhp @ 5800 rpm
      Torque (SAE net): 300 lb-ft @ 1300 rpm
      TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic with manumatic shifting
      DIMENSIONS:
      Wheelbase: 110.6 in Length: 183.0 in
      Width: 74.1 in Height: 65.4 in
      Curb weight: 4211 lb

      C/D TEST RESULTS:

      Zero to 60 mph: 5.5 sec
      Zero to 100 mph: 15.2 sec
      Zero to 120 mph: 23.2 sec
      Street start, 5–60 mph: 6.3 sec
      Standing ¼-mile: 14.2 sec @ 97 mph
      Braking, 70–0 mph: 165 ft

      FUEL ECONOMY:
      EPA city/highway driving: 19/26 mpg
      C/D observed: 18 mpg



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      Comments 16 Comments
      1. aquaskr's Avatar
        aquaskr -
        Do you really need 8 forward gears?
      1. Yomama69's Avatar
        Yomama69 -
        What is the point of an SUV THAT small?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Here are the insideline numbers:

        Track Test Results
        Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.) 2.0
        0-45 mph (sec.) 3.5
        0-60 mph (sec.) 5.6
        0-75 mph (sec.) 8.5
        1/4-mile (sec. @ mph) 14.1 @ 95.3
        0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.) 5.4
        0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.) 2.4
        0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.) 3.9
        0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.) 6.0
        0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.) 8.4
        1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph) 14.1 @ 98.4
        0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.) 5.6
        Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.) 29
        60-0 mph (ft.) 116
        Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) 66.0
        Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON 65.7
        Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) 0.86
        Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON 0.83
        Sound level @ idle (dB) 43.3
        @ Full throttle (dB) 79.4
        @ 70 mph cruise (dB) 64.8
        Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm) 1,900
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Yomama69 Click here to enlarge
        What is the point of an SUV THAT small?
        It really isn't that small, about the same size as the first generation X5.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by aquaskr Click here to enlarge
        Do you really need 8 forward gears?
        For gas mileage, yes.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        My sister ordered one ,it has 4 months waiting list!!!Click here to enlarge
      1. dOpEdUpM3's Avatar
        dOpEdUpM3 -
        I like this new X3! If I were to buy an SUV this would be it.
      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        It doesn't need a V8 Sticky, just bolt-ons, a tune and Rob Beck's turbos. It would be quite the SUV, especially with some good off-road tires/wheels.
      1. shaunt's Avatar
        shaunt -
        My sister just got this car... It's pretty nimble for being an SUV
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
        It doesn't need a V8 Sticky, just bolt-ons, a tune and Rob Beck's turbos. It would be quite the SUV, especially with some good off-road tires/wheels.
        Oh I know, I'm just saying imagine if they didn't hold it back.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by shaunt Click here to enlarge
        My sister just got this car... It's pretty nimble for being an SUV
        The X3 handles surprisingly well. I had the previous gen, handled way better than my Cayenne.
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by shaunt Click here to enlarge
        My sister just got this car... It's pretty nimble for being an SUV
        Interesting...BMW said special-order X3's would have a delivery time of about a week. I remember reading this when BMW released the new X3. They are trying to get Americans to build-to-order, rather than getting one of the lot.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        Interesting...BMW said special-order X3's would have a delivery time of about a week. I remember reading this when BMW released the new X3. They are trying to get Americans to build-to-order, rather than getting one of the lot.
        Why are they trying to get them to build to order?
      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Here is a quote from an article,
        BMW wants its U.S. dealers on board to help promote options on built-to-order models. Built-to-order vehicles, which can help manufacturers keep inventories lower and aren’t discounted as much, are rare in the United States.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        That is what I was thinking, US customers are accustomed to having what they want on the lot right away. In Europe, most new cars are ordered.

        It is basically for them to help dealers keep inventories lower and profits up, F that, I want my car right away and I like discounts.
      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        I built my 135i to order. The only virgin I've ever been with. Click here to enlarge