2021 BMW X3 M SUV Performance

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2021 BMW X3 M SUV Performance, 0-60, Top Speed and MPG

Updated on: June 22, 2021

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 The 2021 BMW X3 M is one of the most powerful in its range with the 3.0 Liter twin-turbocharged Inline 6 cylinder engine producing 473 horsepower and 442-pound feet of torque. The Competition package that costs $7000 comes with 30 additional horsepower for the BMW X3 M. It will reach 0 to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds. 

2021 BMW X3 M SUV front view

The 2021 BMW X3 M comes with a powerful engine that has tremendous capabilities making the car sprint in no time. The BMW X3 M comes in a single trim but comes with optional packages. They are namely Competition Package, Driver Assistance Plus Package, and an Executive Package. The 2021 BMW X3 M comes with a price tag of $69,900. Having such an engine and performance on offer the BMW X3 M faces fierce competition from the Mercedes AMG GLC 63, Audi SQ5, and the Porsche Macan Turbo.

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"By combining a 503-horsepower turbocharged inline-six engine, the best eight-speed automatic gearbox in the business, and BMW's rear-biased M xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the German automaker has created an anomaly of physics - an SUV that's also a sports car." - Car Buzz 

2021 BMW X3 M Engine: Power, Torque, and Transmission Options

Under the front hood of the BMW X3 M lies a humongous 3.0 Liter twin-turbocharged Inline 6 cylinder engine. The engine is capable of producing 473 horsepower and 442-pound feet of torque. Previously the Competition was a separate trim but now it now has been incorporated as a package and named as Competition package. You have to shed an extra $7000 for it. The Competition package tunes the engine of the SUV to push out 30 horsepower more. Also included in the package are 21-inch alloy wheels and comes with an M Sport exhaust system. All X3 M comes with an 8-speed automatic transmission that transmits the power of the engine to all the wheels of the car. The AWD is quite intelligent and delivers 100 percent of the torque from the engine to the wheels when needed. 

Model 

2021 BMW X3 M

2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 63

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Porsche Macan Turbo

MSRP

$69,900

$73,750

$52,900

$83,600

Engine

3.0L Twin-Turbo Inline Six-Cylinder

4.0L Bi-Turbo V8

3.0L Twin-Turbo V6

2.9L Twin-Turbo V6

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

Power

473 hp @ 6,250 rpm

469 hp @ 5,500 rpm

349 hp @ 5,400 rpm

434 hp @ 5,700 rpm

Torque

442 lb-ft @ 2,600 rpm

479 lb-ft @ 1,750 rpm

369 lb-ft @ 1,370 rpm

406 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

Being powered by a powerful engine, that is focussed on delivering performance, the BMW X3 M easily outsmarts other in terms of horsepower delivery. The Mercedes AMG GLC 63 has a much beefier engine but the power output is marginally low when compared to the BMW. The Audi SQ5 is the least powerful as it churns out a mere 349 horsepower. 


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2021 BMW X3 M Acceleration: 0-60 and Quarter Mile Times

The BMW X3 M is incredibly fast considering it to be an SUV of its size. Paddle shifters are located behind the steering which eases the way of shifting gears. While smooth gear shifting acts as an advantage, the car jumps into triple-digit speeds in no time. There is space for 5 people to sit inside the cabin of the BMW. However, the middle occupant on the rear seat is the one who has to compromise the comfort level to some extent because of the underlying transmission tunnel. The 2021 BMW X3 M is an acceleration hustler and takes just 4.1 secs to jump from 0 to 60. It is not the best as the Mercedes AMG GLC 63 does it in a much shorter time frame of just 3.8 secs. 

2021 BMW X3 M SUV hits 0-60 mph in just 4.1 sec

Model 

2021 BMW X3 M

2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 63

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Porsche Macan Turbo

0-60 MPH (Sec)

4.1 secs

3.8 secs

5.1 secs

4.1 secs

Quarter mile (Sec)

11.6 secs

12.5 secs

14.7 secs

13.6 secs

Curb Weight(lbs)

4620 lbs

4486 lbs

4321 lbs

4430 lbs

It can be said that the BMW is quick and fast for its curb weight of 4620 lbs. The car is quite heavy and running for a quarter-mile takes around 11.6 secs. The Mercedes AMG beats it in the 0-60mph sprint but gets beaten in the quarter-mile run where the BMW is unstoppable. The Mercedes Benz GLC 63 also comes second in position for its curb weight 4486 lbs followed by the Porsche Macan Turbo and the Audi SQ5.


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 2021 BMW X3 M Brakes: F/R Rotor Dimensions and Stopping Distance

When it comes to braking performance, the BMW X3 M is quite a charmer. The brakes are the largest in size among the rivals. With such huge brake rotors, it can confidently be said the braking performance is going to be stellar. And it is indeed impressive. Even the brakes have proved to fade very slowly for the most part of the driving conditions. The brakes are smooth and don’t hinder the comfort level of the passenger during daily driving. Even with the hardest braking, the BMW is so designed that it doesn’t skid anyhow. 

2021 BMW X3 M SUV brakes

Model 

2021 BMW X3 M

2021 Mercedes AMG GLC 63

2021 Audi SQ5

2021 Porsche Macan Turbo

Brake Front(in)

15.6 in

15.4 in

13.8 in

14.2 in

Brake Rear(in)

14.6 in

14.2 in

13.0 in

13.0 in

Curb Weight(lbs)

4620 lbs

4486 lbs

4321 lbs

4430 lbs

60-0 MPH (ft.)

112 ft

N/A

112 ft

N/A

The BMW X3 M has staggering stopping power. The brakes are so capable that it puts the car to a complete stop from 60mph in just under 112 ft. The Audi SQ5 also delivers the exact braking distance but it has its own advantages of being lighter than the BMW. In fact, the BMW X3 M is the heaviest in the lot with a curb weight of 4620 lbs.

"Shrug off its overly stiff ride and mind-numbing number of drive-mode settings and the 2021 X3 M is an extreme, incredible machine." - Car and Driver 

2021 BMW X3 M Ride and Handling

The BMW X3 M is no doubt an incredible machine. It has phenomenal handling and blistering acceleration that is quite impressive and pleases the minds of every auto enthusiast out there. It is sharp around corners and there is immense stopping potential from the brakes on offer. The standard adaptive dampers that are present as a part of the suspension system provides a comfortable and gentle ride in the softest settings. While the gear is buttery smooth the suspension system does disappoint a bit. Though it absorbs most of the bad patches on roads it can’t be called luxurious as it is a bit on the stiffer side. The steering is moderately weighted giving you enough confidence when you try to be harsh on the gas pedal. Hands down, it provides one of the best enthusiastic road driving experience one might ever experience.

Is the 2021 BMW X3 M good in terms of performance?

No doubt the car is very good in terms of performance. The acceleration figures are impressive. It is quick and takes no time to reach a ridiculous speed. It is agile to drive and the engine is quite refined and powerful. Handling is one of its perks and cornering and cruising on the highway feels like a breeze. It is designed to get you a first-hand experience of its driving pleasure. If you have an enthusiastic mindset and speed thrills you the car is definitely gonna please you in many ways.

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2021 BMW X3 M Frequently Asked Questions

What engine is on offer with the 2021 BMW X3 M?

The 2021 BMW X3 M comes with a powerful 3.0 Liter twin-turbocharged Inline-6 cylinder engine that produces a monstrous 473 horsepower and 442-pound feet of torque.

How fast can the 2021 BMW X3 M accelerate?

The 2021 BMW X3 M takes 4.1 seconds to reach 60 MPH from a standstill while it is able to run a quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds.

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2021 BMW X3 Performance Reviews


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Jerry M. White

2021 BMW X3 M SUV

4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: April 1, 2021

intuitive BMW

Pros - 8 speed automatic twin turbo engine drive,powerful accelration 0-60mph in 6seconds, great mileage with kuxury

Cons - Not offroading types, although you can test at min rough terrains

powerful speakers, a big display, moonroof great suspension dynamics feels very comfortable on any zone, 12inch display, speakers with great audio comfort, grille design is good styled with leather and osft materials inside, multi-speaker music system, active protection system, rear view camera.

8/10
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9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
8/10
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RG

Roberto B. Gerena

2021 BMW X3 M SUV

4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 25, 2021

2021 BMW X3

Pros - Very stable around the corners, hugs the road, handling

Cons - RFT tires

Stay away from this particular model. My new X3 is not only very comfortable to drive but is a very fast SUV if you play it right. Runs low on gas and does need frequent visits to fillings stations. Amazing sound, heated and cooled seats, comfy seats, auto climate control. The inside is pretty airy, with ample seating space. The cargo hold is significantly and comparatively large. added competition package and 21 inch biggest possible wheels available at the showroom. Yes. It has some good standard kit. Probably should last some time without may issues. With options it goes upto $82,795 Average dealership

8/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
7/10
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Crystal Vanderlinden

2021 BMW X3 M SUV

4dr SUV AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

8

User Overall Rating

Posted On: March 16, 2021

intuitive BMW

Pros - 8 speed automatic twin turbo engine drive,powerful accelration 0-60mph in 6seconds, great mileage with kuxury

Cons - Not offroading types, although you can test at min rough terrains

buy it great suspension dynamics feels very comfortable on any zone powerful speakers, a big display, 12inch display, speakers with great audio comfort, grille design is good styled with leather and osft materials inside, multispeaker music system active protection system, rear view camera moonroof camera

8/10
Features
9/10
Interior
7/10
Design
8/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
7/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

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