This is what the X3 M40i is like when it’s running on all cylinders

If you’re wondering about the capabilities of the 2018 BMW X3 M40i, you’re going to need to watch this video. It’s not often for us here in the U.S. to see a car like the X3 M40i go all-out on the German Autobahn so when there’s an opportunity to watch what it’s like, we’re going to take advantage of it.

The video, which was posted by AutoTopNL, shows the X3 M40i in a standstill position before the driver pushes the pedal to the metal. Just like that, the X3 bursts out of the gate — notice the driver’s head go back? — and before you can even comprehend what’s going on, the crossover is already pushing 100 kmh (62 mph). The speed rapidly increases to 112 kmh (69 mph), 152 kmh (94 mph), and 183 kmh (114 mph) in a matter of seconds. Eventually, the X3 M40i hits a top speed of 260 kmh (161.557 mph) before oncoming traffic forced the driver to ease up on the pedal. A few minutes later, he goes on another blast and once again, he hits 260 kmh before eventually deciding to slow it down.

The video tells us a few things about the X3 M40i. One, it’s fast. Two, it’s really fast. Three, it’s fast enough to actually eclipse the electronically limited top speed of 250 kmh (155 mph). Now, this likely means that the X3 M40i in the video had its top speed limiter removed, which allowed it to hit the 260 kmh. Still, the run is impressive for a crossover that “only” has 360 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque coming out of its 3.0-liter straight-six engine.

Kind of makes you wonder what an X3 M is going to pull off if the M Performance version — the X3 M40i — is already capable of giving us goosebumps.



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