BMW M3 competition xDrive competition and BMW X3 M competition

This is a comparison I’m very interested in, mostly because of a car that’s not actually in the comparison. I know this doesn’t make sense but hear me out. The BMW M3 Competition and BMW X3 M Competition effectively use the same powertrain, only in different combinations. However, the X3 M competition is a special one for me, in particular, because it’s the closest we Americans have to the M3 Tour. So while Joe Achilles tests the X3 M Comp against the M3 Comp xDrive, he’ll get a chance to trade in his own M3 in Touring when it debuts. We can not. So I pull the X3 M even before I start the video.

The BMW M3 competition in this video is an xDrive model, which means that both cars were powered by all-wheel drive. So there is no advantage to traction one way or the other. There is a weight advantage, but it is likely to have been lightened by the additional two passengers in the back seat of the M3. Can the X3 M keep up with the weight despite its heavy weight?

Both cars have the same engine and transmission; 3.0-liter twin-turbo “S58” six-cylinder engine with 503 horsepower (510 hp) and 479 pound-feet of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic. Both cars are also four-wheel drive. Achilles tested the 0-60 and quarter mile times separately, on his own, to see how fast each car went in isolation. The BMW X3 M Comp is shockingly impressive for its size and weight, hitting 3.5 seconds from 0 to 60 mph and 11.57 seconds in the quarter mile.

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But what about the BMW M3 Competition xDrive? It put in a nearly unbelievable 0-60 mph time of 3.07 seconds and the quarter mile in 11.18 seconds. Both are incredibly impressive and a bit faster than the X3’s numbers. Though, it has weight and flight advantages. The fact that the heavier X3 M can keep up quite a bit is also impressive, given its nature. After a few drag races, Achilles tried to balance the weight advantage by stuffing two riders into the M3 and repeating the races. The M3 was still faster but not as much, obviously.

I think the point here is that the M3 is distinctly faster but not so much that the X3 M looks like a poorly performing car; Its nature makes it a little slower. It’s still crazy fast, it seats five more comfortably, it has a much larger trunk, and – sorry, Joe – it looks better. Since the BMW M3 Touring is not coming to America, any enthusiast who wants to buy the X3 M Competition should, as its performance will not be far off and it will do the same job effectively.

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