BMW chooses Hankook grip for X3 M and X4 M Competitions
BMW didn’t spare the horses, or the horsepower, when it came to its X3 M Competition and X4 M Competition SUVs.
As a starting point, the German firm used its 510hp M3 saloon for the engine and gearbox, which means this pair of compact super SUVs can each sprint from a standing start to 62mph in just 3.8 seconds before reaching a top speed of 155mph.
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Those are the sorts of figures you’d expect of an exotic Italian supercar, yet this BMW pair still offer all of the advantages of an SUV.
Step into the X3 M or X4 M and you have a wonderfully cossetting driving position that gives a commanding view of the road ahead. You’re also treated to lots of interior space, the latest in-car technology and safety, and plenty of luxury as you relax into the soft leather seats.
It's just as pleasant for those sitting in the back, where there’s loads of room and both the X3 M and X4 M offer up generous boot space. The X4 M’s luggage bay is a bit smaller as it has a coupe-like roof line compared to the X3 M’s more usual SUV shape, but both are handsome and purposeful as soon as you catch sight of them.
However, it’s what lurks under the bonnet that makes this pair truly special. The same twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre engine as in the M3 gives both cars potent power to entertain and overtake slower traffic. They can also put in a stunning performance on a track, if that’s what you fancy, helped along by their Hankook Ventus S1 evo Z tyres.
Just like the rest of the X3 M and X4 M, they Hankooktyres have to work across a wide range of tasks.
From dealing with the school run to motorways, country roads to race tracks, and in all kinds of weather conditions, the Ventus S1 evo Z has been designed with these two high performance SUVs in mind.
It shows in the superb cornering ability of each, as well as their arrow-straight stability at high speed thanks to the Ultra Ultra High Performance design developed on the challenging Nürburgring race track in Germany. On top of all this, these innovative tyres also help the two BMWs deliver fuel economy that most high performance cars can only dream of, so you can use the X3 M and X4 M every day, all year round.
That is an amazing achievement, which is only outdone by the ability of the X3 M and X4 M SUVs to make such sensational performance approachable, usable and enjoyable in the real world.