2011 BMW X3 Begins High Speed Testing at Nurburgring

2011 BMW X3 Spied at Nurburgring
2011 BMW X3 Spied at Nurburgring / Copyright CarPix

Next-generation X3 caught doing some late-development, high-velocity testing

This X3 has been spotted, wearing the usual funky BMW camouflage, doing some late-development, high-speed testing at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany.

Beyond the pics, though, there isn't much news. The next-generation X3 is expected to arrive sometime next year (2010). New will be a more fleshed out design and as well as touches like aggressive-looking air intakes to make the X3 appear more muscular.

Under the front bonnet will be a standard-issue series of BMW power plants. Likely, there will be two petrol engines - the naturally-aspirated 3.0 liter, in-line 6-cylinder with 230 horses and perhaps BMW's new 3.0 liter, twin-turbo, in-line 6-cylinder with over 300 hp.

On the diesel side, there will be more options, ranging from the 177 hp 2.0 liter oil-burner to a high-powered variant of the 3.0 liter 'd' that closes in on 300 horses.

With BMW having already done its winter testing in Northern Europe and hot-weather trials in the deserts of California, this maximum velocity testing may mean the X3 is in the latter days of its development. We may even get to see an undisguised X3 before the end of the year.

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khd khd
size wise it'll be somewhere between the old x3 and x5 as sum1 said above the x5 has outgrown 'the old continent'. also why does it mention 230hp 3.0 litre petrol, the current 3.0 has 272 surely the writers has his numbers wrong.
Aug 18th, 2009 9:59pm
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Targa_Florio Targa_Florio
US has the 3.0L engine tuned to 230hp, which is I think called the _28i (e.g. 128 Coupé). I think they barely used the _30i (3.0L tuned to 265~272hp) in this market, except for the Z4.
Aug 18th, 2009 10:26pm
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James2911 James2911
Its more Q7 v GL, X5 v Q5 v ML, X3 v GLK, although the lines are a little blurred.
Aug 18th, 2009 8:32pm
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jakes247 jakes247
hey guys bmw realy makes gud looking cars, but in my opinion they should ditch this side flares surfaces of the x3 and 1 series , it makes they cars look so thin... any 1 back me on that?
Aug 18th, 2009 8:09pm
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GmBHcarfanatic GmBHcarfanatic
so anything clarcsson says is noble? and credible? i tend to think not, hes got a cocky opinion. thinks hes the lord of cars.
Aug 18th, 2009 5:30pm
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Targa_Florio Targa_Florio
I'm not defending the purpose of SUV, but if it's true that the X1 comes close to current X3 sizewise, since current X5 is much bigger it would make sense that the new X3 exists, with a size between X1 and X3. Furthermore the new X3 will replace the old X5 market in Europe: current X5 has grown too big for the old continent.
Aug 18th, 2009 4:23pm
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politz politz
Aug 18th, 2009 3:30pm
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MusTang MusTang
The present X3 is ugly, even Clarcsson told nothing good about X3. Unintelligible car
Aug 18th, 2009 2:40pm
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Zpeed Zpeed
so...whats the point of the X1? this doesnt look that much bigger...
Aug 18th, 2009 8:54am
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master_sp master_sp
Same question here...
Aug 18th, 2009 9:30am
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hata0101 hata0101
because BMW wants to fill up their SUV line from 1 to 10...X1, X3, X5, X6...then they'll have a "baby X6": X2, then here came compact sized X6: X4...wait, more to come, the top of the line: X7!! oh wait, we should make a SAV version of X7, so there is X8...
Aug 18th, 2009 1:07pm
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lucifa lucifa
Just thought I'd point out the obvious and say X1, X3 & X5 line up against the GLK, ML & GL or the Q3, Q5 & Q7. People have become so caught up in their stereotyped hatred of anything new or anything from BMW... If we had never tried anything new Ford would still be producing the Model T. Trying new things is how we progress.
Aug 18th, 2009 6:39pm
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Imasa Imasa
You think the X3 is the ML rival? I agree with the above. X1 and X3 are pretty close to each other unlike the GLK, ML and Gl class which fall in three distinct categories (small, mid-size and large). X1 and X3 are both small.
Aug 18th, 2009 10:59pm
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