BMW’S SUVS don’t appear in these pages all that often, but we recently had the chance to go for a blast in the highest-performance version of the company’s latest X3. Actually, it was more like a slosh and a squelch, because we were being battered by some of the most torrential rain anyone has ever seen – but hey, if you want to drive like a maniac in conditions like those, a fast SUV must surely be the best thing to do it in, right?
So we’ve got the X3 M Competition, £77,190’s worth of hot Beemer with a 3.0-litre six-pot yowling out 510bhp and 443lbf.ft. It has a cabin whose design is instantly recognisable as that of a BMW, and the steering wheel has a couple of big, purposeful looking M1 and M2 buttons on it. You don’t need to read the book of words to know that when you press them, things will happen.
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