Usually the traditional quarter mile promotion involves at least some degree of US involvement. Not this time, although it is clear that the fighting is taking place on American soil. Still, it’s about import knights … both on two and four wheels. After BMW was originally manufactured in Graz, Austria, BMW manufactured the second generation X3 at the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, USA. But with the arrival of the third generation, the compact luxury crossover developed again into a real import with the relocation of production to South Africa. Nevertheless, this X3 M has some improvements that make it worthy of a triumphant return to its adopted home.
From the tight details people share on the Drag Racing and Car Stuff YouTube channel, it’s not a regular 473-503-hp X3 M (there’s no mention of whether it’s the regular or the Competition version). Instead, it has been thoroughly improved with an e40 mixture. And the spice seems to work wonders for the Germans SUV as the first first run (with a fluttering rear license plate) proves, a solo with 10.97 ET.
Of course, there is no substitute for real battles, and the X3 M does its job for us. That’s because it comes up against a number of die-hard quarter mile warriors in the form of a Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle, a tuned 2015 Nissan GT-R with its own “e70-ish” compound and a few bolt-ons, along with it a spectacular B-Rogue built-in twin-turbo Audi R8 (which sounds like a scream from the six-minute mark).
After the first presentations (for both the X3 M and the R8) it is time for Bayern to meet the Japanese champions (at 2:46). Of course, the GT-R is not deterred by what this X3 M is hiding and ends the run as a logical winner with a result of 10.69s to 10.98s. But as far as we can tell from a distance, it really isn’t that much of a difference.
One would expect the gap to widen from the 3:15 mark when it is time for the Busa to show off its purple virtues … but again, the difference is not as big as the passes of 10 , 5s to 11.13s. On the flip side, the R8 comes out at the 3:50 mark for fun and takes a couple of wins with a bigger lead. Still, we can’t help but remain impressed by this constant X3 warrior …