2018 BMW X3 M40i quick spin review

It must’ve startled the neighbors. Heck, it startled me. The 2018 BMW X3 M40i is a far louder car than you’d expect, with a warbling buzz of an exhaust note that sliced through the otherwise placid Portlandian morning. I sheepishly looked around for someone in an Outback sneering at the Phytonic Blue BMW brashly announcing its presence.

Here’s the thing, though: it’s still weird to hear sports car noises emanating from a compact SUV. It just doesn’t compute. That the M40i and its 355-horsepower twin-turbo inline-6 gets from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds really fries the circuit boards.

SUVs are clearly the way of the future, but so much about the X3 M40i seems conflicted, like it’s trying to be something it’s not. At no point with the X3 did I find myself NOT longing to drive a 340i M

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