I’ve own or driven several BMW vehicles, all appealing and cool for different reasons, but out of those and the ones I haven’t, I think the most ugly BMW ever was, and still is, the BMW X3. Sure, the company launched a newer, redesigned version of the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) – the BMW X3 (F25) crossover – back in 2011, but besides nothing being sporty about it, I stand firmly on this: ugly! Which is why it’s a blessing to find out that the team at Hamann have developed an aftermarket package for it. Couldn’t hurt, right?
Thus, due to Hamann and their work, the BMW X3 is now available with several ECU optimization kits for the xDrive 20i, 28i, 35i, 18d, 20d, 30d and 35d models, increasing power and performance. After Hamann worked its magic, the range-topping diesel 35d offers 350 bhp (261 kW) and 695 Nm (513 lb-ft), as opposed to standard 309 bhp (230 kW) and 630 Nm (465 lb-ft). Not that much of a difference on paper, really; hope you could feel it behind the wheel.
With greater power comes an increase in responsibility, and passenger safety, which is why Hamann is also providing a suspension lowering kit, which brings the X3 closer to the ground by 35mm; that should improve handling in corners and increase top speed a bit. Let’s not forget the silver 21-inch ANNIVERSARY EVO one-piece wheels shod in Vredestein Ultrac Vorti R tires measuring 265/30 ZR21 – the bling-bling. Sure, you’ll be safe, but let’s be cool about it, shall we? Well, I have to say the BMW X3 looks a bit better now, almost cool, kind of resembling the 5-Series – but bulkier. It doesn’t seem enough to make it a true BMW, though, does it?! It’s like a lost puppy that never knows where its home is; well, not in my garage, I’ll tell you that much!