The New Fastest Helicopter on Earth Can Fly at an Insane 300MPH

Most helicopters are built for hovering, not for speed. But the Eurocopter X3 is built for both. The demonstrator tilt-rotor aircraft proved as much when it set a pair of air speed records earlier this month. » 6/17/13 5:30pm 6/17/13 5:30pm

The X3 Is At Home In Argentina

The BMW X3CC driven by Stephane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret finished fourth overall in this year's Dakar Rally, but not for lack of some seriously professional-grade power sliding. (Photo Credit: Natacha Pisarenko, AP) » 1/19/11 9:00am 1/19/11 9:00am

Clueless New Yorkers Mistake Prototype BMW For Car Bomb

Clueless New Yorkers today mistook a lightly camouflaged BMW X3 prototype — carelessly left running in front of the Museum of Natural History by a BMW executive — for a car bomb and promptly shut down parts of the city. » 5/09/10 7:05pm 5/09/10 7:05pm

BMW Recalling 200,000 Vehicles Due To Airbag Non-Deployment Issues

BMW announced today that it was recalling approximately 200,000 vehicles because a sensor issue might stop the front passenger airbag from deploying. The issue comes from small cracks that could develop within a seat detection mat, causing the airbag to be deactivated. Affected are MY 2006 3-series and MY 2004-2006… » 8/13/08 3:00pm 8/13/08 3:00pm

Autobild Speculates On Upcoming BMW X3, X1

Autobild, our favorite German tabloid of a car rag, has gone on another speculation spree, and this time it's related to the new 2009 BMW X3 and first 2010 BMW X1. The pending refresh of the compact SUV will come just in time to duke it out with new offerings in the form of the Mercedes Benz GLK and Audi Q5. But what… » 6/05/08 11:20am 6/05/08 11:20am

BMW X3 Powetrain Mule Probably Cooler Than BMW X3

What can be said about the BMW X3 that we haven't already been through? It's a compact SUV which would be better off as a four-by-four station wagon, just as AMC showed us. Funny thing though when you're developing a new X3 to come out sometime before 2011, you may need to wrap the test power train in something other… » 5/06/08 3:20pm 5/06/08 3:20pm

DIY BMW SUV Spotted Down On The Beijing Street

Think you'd already seen all the automotive counterfeits outside-design-influenced flatteries China has to offer during our Beijing Motor Show coverage? Well, think again. We've just found an SUV that's a perfect example of how to take a car that's merely a vague rip-off and turn it into a blatant copy. It's like… » 4/30/08 1:20pm 4/30/08 1:20pm

2009 BMW X3

Here it is, the first prototype we've seen for the new 2009 BMW X3 on the streets (and above at the BMW test facility) of Munich. Even with all of the plastic and tape in the shots below you can tell how much sleeker the new X3's going to look in comparison to the current model. Which makes sense as the new X3 is… » 11/29/07 7:15am 11/29/07 7:15am

2010 BMW X3, Now With Rendered Speculation!

The kids at the "GM" site that actually stands for "Gadget Mag" and not "General Motors" have put together some renderings of what they think the 2010 BMW X3 will look like. Verdict: similar to the current one. However, they have put together some info on the engine range that bears mention, including the belief BMW… » 9/20/07 2:45pm 9/20/07 2:45pm

Precision Is Expensive: Welcome To The BMW Experience

I've come to the conclusion that BMW spends more money on sending promotional materials to their customers than any other automaker. Let's use my mom as an example. Momma Wert just bought BMW's new mini-UV, the X3. Since she bought the new car four months ago, she's received a "welcome letter" and "an exclusive… » 2/01/07 10:31am 2/01/07 10:31am

Be the SUV: Bruce Lee Shills for BMW in Spain, Unbeknownst to Him


None but the most rabid of TV geeks remember the early 1970s show "Longstreet." It was about a blind insurance investigator whose life coach was an antique dealer and martial arts instructor, played by the late Bruce Lee. "Be formless, like water" was one of the instructor's tenets, as was "don't get run over"… » 10/03/06 4:01pm 10/03/06 4:01pm

Wait? Are Luxo-Ute Drivers Speeders?

We've mostly decided we're tired of SUVs. We've owned one for three years, and the utility is fantastic, and worked wonderfully for us for a while. But now that we rarely drive (and if we do, it's often in a press or rental car), we're thinking about ditching ours for something that's well, more fun. Also, we're… » 9/12/06 7:30pm 9/12/06 7:30pm

Love That B-Roll! Video of the 2007 BMW X3

We promised you yesterday some more looks of the new-for-2007 BMW X3 SUV. Well, we've done one better. You see, here at Jalopnik, we don't just give you the pictures, we feel you the video. Here's some lovely B-roll of BMW's newest incarnation of the X3 to gawk at a bit this morning. » 6/28/06 12:30pm 6/28/06 12:30pm

BMW Drops The New 2007 X3 On An Unsuspecting UK; US Version To Follow


Ooh, those spy shots from this morning sure were prescient, weren't they? BMW is capitalizing on the PR two-fer today — spy shots in the AM, real shots in the late AM — and talking up the two-fer in changes to the new-for-2007 Beemer SUV. The big story's the engine on the 3.0sd. It's a twin-turbo 3.0-litre diesel… » 6/27/06 12:05pm 6/27/06 12:05pm

Spy Photos: 2007 BMW X3 to Be Revealed this Week?

Carscoop reports BMW will reveal a nipped-and-tucked version of its X3 small SUV sometime this week. As we noted earlier this year, the changes will focus on the current X3's cheap-looking (and feeling) interior components and materials (mmm, plasticky). Other changes are said to include redesigned bumpers and… » 6/27/06 8:10am 6/27/06 8:10am

Spy Photos: 2007 BMW X3, Nip and Tuck

BMW's X3 isn't going to change dramatically between now and its scheduled update for the 2007 model year, but the interior will look less like that of a Monogram model, at least according to German Car Fans. The facelift will address customers' complaints about interior quality, add some character in the fascia and… » 1/17/06 9:12am 1/17/06 9:12am

BMW Bringing X3 Hybrid Concept to Frankfurt, Uses New System of Super…

In addition to a new M Coupe, BMW will show a new, hybrid-drive X3 concept at the Frankfurt show. The hyboo prototype will be powered by BMW's (formerly) super-secret system of super capacitors we reported on two months ago. The system's specially designed capacitors, called Syncaps, are charged by regenerative… » 8/23/05 3:48pm 8/23/05 3:48pm