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The debate on whether or not Electric Vehicles (EV) are viable in South Africa rages on.

Potent diesel muscle for X3

2006-01-19 09:00

At the same time, the new BMW X3 3.0d heralds not only the introduction of a high-performance diesel power plant to the range, but also the addition of colour-coded bumpers to the entire line-up.

Maximum output for this X3's 3.0-litre straight-six diesel is 160 kW, while peak torque is 480 Nm, which is available between 1 750 to 2 750 r/min.

With this engine BMW is using a second-generation common rail system with significantly higher injection pressure and volume control.

Power is transferred to the wheels by a six-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic manual shift function.

BMW claims a 0-100 km/h acceleration in 7.9 seconds, while top speed is limited to 210 km/h. due to the use of all-terrain tyres. However, if the vehicle is equipped with the optional Sports Package with road-biased tyres and sports suspension, top speed is 218 km/h.

According to BMW the combined EU fuel cycle is 8.6 litres of diesel per 100 kilometres.


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