BMW Japan has prepared yet another Celebration Edition, this time it's an all-black X3.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you probably know that BMW is celebrating its centenary this year. For this special occasion, the Bavarians are cooking up a plethora of special editions and it seems most of them are destined to reach Japan. After limited-run editions of the 2 Series Active Tourer, 330e, i3, i8, M6 Coupe, and 7 Series, now time has come for the X3 to receive a Celebration Edition.
It’s called the X3 BLACKOUT and as the name implies it’s basically an all-black version of the SAV in the xDrive20d guise. BMW Japan has fitted the crossover with an M Sport package and all 200 units planned for production will be painted in Sapphire Black. The same hue is also applied on the 18-inch alloy wheels while the kidney grille continues the overall dark theme of the car.
Stepping inside the cabin, the seats come wrapped in black Nevada leather and the Ansorajitto headliner comes from the BMW Individual catalog of extra tweaks. The company’s Japanese division will also throw in a fancy audio system with nine speakers and you’ll also get a bespoke leather key case. The compulsory special badging is also there to remind you it’s not a run-of-the-mill X3.
Being based on the xDrive20d model, it means the vehicle is powered by a turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine producing 184 horsepower (135 kilowatts) and 280 pound-feet (380 newton-meters) of torque. In charge of sending the output to both axles is an eight-speed automatic transmission that enables a 0-62 mph (0-100 kph) run in a decent 8.1 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph (210 kph).
BMW Japan will start taking orders for the x3 BLACKOUT from August 6 and will charge customers ¥6,980,000 (about $67,850) which is approximately $2,620 more than a standard X3 xDrive20d M Sport in JDM specification.
Source: BMW Japan