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      03-06-2012, 02:49 PM   #154
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Originally Posted by mkoesel View Post

Not so far, although there is still a chance we'll see it this year:

I think I also remember SCOTT saying mules should be out testing in public any time now, though I can't find a post to back that up. Still, it would seem unlikely to see it arrive before the F80 M3 since those mules have been out there for some time now. But perhaps the X3 M mules are simply better disguised or just too nondescript to have drawn much interest or attention.
I still find the whole idea of an X3M odd. I get placing a monster engine into an X5M in order to compete with the Cayenne Turbo and the ML63, but is there really a market for high performance mid-size SUVs? Stuffing the next-generation F8X engine into an X4M makes more sense, since that's a sportier form factor that will compete with the likes of the Macan and Q5RS (or whatever Audi decides to call the top performing version of the Q5). Of course, from a timing perspective, there's no way that the X4 (let alone the X4M) would beat the F80 to market.
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