Is there anything interesting about its design?
It may have been born In Munich, but the X3's parentage is Australian, with the car's exterior design developed by former Sydney-sider Calvin Luk (also responsible for the X1, F20 1 Series, and just released Z4).
BMW is the master of design convergance, and the current X3 recognises the brand's heritage while seamlessly integrating with the current, exceptionally broad model range.
The biggest visual clue to the M40i's status and performance potential is the 'M Aerodynamics Package', consisting of a roof-mounted wing, 'Black Chrome' tailpipes, and various exterior trim elements finished in 'Cerium Grey'.
The nose treatment is unique with a more aggressive lower air intake, and exclusive pieces in the vents either side framing LED fog lights.
Big 21-inch rims are shod with fat Pirelli P Zero rubber, the headlights are adaptive LED, and high-gloss 'Shadow Line' trims, including the roof rails, have been pinched from the BMW Individual collection.
Inside, branded sill strips remind you you're in an M40i before you've even hit the driver's seat, and the general look and feel of the cabin will be familiar to any current-generation BMW owner.
One thing that does stand out, however, is the 12.3-inch hi-res colour instrument display, which shifts its layout and colour palette through each of four drive modes – 'Eco Pro', 'Comfort', 'Sport', and 'Sport+'.
The seats are immaculately trimmed in 'Vernasca' leather, the front pair featuring neatly integrated additional side bolsters for extra lateral support and a racier look.
Look up and you'll see the 'BMW Individual Anthracite' headliner. Move to the straight ahead and you're confronted with an 'M leather' trimmed sports steering wheel.
A standard ambient-lighting system allows you to dial in one of six colours to set the mood, and aluminium trim elements are combined with 'SensaTec' (faux leather) trim over the instrument binnacle and dashtop.