The Japanese unit of the German automaker should be taken for marketing classes on how to deliver special editions – as they are marking the company’s centennial with yet another one.
BMW, the largest premium automaker in the world, is hard at work celebrating its first 100 years, and among the celebrations there’s also time for special series models that not only up the appreciation of fans but also bring in a hefty profit. The special occasion seems to be even more special in Japan, because most of the special editions unveiled so far have been exclusive to the Land of the Rising Sun. Following the plethora of limited models, we have yet another one – the X3 Blackout. This celebration edition model features an all-black appearance (might be fitting for New Zealand as well) and is only available for the xDrive20d version.
BMW Japan also opted for the more dynamic M Sport package and the model will receive the Sapphire Black hue as the only option for the 200 units limited run. The black trimming is also present on the 18-inch alloy wheels while the kidney grille continues in the same dark vein. Inside the cabin we found black Nevada leather seats, with an Ansorajitto headliner taken from the BMW Individual catalog. Among the standard amenities we also found a premium audio system, bespoke leather key case as well as special badging to justify the ¥6,980,000 (about $67,850) price tag. The engine is a turbodiesel 2.0-liter engine churning out 184 horsepower (135 kilowatts) and 280 pound-feet (380 newton-meters) of torque.