The third-generation BMW X3 gets its matching mountain bike image

The Bavarian automaker is making sure the BMW X3 driver can go where no other SUV has gone before, actually ditching the car in favor of the high-end trail bike that’s been specifically created to match the new crossover.

The bike was originally a Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie, now customized to match the new X3 – with exclusive Phytonic Blue paint as a nod to the official model’s launch color, color-coordinated water bottle and “Specialized For BMW” note to serve as a reminder this is not the standard creation. It’s going to cost an arm and a leg though – a standard Specialized Turbo Levo FSR 6Fattie goes for €3,999 in Germany, and the BMW-branded mountain rider is a cool €5,200. It’s also an e-bike, ready with a 504-Wh battery pack (up from 460 Wh) and its own docking mechanism for separate recharging. BMW was the designer of the charging cable, which can be used with the X3’s 12V power socket in the trunk.

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It’s also a modern bike – Specialized has a Mission Control smartphone app that will keep tabs like a pro coach on the rider and even calculates the optimum pedal assistance after pre-setting the distance and time – the owner can then be sure it will get the maximum out of the battery pack. This new bike of course follows in a long trail of such products – such as the €3,500 Cruise e-Bike i8 Protonic Dark Silver Edition and the M2 Coupe’s €1,400 Cruise M Bike Limited Edition.