Here's Your Chance to Own the Best BMW X3

This Dakar-spec rally SUV is barely an X3, which is why it's so great.

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Planning on racing Dakar next year, but don't have a ride? This Dakar-spec turbodiesel 2009 BMW X3 rally car could be the perfect sand-dune conqueror for you. It just popped up , complete with a bunch of recent maintenance and an available support team for rental. You should buy it.

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Though it may look like an old BMW X3 with a significant lift, it's actually a completely custom tube-frame chassis underneath, built by X-Raid with X3 lookalike carbon-kevlar body panels that bolt on and off for easy replacement and drivetrain access. The engine is a diesel with a two-stage turbo, built to FIA factory specs (the ad doesn't specify output numbers, sadly). A six-speed sequential transmission sends power to all four wheels via a triple-plate AP Racing clutch, a Sadev center differential, and Xtrac front and rear differentials. There's also liquid-cooled AP Racing brakes, a fire suppression system, a 111-gallon fuel tank, BBS wheels, a custom carbon dash with a two digital displays, an electronically heated windshield, and even air conditioning.

According to the sellers at NeoRaid in Poland, the SUV has just undergone an extensive reassembly including a full engine overhaul, as well as a rebuild of the transmission, and all three differentials. All worn parts, including the driveshafts, have been replaced, and the wiring harness updated. The seller says they can provide transport to events, spare parts, and service from experienced mechanics—for an additional fee, of course. It's for sale with an asking price of €260,000 (around $297,000 at current exchange rates). That's a lot of money for something that looks like an outdated X3, we know, but for all that you're actually getting, we'd say it's pretty reasonable. Plus, if you really wanted to, you could have new body panels made to match the current X3's looks, and bolt them on. If that's what you're into.

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