As a successful race driver and team
manager on the international stage,
Herbert Hartge applies motor sports technology
know-how into each of his BMWbased
vehicles. The reason a racy allwheel-
drive vehicle is now fully suitable for
hunting on even the most challenging terrain
situations, lies not only in the fact that
he is able to fall back on a wealth of gathered
rally sport experience; Herbert is
truly an avid and passionate hunter.
The modified X3 renders his passion.
As a hunter it embodies a fine sleek manner
of moving expertly and stylishly over
rough and smooth terrain. The necessary
ground clearance of 23 cm is provided by
longer spring/damper units, additional
front spacer blocks and very good all-terrain
tyres (255/55 R 18) which are
mounted on the Hartge Classic light alloy
wheels. A considerable larger angle of
driving and an improved ramp angle is
possible despite the use of a continuous
solid underbody skid plate made of stainless steel forgiving even hard hits of the
Thanks to a shortened axle drive ratio,
an excellent traction and an increased
torque enables it to expertly climb up to 48
degrees. Further terrain capabilities are
certified with a wading depth of 50 cm and
a axle articulation index of 63 percent.
Stainless steel grating protects and guards
the radiator from damage due to thick
underbrush or rocks. In addition to many
practical accessories, which include washable
Sensatec seat covers, customers'
requests for the green look will be fulfilled;
from a sports steering wheel made from
green leather/maple, a speedometer with
green instrument dial and leather interior
through to a trunk mat in the same colour.
Although not designed for being a work
animal like the Land Rover Defender, the
X3 offers enough space for hunting gear
including a tub for carrying the game.
Again, this X3 clearly demonstrates its
supremacy on off-road terrain.