People have been talking about a possible BMW X4 for quite some time now and now that the concept version has been officially unveiled, those rumors have been officially confirmed. To add a little extra fuel to the X4 fire, there are now rumors about a possible X4M version. Not a big surprise though, considering that almost each model in BMW’s lineup also has an M version.
The upcoming BMW X4M comes as a direct competitor to high-performance variants of the upcoming Porsche Macan and will go on sale in 2015. The X4M is dubbed internally as "an M3 on stilts" and will be powered by the same M3 in-line six-cylinder engine that is derived from an extensively reworked N55. The engine will be mated to an M-engineered torque-sensing differential, which will drive all four wheels. BMW will also offer an advanced electronically controlled torque vectoring system, and X4M-specific springs, bushes and damping rates.
From the M3 the future X4M will be also adopting the BMW M’s Electro-mechanical steering and a revised M-DCT transmission. On the exterior the X4M will use typical M design elements, including a more current M-Type kidney grille, exterior mirrors, subtle rear boot lid spoiler, traditional quad exhausts and a full carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic roof - a first for an X-Series M model.
Updated 04/15/2013: With the prototype X4 images in hand, we were able to bring you a revised rendering of the upcoming X4M. You can see the image above and have a look at the old rendering in the gallery. You can see a comparison of our two renderings after the jump Enjoy!
With a package name that is similar to a fax machine’s model number, the BMW SP6 X is Sportec’s attempt to change your mind about diesel engines. Sure, at one point in the past diesels were loud, rough and loaded with nothing but torque, but times are changing. We have a sneaking suspicion that this tune may change your perception of a diesel engine.
The package mainly focuses on the performance of the X6. In this example, the car is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder diesel engine that, thanks to Sportec, now produces 370 horsepower and 750 Nm (553 pound-feet) of torque, a nice bump from the stock 306 horsepower and 600 Nm (442 pound-feet) of torque.
This bump in output helps shave 1.1 seconds from its stock 6.5-second 0-to-60 mph sprint, which in real-time, 1.1 seconds seems like nothing, but in a 0-to-60 launch, that’s a lifetime. To add to the beefy upgrade, Sportec has also upped the top speed from 130 mph to 163.4 mph, making this Bimmer a touch more exciting.
Finally, the exterior features sporty exhaust tail pipes that breathe out more spent-diesel-fuel fumes and custom 19-inch OZ wheels to reduce the X6’s weight and add a little extra sport to its look.
So, do you still think diesel engines offer no fun?
Rumors about a possible BMW X4 have been out and about for quite some time now, but it has been confirmed that a concept version of the X4 will be unveiled in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. According to BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer this will be a near-production prototype that will offer customers a pretty good idea on the X4’s design.
The next X4 will be built on the same platform as the second-generation X3, but it will feature individual styling that will put it closer to the X6’s design. It will be distinguished by a coupe-style roofline, four doors and a heavily angled one-piece tailgate.
Under the hood we will most likely see the same engine as the new X3, including both four-cylinder diesel and straight six-cylinder gasoline engine. BMW will also offer an M version powered by a twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder gasoline engine - the same to be used in the next M3.
The BMW X4 will go on sale in North America in early 2014. The model will be priced at about $42K and will target models like the upcoming Porsche Macan.
Although the new BMW X6 Sport Activity Coupe has turned out to be a very successful model, it may be considered too large for the current market demands. For that reason, BMW has decided to bring a new, smaller model that will be built on the new generation F25 X3 platform. This vehicle will be the new X4 model (pictured here) and will be a coupe version of the future X3 SUV.
The car is internally known as "X-Style" and will be based on the future X3, but will feature the same coupe roof line at the rear-end and a muscular body as seen in the X6. However, BMW will drop the conventional tailgate of the X6 and will offer a two-way hatch similar to the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo.
The future model will feature the platform, drivetrains, and engines of the X3. BMW will show a concept version in the near future, with a production version to follow after it, but not before 2015.
BMW just loves to blur the line between car and SUV. With SUVs already based on the 3 and 5-Series, the German company may be readying two SUV to spawn from the 1-Series. The four-door X1 has already been given approval for production, and now the two-door X2 may be on the way.
If the rendering from CAR Magazine is accurate then the sporty looking X2 will be much like a little brother to the mixed-identity X6. It’s a little hard to admit but there is some attraction to a sporty coupe on a tough 4x4 platform. It’s kinda like how a girl gets hotter after she punches you in the face.
BMW has announced that the X6, one of the two new models coming from BMW, will be made sometime in 2008 and will be produced at its US plant in Spartanburg.
Norbert Reithofer said production levels at Spartanburg in South Carolina are expected to be at more than 200,000 units per year in the medium term. The Spartanburg plant currently produces the X5 SUV and the Z4 car.
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