2016 BMW X4 M40i

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An exciting M Performance Edition of the new BMW X4 is headed our way for the 2016 model year. Likely to be named the X4 M40i, and expected to offer an increase of at least 60 horsepower, courtesy of an official, M-branded S55 engine, along with suspension, brake, and styling tweaks, the M Performance upgrade will elevate an already sporty driving experience to an even higher level.

The M Performance package is already a smashing hit with the new 2 Series, and if the exciting ,new M235i — acclaimed by many to be the best-driving BMW in a decade — is any indication of just how fun to drive these tweaked models are, expect nothing less from the M Performance upgrade slated for the 2016 BMW X4.

The new BMW X4 is basically a trendy, four-door-coupe version of the hot-selling X3 crossover. Touted as a "Sports Activity Coupe," this design somewhat limits headroom and overall interior space, but the flip-side of this compromise is a much sleeker design.

Good looks and additional street presence are justifiable price premiums, and BMW wants $6,000 more than the base price of an X3 for the sharper-looking design. Based on the X6’s success, which is a similar coupe-like approach based on the X5 , we see no reason why fanatics won’t be lining up to purchase X4s in droves.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2016 BMW X4 M40i.

Spy Shots

August 4, 2014 - First testing session

BMW X4 M40i
BMW X4 M40i
BMW X4 M40i

The new, well-received M235i is a prime example, offering a slight power boost, exterior visual upgrades and special rims, along with plenty of "M" badges (16 to be exact).

We will have to wait until the next-generation X4 arrives in 2018 for an official M version, but even a light touch of M Performance on the X4 is a good thing.

M Performance packages take bits and pieces of the full-blooded M cars and integrates them into already-sporty BMW BMW offerings. The new, well-received M235i is a prime example, offering a slight power boost, exterior visual upgrades and special rims, along with plenty of "M" badges — 16 to be exact.

The Spy shots we received don’t reveal too much, thanks to the swirly cam o in all the wrong places. But we can assume that we’ll see slightly modified front and rear aprons and side skirts to give the M40i a more aggressive look. Though it is not evident on this prototype, you can also expect two sets of dual exhaust tips on each side — this tester only has one exhaust exit on each side.

Drivetrain

BMW X4 M40i

No official ratings have been released, but we speculate somewhere between 360 and 380 horsepower.

Interesting to note — and somewhat contradictory to recent BMW logic — is the fact that this X4 M40i will likely use a version of the upcoming M2’s S55 inline-six, as opposed to the less exotic, but still potent N55 variant that powers other non-M versions of various BMWs. The S55 is the same engine that powers the new M3 and M4, albeit with different power ratings. No official ratings have been released, but we speculate somewhere between 360 and 380 horsepower.

This makes us wonder why BMW would use an official M-car engine in a non-M offering. Nevertheless, it should make for blistering performance and stump-pulling low-end torque. This will be combined with a grin-inducing high-end rush that is courtesy of a 7,600-rpm redline. Expect both automatic and manual transmission offerings.

Interior

We have no official interior details, but expect the current, attractive X3 interior to receive the usual M-badged touches, such as a redesigned M-spec steering wheel and perhaps special seats with contrast stitching.

Suspension and Brakes

Upgraded brakes and a more aggressively-tuned suspension are likely part of the package, allowing this overgrown, four-door coupe handle with the best of `em.

Price

Expect at the very least a $10,000 premium over the current top-line X4 xDrive35i’s $48,000 base price.

More details to come as we receive them.

Competitors

2015 Porsche Macan

Porsche Macan

The Macan is an exciting new offering from Porsche. Based on the competent Audi Q5 platform with a bevy of Porsche-specific upgrades, performance is blistering, and the Macan has already been touted as offering a better all-around driving experience than the Cayenne.

Performance is stout, with a choice of two twin-turbocharged, V-6 engines coupled with the acclaimed, seven-speed PDK transmission. Power is routed to the ground via Porsche’s rear-biased all-wheel-drive system.

The base Macan S makes 340 horsepower from its 3.0-liter V-6, while the Macan Turbo uses a larger, 3.6-liter version that increases output to an even 400 horsepower.

Prices start at $49,900 for the base Macan S, while the Macan Turbo beings life at a cool $72,300. Expect, in typical Porsche fashion, to pay an exorbitant amount more once the option list starts filling up.

2014 Audi SQ5

Audi SQ5 TFSI

Don’t discredit the Q5 line simply because Porsche tweaked the platform with its own version. The SQ5 takes the already agile Q5 and adds the brand’s supercharged, 3.0-liter V-6. Classy styling upgrades and special badges complete the package.

In the SQ5 application, additional ponies have found their way in, with 354 being the official horsepower rating. The torque rating is a hefty 347 foot-pounds. Power reaches the ground via Audi Audi ’s legendary quattro all-wheel-drive system, and cog-swapping duties are handled by the praised ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, re-tuned for duty in the SQ5 for faster and crisper shifts.

Pricing for the SQ5 begins at a not-too-bad $52,795. Seeing as this is the top-dog offering in the Q5 lineup, compared with the previously mentioned Porsche Macan, this is a relative bargain. This is also very competitive with the current BMW X4’s pricing.

BMW X4

BMW X4

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