The BMW X4 M40i has been seen in development guise since last autumn
The model seen here has been named the X4 M40i
Key changes over the standard X4 include styling modifications to the front, sides and rear
New twin exhaust exits can be seen at the rear of the test car
This model sports a blacked-out kidney grille at the front
The model is due to be revealed at the Detroit motor show next year
BMW has launched a new M-Performance model in the form of a hot X4 M40i. The SUV has made its public debut at today’s Detroit motor show and will go on sale in the UK during the first quarter of 2016.
The BMW X4 M40i sits at the top of the BMW X4 line-up. Although the UK price has yet to be determined, it is likely to be pitched above the existing £49,295 X4 xdrive35d M Sport, according to highly placed BMW sources.
The Munich company vows that the X4 M40i will “set the benchmark in its segment for outstanding driving dynamics”.
Power comes from a newly developed M Performance TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder in-line petrol engine. The three-litre unit produces 355bhp between 5800-6000rpm and generates peak torque of 343lb ft. The BMW X4 M40i covers the 0-62mph sprint in 4.9sec and can achieve a restricted top speed of 155mph.
By comparison, the turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel powered X4 xDrive35d M Sport hits 62mph in 5.2sec, with a top speed of 154mph.
Combined fuel consumption for the X4 M40i is put at 32.9mpg according to BMW’s own claimed figures and CO2 emissions are 199g/km.
The BMW X4 M40i’s sports suspension is fitted with uprated springs and anti-toll bars and also has increased camber on the front axle, M Performance specifications for the adaptive dampers and the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system with rear-wheel-drive characteristics.
The exterior gets M Performance adornments such as bespoke colour accents on the front of the car, 20in double-spoke light-alloy wheels and a sports exhaust system with valve control and black chrome tailpipes.
The interior has a leather steering wheel, M gearshift lever, sport seats and model-specific door sill plates.
Get the latest car news, reviews and galleries from Autocar direct to your inbox every week. Enter your email address below: