New sporty BMW X4 M40i revealed
After photos were leaked early, we all got a sneak preview of the new BMW model that was originally set to be revealed at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November. Now, officially announced early, the new model is the M40i, the latest product in BMW’s M Performance line and a version of their X4 sports crossover. Set to be released in February 2016 and based on the ‘crossover coupe’, the model may be the sportiest SUV in its range, thanks to the improved technical aspects and sleek design.
The most exciting upgrades to the X4 M40i sit underneath the hood. Featuring a brand new M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6 cylinder 3.0-litre engine, the car has some impressive figures: 355hp, 343-lb-ft of torque and 0-60mph in just 4.7 seconds, an upgrade from the 5.2 seconds of its older sibling, the X4 35i. Unless you’re fluent in BMW, you won’t see much of a difference between this and the 35i’s exterior but that’s because the power waits below the surface.
The chassis has been newly designed to meet the sport half of the crossover, which makes the M40i stand out from previous X4 models. The exhaust system has also been improved, now featuring two tailpipes, one on each side, both finished in classic black chrome. The changes allow the car to sound powerful, a desirable feature for its new sporty character. The car features an 8 speed STEPTRONIC sports transmission (automatic), enabling the driver to accelerate in all conditions. There is also the option to have Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, which BMW has guaranteed gives an increased feel and measure in the driving dynamics.
BMW have made it clear for buyers and on-lookers that when you see the M40i, you know it’s a BMW M Performance model. Featuring classic BMW M Performance aspects, like the xDrive all-wheel drive as standard, model-specific doors and an M leather wrapped steering wheel, just to name a few. On top of those, the M40i does have a few exclusive features; the most obvious being the new colour option. Aptly named Long Beach Blue (metallic), the shade certainly won’t be to everyone’s taste but you can’t argue that it doesn’t stand out.
It’s unsure whether the M40i will be available in the UK but the car is set for release in North America and parts of Europe. Official pricing and release dates are yet to be announced but we know it’ll reach dealers in time for next February.
Image credit: http://www.bimmerfile.com/2015/09/30/world-premier-the-new-bmw-x4-m40i/