The BMW X4 M40i has made its public debut at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, sporting 355 horsepower and 343 pound-feet of torque.
Although the sporty SUV was officially unveiled by the German automaker late last year, this is the first time it has made a public appearance. The BMW X4 M40i will serve as the top-of-the-line model in the X4’s range and will begin arriving dealerships next year. Compared to the standard X4, the M40i variant is differentiated on the outside by exclusive Ferric Gray metallic accents that can be found on the front of the SUV and on the side mirrors as well. It also offers exclusive optional 20-inch M light-alloy, double-spoke wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires.
With the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six engine providing plenty of performance, BMW gave the X4 M40i a sport exhaust system so it can sound the part. Black Chrome exhaust tips finish off the unique styling of the SUV.
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Offering best-in-class acceleration, the X4 M40i does the zero-to-60 mph sprint in 4.7 seconds and benefits from stronger springs and stabilizers, increased camber on the front axle and adaptive dampers specifically tuned to M Performance specifications. In other words, it handles just as well as it looks. The German automaker also added that the xDrive all-wheel-drive system has been recalibrated so that more power is routed to the rear wheels during normal driving conditions.
As expected, the interior has been outfitted with various M Performance accessories, including model-specific door sills, leather-wrapped steering wheel and gear shift lever. Nevada Leather upholstery is standard on the model as well as keyless entry, lumbar support and satellite radio with one-year subscription.
The model will come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission and looks to bridge the gap between the standard X4 models and an X4 M if it arrives in the future.
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