BMW X4 M40i Spied Testing to Tide You Over Until M4

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

BMW is hoping an X4 M40i will tide performance buyers over until a proper X4 M is developed.

Although rumors of a high-performance X4 M have been stirring since the X4 debuted earlier this year, it is believed that the German automaker won’t prepare an actual X4 M until the model’s second generation. Instead, the company will offer an M Performance variant called the X4 M40i sporting a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbocharged engine with 360 to 380 hp.

SEE ALSO: 2015 X4 is BMW’s Latest Sports Activity Coupe‘s spy photographers have caught the X4 M40i testing sporting slightly bigger brakes than the X4 35i model and what appears to be a dual-exit exhaust setup. Since the X4 M40i will share its powerplant with the M2, expect it to be available with either an automatic or manual transmission. It is believed that the X4 M40i’s production will start in December 2015, so expect a debut at next year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Aug 04, 2014

    yeah they WOULD make an X4M before an M3 Wagon or M3 GT. Because who could possibly want a high performance wagon? Bravo for filling every niche except real ones.