The 2016 BMW X4 is about to get "M"-ified this winter. The M40i represents the new range-topping model in the X4 lineup, and it has all the additional power and other upgrades you would expect on an M vehicle.
Under the sheetmetal, look for a 3.0-liter M Performance TwinPower turbocharged inline-six, a new engine that makes its debut in the X4 M40i. The powerplant delivers 355 hp and 343 lb-ft of torque and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. BMW estimates that 0-60 mph comes in 4.7 seconds, making it a bit quicker than the old range-topping X4 xDrive35i. That model achieved a 5.2-second run in both BMW and Motor Trend tests.
As anticipated, the M model receives a specially tuned chassis with stronger springs and stabilizer bars. Its retuned all-wheel drive system delivers more power to the rear wheels during normal operation. Meanwhile, Performance Control is intended to provide special tuning to improve steering response, allowing the driver to make fewer steering corrections.
Other details on the body and inside the cabin enhance the experience. Only on the X4 M40i can you get two-tone 20-inch double-spoke light-alloy wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The BMW X4 M40i is available in a model-exclusive Long Beach Blue metallic color. A sport exhaust system with black chrome tailpipes also makes the sports coupe stand out from the pack. M details can be seen on the steering wheel, gear shift, sport seats, door sills, and instrument cluster.
Standard tech goodies on every X4 M40i include park distance control, xenon adaptive headlights and LED fog lights, and the aforementioned Performance Control feature. Buyers can also opt for a head-up display, navigation system, and a wide variety of apps.
The BMW X4 M40i goes on sale in February.