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2016 BMW X4 M40i Release Date, Price and Specs – Roadshow

It may seem an unlikely vehicle to introduce what BMW touts as a “newly developed M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6 cylinder gasoline engine,” but the awkward-looking X4 receives a performance treatment from BMW’s M division for the Detroit auto show.

The X4 came out in 2014 as a more compact version of the X6, a coupe version of an SUV if you like, its tailgate taking on fastback style. The available engines were in line with that of its similar-sized cars, with turbocharged four and six cylinders.

The X4 M40i’s turbocharged 3-liter six-cylinder engine takes a step ahead of the turbocharged six in the X4 xDrive35i, increasing output from 302 to 355 horsepower, and creating 343 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers mean that the X4 M40i gets to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, very quick for this odd little beast.

2016 BMW X4 M40i

The X4 uses a fastback-style hatchback, emphasizing style over utility.

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BMW’s M division also took a crack at the fixed suspension, giving it and the electric power steering a sport tune. However, an adaptive suspension does not seem to be on the option list for the X4 M40i, which could greatly help its high-speed handling.

Its xDrive all-wheel-drive system, tuned for a rear-wheel bias, should make it more agile, and BMW fits it with staggered wheels, 19-inch Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires measuring 245 millimeters width in the front and 275 millimeters for the rears.

Unlike some of its other M models, the steering wheel lacks an M button, which would let drivers instantly apply customized sport settings. This omission suggests that the X4 M40i isn’t as M as its performance-rated siblings, something you also might guess just by looking at its shape.

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