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      10-21-2014, 11:59 PM   #1
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The upcoming X4 M40i has now been spotted without camouflage. While not a full blown M model, this X4 has been tweaked by BMW M just like the M135i, M235i, X5 M50d, and M550d "M Performance Automobiles."

And like the other M Performance Automobiles, the X4 M40i will receive the full M Sport treatment (aero kit, wheels, brakes, interior) along with a sportier suspension and chassis.

But, the X4 M40i is particularly important because our upcoming models info shows that it will be powered by a new reworked N55 3.0L turbo six engine (N55B30T0) producing around 370-380 PS (365-375 HP), which will also power the BMW M2 when it arrives in early 2016.

The X4 M40i begins production December 2015.

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I like it, but I'm sure I would like the M2 better
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Still has the ugliest face of any production or concept BMW ever made, ever. But the engine should help it close the gap to the Macan a little more - I guess it depends how they price it.
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Frogger. That front is terrible. Like the stance on it though. Why does a non m-car get an "m" engine?
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Good stuff, now when does the 3 and 4 series get this?
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Frogger. That front is terrible. Like the stance on it though. Why does a non m-car get an "m" engine?
It's not an M engine. Similar to 1M.
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Still has the ugliest face of any production or concept BMW ever made, ever. But the engine should help it close the gap to the Macan a little more - I guess it depends how they price it.
Did I miss somewhere that Dr Frankenstein had been recently appointed as the director of BMW X ?
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funny the price will even go higher and no brainer for me choosing still the regular Macan
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It says POWERED BY SAME ENGUNE TO COME IN M2 IN 2016 with 365-375hp
Such a grumpy face lol
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Dear lord, BMW has copied nearly everything from Audi and now the stupid oval exhaust too? No!!!
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It's not an M engine. Similar to 1M.
But surely you can see where this harms the perception of the engine in the M2?

"Introducing the M2. Powered by the same N55B30T0 engine found in a compact SAV offering by the same manufacturer."

Might as well put the same engine in a minivan.

Blech I mean, I get it. Bespoke engines are bad for the bottom line. There's a ton of R&D cost that has to be recuperated, but it's really making the M2 look like the bastard child of the M lineup.

The resulting car is going to have to be out of this world, or the press is going to eat it alive. A lot of the same criticisms were levied against the 1M:

"It's a parts bin car."

"It doesn't have a 'real' M-engine."

But when people drove it, those facts took a back seat to the experience. The 1M was/is a hoot to drive. M had better deliver with the M2, because if it is at all soft, toned down, or numb, it's going to get eaten alive in the press and in the minds of buyers.
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On the up side, we've got just under a year left on our X3, and I've been eyeballing the X4 as a replacement. An X4 M40i might be just the ticket!
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It's not an M engine. Similar to 1M.
But surely you can see where this harms the perception of the engine in the M2?

"Introducing the M2. Powered by the same N55B30T0 engine found in a compact SAV offering by the same manufacturer."

Might as well put the same engine in a minivan.

Blech I mean, I get it. Bespoke engines are bad for the bottom line. There's a ton of R&D cost that has to be recuperated, but it's really making the M2 look like the bastard child of the M lineup.

The resulting car is going to have to be out of this world, or the press is going to eat it alive. A lot of the same criticisms were levied against the 1M:

"It's a parts bin car."

"It doesn't have a 'real' M-engine."

But when people drove it, those facts took a back seat to the experience. The 1M was/is a hoot to drive. M had better deliver with the M2, because if it is at all soft, toned down, or numb, it's going to get eaten alive in the press and in the minds of buyers.
M5 shares its power plant with the X5M (and is closely related to the X5 50i and 550i/650i). Those seem to sell well.

I don't think you're actually upset that a largely series/production engine is being utilized in the X4M (it makes sense); but rather, that the M2 won't be equipped with a proper M engine (with what that even means, at this point, being a question unto itself).

Me personally- I bet it's a fine power plant, one that will suit both uses well.

The M2 chassis is what should really shine.
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looks the same as my Msport X4 i have now except for dual exhaust. Hopefully it doesnt cost a lot more becuase for a lot more money i would expect it to look different as well
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M5 shares its power plant with the X5M (and is closely related to the X5 50i and 550i/650i). Those seem to sell well.

I don't think you're actually upset that a largely series/production engine is being utilized in the X4M (it makes sense); but rather, that the M2 won't be equipped with a proper M engine (with what that even means, at this point, being a question unto itself).

Me personally- I bet it's a fine power plant, one that will suit both uses well.

The M2 chassis is what should really shine.
Yes but the M5 and the X5M are full blown M cars. This is an X4 M40i not an X4M.
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Still has the ugliest face of any production or concept BMW ever made, ever. But the engine should help it close the gap to the Macan a little more - I guess it depends how they price it.
Did I miss somewhere that Dr Frankenstein had been recently appointed as the director of BMW X ?
haha lmfao so nasty looking ... what kind of aliens buy this mess
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Is this real life?
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M5 shares its power plant with the X5M (and is closely related to the X5 50i and 550i/650i). Those seem to sell well.

I don't think you're actually upset that a largely series/production engine is being utilized in the X4M (it makes sense); but rather, that the M2 won't be equipped with a proper M engine (with what that even means, at this point, being a question unto itself).

Me personally- I bet it's a fine power plant, one that will suit both uses well.

The M2 chassis is what should really shine.
Yes but the M5 and the X5M are full blown M cars. This is an X4 M40i not an X4M.
X5M is a full blown M car just doesn't sound right. I understand your reasoning, but I bet you would struggle to find many on here who think X5Ms and X6Ms are real M cars.
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I love all the hate on these boards, at this point I would say 50% of BMWs are hated by people here, maybe you should go over to an Audi or Mercedes forum instead...

These cars sell, in the US and overseas, which is why they keep making them and new versions of them. This thing will sell like crazy in certain markets.

I personally like it, wasn't crazy when I saw photos but saw a few in person the other day and thought they looked nice, different (good different) which is why my wife likes them. And for those who say its not "practical", sure it is, the trunk floor area is the same as the X3, it just looses air space at the top and my family loads up our X3 maybe 2-3 days per year, meaning the rest of the time the X4 would work perfectly. My wife likes the higher ride height compared to a wagon or GT, which is why there is a niche for this car, the few thousand people that it fits perfectly for.

All the comparisons to the Macan are amusing, have you guys all seen them in person? personally I prefer the X4 style wise (exterior only), and this M40i will run circles around the Macan S for about the same price, can't compare it to the Turbo as that's $80K once optioned out. I just don't want to deal with Porsche maintenance.

Anyone who loves cars and understands business should understand what BMW is doing and appreciate what they are doing (for future development of their company)

Also, please everyone stop with the "real M car" crap, as has been said before M=Marketing now, it isn't much different than AMG or S/RS, its just a letter BMW uses to describe something as being "sporty and premium", so if you see someone in a M40i is the first thing you are thinking "its not a real M" LOL, WHO CARES, its the highest performing X3/X4 they offer and that's what should matter.
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It's not an M engine. Similar to 1M.
But surely you can see where this harms the perception of the engine in the M2?

"Introducing the M2. Powered by the same N55B30T0 engine found in a compact SAV offering by the same manufacturer."

Might as well put the same engine in a minivan.

Blech I mean, I get it. Bespoke engines are bad for the bottom line. There's a ton of R&D cost that has to be recuperated, but it's really making the M2 look like the bastard child of the M lineup.

The resulting car is going to have to be out of this world, or the press is going to eat it alive. A lot of the same criticisms were levied against the 1M:

"It's a parts bin car."

"It doesn't have a 'real' M-engine."

But when people drove it, those facts took a back seat to the experience. The 1M was/is a hoot to drive. M had better deliver with the M2, because if it is at all soft, toned down, or numb, it's going to get eaten alive in the press and in the minds of buyers.
Agreed. Although 1M does not have a bespoked engine but a retuned N54, the engine is nevertheless unique to the 1M. It seems M2 would share an engine with this ugly X4MP and who knows how many more other mutants?!
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Originally Posted by Alex_bm View Post
It's not an M engine. Similar to 1M.
But surely you can see where this harms the perception of the engine in the M2?

"Introducing the M2. Powered by the same N55B30T0 engine found in a compact SAV offering by the same manufacturer."

Might as well put the same engine in a minivan.

Blech I mean, I get it. Bespoke engines are bad for the bottom line. There's a ton of R&D cost that has to be recuperated, but it's really making the M2 look like the bastard child of the M lineup.

The resulting car is going to have to be out of this world, or the press is going to eat it alive. A lot of the same criticisms were levied against the 1M:

"It's a parts bin car."

"It doesn't have a 'real' M-engine."

But when people drove it, those facts took a back seat to the experience. The 1M was/is a hoot to drive. M had better deliver with the M2, because if it is at all soft, toned down, or numb, it's going to get eaten alive in the press and in the minds of buyers.
M5 shares its power plant with the X5M (and is closely related to the X5 50i and 550i/650i). Those seem to sell well.

I don't think you're actually upset that a largely series/production engine is being utilized in the X4M (it makes sense); but rather, that the M2 won't be equipped with a proper M engine (with what that even means, at this point, being a question unto itself).

Me personally- I bet it's a fine power plant, one that will suit both uses well.

The M2 chassis is what should really shine.
This is not the x4m. It's an m-performance x4. That's what people have issues with when using a m-esque engine that is designed for the "m"2.
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This thing is fugly.

That being said, while many of you may not consider the x5m a real m car, I disagree. I had tracked mine before we got rid of it earlier this year and it is very capable for what it is. It's a boat, but doesn't feel like it. I don't know how those m engineers managed that feat, but I'm glad they did. I'm looking forward to the next one.
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