Details and images of BMW’s powered-up X4 M SUV have leaked in the days leading up to the official unveiling, including specs on the turbocharged six-cylinder engine.
Enthusiast site Bimmertoday has posted the details, revealing the 3.0 litre engine will be good for 265kW and 465Nm - up around 40kW and 65Nm over the xDrive35i variant.
The model will wear the M40i badge, and rumours suggest the same engine could power the M2 coupe which is set to join the 2 Series range.
All-wheel-drive is guaranteed for the X4 M40i via BMW’s xDrive system, and the German carmaker’s eight-speed automatic will likely be the transmission of choice matched with paddle shifters.
The M40i will hit 100km/h from rest in 4.9 seconds, making it 0.6 seconds faster than the xDrive35i, and the top speed is electronically limited to 250km/h.
Besides new 19-inch alloy wheels wearing different-sized tyres from front to rear, along with a split twin exhaust setup and various air intakes and badging, BMW fans may struggle to identify the new model against the existing X4 variants with the optional M Sport styling pack.
Inside it’s a similar story, with the leaked pics showing M40i door sill signage and a sports steering wheel, but otherwise the M40i continues with the M Sport theme.
No word yet on pricing for European markets, which will be the first to see the new model. Likewise, details on an Australian launch are yet to be confirmed.
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