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BMW M40i Revealed

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The first ‘M Performance variant of BMW’s latest crossover, the X4, has been unveiled. 

 Having been leaked online last week, BMW has responded by releasing the official specification, although a European release date and price figure remain a mystery.

 With regards to the drive-train, the M40i reconfigures the xDrive35i’s engine and chassis, allowing it to produce more power and giving the chassis dynamics a more performance-orientated character.

 The M40i’s 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder boasts 355bhp between 5,800 and 6,000rpm ¬– an increase of 54bhp over the xDrive35i – as well as 343lb-ft of torque.

 In order to transfer this power to the road, BMW have mated the engine to a tweaked eight-speed automatic. Launch control is standard.

 This emphasis on performance means the crossover can reach 60mph in 4.7secs, translating as a 0.6sec reduction from the xDrive35i. The new car remains restricted to 155mph.

 Reflecting its ‘M’ influence, the M40i packs a recalibrated four-wheel-drive system, with a greater deal of power being sent to the rear wheels during normal driving situations. This is further complimented by stronger springs and M Performance dampers.

 Styling remains understated, however the 19in alloys, twin exhausts, M Sport steering wheel, grey accented front bumper and mirrors hint at the improved dynamics beneath.

 The car can also be specified with 20in two-tone wheels fitted with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, as well as the Long Beach Blue body colour unique to the M40i. Seven other hues are available.

 The new range-topper is expected to make its way into showrooms early next year.

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