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BMW X4 M40i – first drive and debut in China at Beijing Auto Show

Some weeks after the market start of the BMW X4 M40i in Europa an the US, the car debuts in China - at the Beijing Auto Show. Photos from there as well as first impressions from our testdrive in the US!

BMW X4 M40i feiert Asien-Premiere in China

First thing I realized, while driving the new BMW X4 M40i, was: That car is fast. Seriously fast. „Better, Fasten your seatbelts“-fast. On paper it may not look that impressive. But when you get into the seat of an 1.9 tons heavy car that speeds up from 0 to 100 km/h (0-60 mph) in just 4.9 seconds … Uh, that feels really fast!

But to be honest: That’s not the point for the BMW X4 M40i.
The real thing about this car is, that it is just so good, when you drive it. And because the car is that big, that heavy and also got this sophisticated allwheel-drive you just can go fast with it, wherever you want. Could be a street, a track or even the the next cow trail … Not that I tested it there. But I was on those windy, wacky, dirty streets in the californian boondocks somewhere near Monterey (yes, you might know that city from Laguna Seca Raceway) with the car. And yes, there may be better roads to go on a testdrive. A german Autobahn, for example. But regardless how bad, sunburned or draggled the streets were – the BMW X4 M40i always performed like you might expect – superior.

BMW X4 M40i testdrive in the US

And with this superior attitude the new X4 now shows up in Asia.
After its market-start in Europe and the US, the BMW X4 M40i debuts at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.
And like you might expect – the chinese just love it. Because it’s an SUV, because it’s an BMW, because it has power …

To become a true „M Performance Car“ the BMW X4 was specially tuned: Stronger springs and stabilizers, increased camber on the front axle, the adaptive dampers were specifically tuned to M Performance specifications, larger breaks, and the BMW xDrive four wheel drive system includes a Performance Control.

BMW X4 M40i feiert Asien-Premiere in China

Power comes from the newly developed M performance TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder petrol engine, which was built with parts from the engine that works in the BMW M3 and M4. This petrol engine delivers 265 kW/360 hp from its three-litre capacity, providing a maximum torque of 465 Nm.

In the end every single improvement done, made the BMW X4 M40i a damn good car. Not a sports car at all, but the sportiest Sports Activity Car you can buy in the segment for the moment …

Published: 27. April 2016

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Thomas Gigold has been writing about cars for more than ten years. He loves long road trips, is father of three and lives in Germany. Thomas is the Editor-in-chief at the MOTOR SHOW BLOG. Learn more.

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