Hardcore BMW X4 M SUV Spied At The Nurburgring

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The M-powered X4 is expected to pack at least 450 horses under the hood.

BMW recently unveiled the new second-generation X4 to capitalize on the current coupe-style crossover craze, featuring refreshed styling, less weight, and an abundance of new tech. The range-topping M40i performance model packs a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six delivering 360 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque - that's enough power to enable the crossover to hit 0-62 mph in 4.8 seconds and a 155-mph top speed. Its performance is respectable, but by no means potent. Good thing, then, that the hot BMW X4 M is coming.

Our spy photographers recently caught the high-performance SUV flexing its muscles at the Nurburgring, and while it's covered in camouflage, there are plenty of styling cues suggesting we're looking at the hardcore X4. At the front is a more aggressive front fascia with a restyled bumper, larger air intakes, and intercoolers for the turbochargers. Its larger wheels and tires, beefy brake calipers, and cross-drilled rotors are also easy to spot - clearly, this is not a standard BMW X4. Further highlighting the X4 M's sporty credentials are quad exhaust tips, prominent lip spoilers at the rear, and signature BMW M mirrors. Of course, the full-fat X4 M won't just have cosmetic changes.

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Under the hood, the performance SUV is expected to pack the same 3.0-liter, twin-turbo inline-six engine as the M3 and M4, which will reportedly send at least 450 horsepower to all four wheels through an automatic transmission. 0-62 mph should take around four seconds in the hardcore X4. The new X4 is arriving in dealerships in July, so the M version should go on sale later this year.

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