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    • M3 on stilts? 2015 F26 X4M model coming

      The BMW X4 is not yet available for sale but it appears BMW is planning on adding an M model to the X4 lineup. Whether you like the idea of M SUV's or not, this move makes a lot of sense. There really is nothing in the marketplace to challenge the Porsche Macan with its turbocharged six cylinder powerplants and dual clutch transmission. An X4M would be a natural rival to the Macan Turbo and considering how well the X5M and X6M sell this move is no surprise.

      What will the X4M have under the hood? The move that makes the most sense is for the X4M to share the M3/M4 drivetrain. That means 425 horsepower, 406 pound-feet of torque, from the twin turbocharged S55 3.0 liter inline-6 motor. The question would be whether BMW would be able to give it a dual clutch transmission and all wheel drive as they currently do not have any dual clutch all wheel drive M models. The X5M and X6M both have automatic transmissions unlike the M5 and M6.

      To rival the Macan a dual clutch with all wheel drive would be necessary. Additionally, BMW would have an SUV that could answer the challenge of the Audi RS Q3 and the Mercedes GLA45 AMG.

      Keep in mind, this is not 100% confirmed as the report from Car and Driver does not quote any official BMW sources. Hopefully Car and Driver is not just trolling for hits. BMW officially went on record last year stating they feared an X4M would eat into X6 sales. The arrival of the Macan may have just changed someone's mind. An X4M appears inevitable.


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      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        This is my obligatory post on the whoring out of the m brand... My job is done
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        MONEY MONEY MONEY GIVE US MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY

        I prefer this though to many of the other moves they have done.
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        I just wish it didn't use the m3/4 drive train. The only car the m3 has ever shared an engine with is the z4/z3 and understandably so
      1. SSO95's Avatar
        SSO95 -
        ghey
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by G0TB00ST? Click here to enlarge
        I just wish it didn't use the m3/4 drive train. The only car the m3 has ever shared an engine with is the z4/z3 and understandably so
        Well what should it have?

        Nothing is confirmed so that is just speculation on my part. I think it makes the most sense though.
      1. BlackJetE90OC's Avatar
        BlackJetE90OC -
        There are a lot normal or average M3 buyers that don't even remotely use an M3 for what it is designed to do. They would be better off getting an SAV version. At least they have some utility, rather than owning a car that never goes near a track.
      1. G0TB00ST?'s Avatar
        G0TB00ST? -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Well what should it have?

        Nothing is confirmed so that is just speculation on my part. I think it makes the most sense though.
        I don't know lol it just seems wrong to whore out a drivetrain that is as special and track focused as the m3's
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by G0TB00ST? Click here to enlarge
        I don't know lol it just seems wrong to whore out a drivetrain that is as special and track focused as the m3's
        I just don't see what else would work and be cost effective. Is BMW going to design a new motor just for this? Doubtful.

        Will they give it a V8? Nope, it will kill the big brothers and fuel economy.

        So, I think that is the most logical choice. Maybe a detuned version?
      1. BigM62's Avatar
        BigM62 -
        I think the Macan looks way better.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by BigM62 Click here to enlarge
        I think the Macan looks way better.
        I strongly agree.
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        give it an N63? LOL

        ED: detuned or destroked or something?
      1. spool twice's Avatar
        spool twice -
        if its profitable and able to allow future development of the beloved m3 line, then im all for whoring out the motorsports brand.
      1. Iskinner67's Avatar
        Iskinner67 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Flinchy Click here to enlarge
        give it an N63? LOL

        ED: detuned or destroked or something?
        +1