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2016 BMW M2 and X4 M40i: Mmmm indeed

Published on January 28 2016

The Bavarian giant’s latest foray into dynamic driving machines were both met with applause, and for good reason.

On the pursuit of excellence

Over the years BMW has conditioned us to associate power, prestige and performance with one letter in particular in the alphabet: M. Well, they’ve done it again. Revealed at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Bavarian giant’s latest foray into dynamic driving machines were both met with applause, and for good reason.

Carrying on with a trend first started by the X6, the X4 features coupe-like lines with crossover qualities and abilities. Strong lines and muscular haunches ensure the BMW X4 makes the right impression on the road and has some serious presence. Nestled in nicely between the X3 and X5, the X4 offers up space, all-weather capabilities, as well as amenities and luxuries you’ve come to expect from BMW.

Now, what about that M thrown into the name? Well, the X4 M40i is essentially a hopped up X4 xDrive35i. Featuring the same turbocharged 3.0L inline-6 as the 35i, BMW’s tweaked it a bit to offer up 355 horsepower and 343 lb-ft of torque (+55 hp and +43 lb-ft of torque over the non-M version).

While there is an increase in power and performance, this isn’t a real M car so to speak. It falls into the same category as the M235i. However, that doesn’t change the fact that this compact crossover is dynamic in all the right ways.

In a word the M2 is: Perfection.

If it’s a real M car you’re interested in, then look no further than the second car launched by BMW at the Detroit Auto Show: the 2016 M2.

Successor to the wildly popular 1M Coupe, this rear-wheel drive coupe is perfectly proportioned, styled to the nth degree, and every car enthusiast’s wet dream. BMW’s managed to take all the best bits from the 1M and put them in an updated and much more aggressive version of the 2 Series that truly embodies the essence of what M cars stand for.

So, what’s under the beautifully sculpted, muscular hood? The same turbocharged inline-6 mill found in the M235i is present, but BMW’s tweaked it in just the right way to increase power from 320 horsepower to 365, and 343 lb-ft over 330. The M2 also features an overboost function that’ll increase torque to 369 lb-ft as low as 1,450 RPM. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard, while a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available, and power is sent to rear wheels.

To find out more about these fabulously dynamic rides from the Bavarian manufacturer, make sure you head down to Elite BMW today to speak to one of our experts. And you’re definitely going to want to remember to book a test drive of both the X4 M40i and of course the M2.

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