The stream of segment-busting BMW variants is showing no signs of letting up, and with the latest addition now upon us, questions have been circulating as to whether the Bavarian automaker would do an M version of the new X4 crossover. The jury may still be out on that proposition, but the latest intel suggests that, while a full-on X4 M may not be in the cards, a next-best-thing X4 M40i is in the works. And that appears to be what we're looking at in this fresh batch of spy shots.

Spotted for the first time undergoing testing in Germany, this X4 is tipped to be the next addition to the M Performance line that's already given us near-boiling models like the M135i and M235i on the one hand and the diesel-powered M550d, X5 M50d and X6 M50d on the other. Power in this case is tipped to come from the same 3.0-liter turbo six as the upcoming M2, producing between 360 and 380 horsepower.

Unlike the current top-of-that-specific-line X4 35i, which has two tailpipes on one side, this partially-camouflaged prototype has one pipe protruding from each corner of the rear bumper, but looks like it could easily accommodate twin pipes on both sides. Expect commensurate suspension, brake, rolling stock, aero and trim upgrades to come as part of the package, though they likely won't be quite as substantial as those applied to the X5 M and X6 M.

Sources expect the X4 M40i (or whatever it's ultimately called) to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015 before production gets underway in December.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Winnie Jenkems
      • 4 Months Ago
      why does this vehicle exist?
      • 4 Months Ago
      No longer using displacement as part of the nomenclature makes sense with the introduction of turbos. Fine. It would however make sense if the numerals in the model name represented horsepower - especially as this is something BMW can brag about. So this would be an X4 M370 (or something).
      • 4 Months Ago
      which one is this one?
      • 4 Months Ago
      Actually, BMW is smart to do this. If people are dumb enough to pay a premium to: 1. buy what is essentially a racing car with a high center-of-gravity; 2. pay extra for service and parts for a souped-up soccer-mom people hauler; why not sell to them?
      • 4 Months Ago
      I think that it's great that BMW is making the X4 into an M and not the Z. That wouldn't make any sense.
      • 4 Months Ago
      So there's no business case for a high-performance 4GC, but BMW can slap M badges on this bumbling, life-crisis special? People suck.
      • 4 Months Ago
      They can offer a different model for just about anyone, and also not go bankrupt, ahem. I approve.