Word about Porsche’s latest niche project, the compact-Cayenne Macan crossover SUV, has been shaking up the industry and competitors are not taking the Zuffenhausen-brand lightly. To feed the already growing fire, reports are saying that BMW will be attempting to duke it out with the Porsche Macan by producing an X4M.
Because the base Macan Turbo is expected to don a turbocharged V6 good for 360hp, BMW have apparently said that the X4M will utilize the next M3’s new inline-six, which has been derived from the current N55 turbocharged inline-six, which pretty much provides power for every inline-six powered BMW with a “whatever35i” today.
It will be reworked however using BMW’s latest technology. Power will be transferred to all four wheels using a torque-sensing differential. The cog swapper is most likely to be a ZF-sourced dual-clutch automatic transmission, complete with BMW M-Divisions M-DCT programming. A manual transmission is not being considered as BMW sees no justification for an option in any of the X4M’s potential market.
On a slightly separate note, in the same report, BMW apparently hinted that they’ll be producing an M-Performance version of the Z4 roadster, which is expected to be unveiled at next year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This comes after reports of the aforementioned N55 engine, is said to take duty in this supposed M-Performance BMW Z4. So for those wanting another Z4M rendition, that will most likely be the next-closest thing to a new version.
– By: Chris Chin