BMW Debuts Performance M2 & X4 M40i Models in Detroit
BMW this week took the wraps off its M2 performance coupe and gave Detroit Auto Show media a view of the new X4 M40i premium fastback small SAV (sport activity vehicle). The two models, on display at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), will reach U.S. showrooms in the first months of 2016.
The 2016 BMW M2, based on a 2 Series small premium car, is an M Performance model that features sleek exterior and interior design. Powered by the new twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter straight 6-cylinder engine that produces 365 horsepower and 343 lb.-ft. of torque when mated with a 6-speed automatic, the M2 is available with an optional dual manual clutch transmission. The M2 moves from 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds, according to BMW, and is equipped with ConnectedDrive with collision and pedestrian warning systems, lane-departure alert, and park distance control. It will go on sale in April. Pricing for the new M2 was revealed during the Detroit Auto Show: $52,695 (including destination charge).
BMW also showed off its X4 M40i compact premium SAV with a swoop back roof. Between a car and a crossover, the X4 M40i has the edgy drive technology of the M engine, which generates 355 horsepower and 343 lb.-ft. of torque when mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The new X4 M40i will race ahead to an electronically limited 150 mph and will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds, BMW says. Design and technology for the new X4 M40i include a muscular exterior and a chassis tuned to M Performance specs. BMW ConnectedDrive, intelligent xDrive, and TwinScroll turbo technology are standard. The BMW X4 M40i will be available in U.S. showrooms in February with an MSRP of $58,795 (including destination charge).
In additional comments during the auto show press days, Ian Robertson, BMW Group marketing and sales chief, said BMW’s M lineup global sales climbed 65% in 2015 vs. 2014.