BMW X4 M Is Ready To Bring the Fight To The Mercedes-AMG GLC Coupe

The first-generation BMW X4 didn’t receive the full M treatment but that’s going to change when the second-generation model is introduced later this year.

Set to battle the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 Coupe, the all-new X4 M will be a high-performance crossover that features a sporty front fascia with a prominent grille and massive air intakes. Moving further back, we can see stylish wheels which cover a high-performance braking system with cross drilled rotors and massive calipers.

The aggressive styling continues at the rear as the X4 M appears to have two small roof spoilers and a full-width spoiler on the top of the tailgate. Of course, one of the biggest indicators that this isn’t an ordinary X4 is the four-tailpipe sports exhaust system.

The X4 and X4 M will ride on the CLAR architecture which should result in significant weight savings. There’s no word on specifics but the X3 dropped up to 121 lbs (55 kg) in its recent redesign thanks to the increased use of aluminum and state-of the-art composites.

A twin-turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine will reportedly reside under the hood and produce around 450 hp (335 kW). This would be a serious boost over the outgoing X4 M40i which has 355 hp (264 kW) and 343 lb-ft (464 Nm) of torque. In the latter model, the engine enables the crossover to run from 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of up to 150 mph (241 km/h).

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  • LWOAP

    Oh, god; another crossover.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      You mean another hunch back cross thingy. Thank the Germans for breeding these things. Audi is about to join Merc and BMW with at least 2 models.
      The Japanese have tried and have quit thank goodness. The ZDX was kinda nice though…

      • Cool guy

        The ZDX was ugly!

  • Bash

    Not as nice as the merc, will have to wait for the production car to better judge, but at least, from what I see here, the GLC is a bit of a looker.

    • Kaisuke971

      Yeah idk i find the GLC kinda ugly compared to a Macan or a Velar (which are not exactly coupes, but same spirit). It looks better than the current X4, but that’s not much of an achievement really.

      If the GLC is a threat in any way it’s performance wise, because the X4 will be down on cylinders and thus power/torque (but maybe weight too)

  • SteersUright

    Only the X6 pulls off this look impressively. The X4 is oddly proportioned and quite ungainly.

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