Essen Motor Show Preview: 2015 BMW X4 (F26) receives M Performance Parts

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 14, 2014

If consider that the BMW X4 is not sportier enough for you, the Bavarian manufacturer announced new M Performance Parts for its latest vehicle. As a result, you can customize your X4 with a black version of the kidney grille, exterior mirror caps and a rear spoiler in carbon fiber. In addition, BMW offers M Performance accent strips in Black/Silver as well as a new set of light-alloy 21-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance tires.

The wheels feature a double-spoke design and have a bi-colour finish in Orbit Grey with polished spoke fonts. The interior can also be enhanced and BMW offers LED door sill plates in brush stainless-steel look with the illuminated BMW M Performance lettering, but also new trim strips in carbon.

The Steptronic or Steptronic Sport Transmissions features a carbon gear knob with the BMW M logo. Moreover, there is a new BMW M Performance steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara and featuring an attractive carbon trim, as well as a new set of stainless-steel pedal covers and the driver’s footrest.

And this is not all as BMW also offers new floor mats with M performance lettering and a new M Performance key case that continues the theme.

Thanks to the new BMW M Performance Power Kit, the X4 xDrive30d models can gain more power and according to BMW there kit raises the output by 27 hp (20 kW) to 286 hp (210 kW) and a maximum torque of 600 Nm (442 lb-ft).

This means an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds faster than the standard model.

Exclusively for the BMW X4 xDrive35i, the manufacturer offers an M Performance valve silencer that can be adjusted via Bluetooth. Twin-pipe BMW M Performance embellishers in chrome are also available for the BMW X4 xDrive20d.

BMW X4 is the first Sports Activity Coupe to enter the premium mid-size market segment. Like its stablemate, the unique, quarter million-selling BMW X6, the new X4 exudes a captivatingly distinctive road presence. It looks so much the part of a dynamically powerful Sports Activity Vehicle, yet also completely like a classically elegant sports coupe.

Uniquely purified expression of driving pleasure

Though the new BMW X4 derives its technical framework from the BMW X3, it immediately projects its own dynamically jovial character. Its length of 4,671 mm barely exceeds the X3 by 14 mm, while its height of 1,624 mm is actually even lower by 36 mm. The overall silhouette is seamlessly balanced with its proportions and exudes exclusivity.

At the front end, large air intakes on the outer edges and a front apron with clear character lines compose a robustly sportive image with a lowered visual centre. The vehicle leaves a road-hugging and sharply dynamic impression, which is underscored by the fog lamps set under the trademark BMW twin headlamps, an arrangement that composes the vividly defining "three-eyed" BMW X face.

The X4’s coupe-like roofline peaks above the front seat area, expressing BMW’s driver-oriented design heritage. The roofline slopes gradually down as it reaches the rear edge tailgate. This extended linear orientation keenly brings out the X4’s sportive appeal. Its overall distinctive design is made more so by having a modernised version of the BMW flank swage line – the X4 is the first model wherein this line is split in two.

The first segment starts at the front wheel arches and gracefully slopes upward to the rear door handles, accentuating the X4’s exceptional dynamism. The second line segment brings attention to the muscular rear wings. The sculpted C-pillars, the robust shoulders and the low-set broad rear are thematic continuations of the overall sportive character. These keep anyone intending to drive or ride the new BMW X4 to be constantly aware of its nonpareil performance.

Exclusively sporty interior

A uniquely luxurious cordial fusion of sportiness and elegance is revealed upon entering the new BMW X4. With a more road-hugging body that is 36 mm lower compared to the BMW X3, the driver and front passenger seats are 20 mm lower while the rear passenger seats are 28 mm lower. All occupants get to experience the classic sports coupe feel. This sensation is afforded even with three rear passengers, thanks to the car’s rear seat bench design. Its continuously moulded side supports provide the equivalent support of individual seats, but it accommodates three passengers.

Press Release

BMW X4 M Performance Parts

Munich. BMW is expanding its line-up of M Performance Parts from the Original BMW Accessories range in time for the Essen Motor Show 2014 (29.11–07.12. 2014). The new BMW M Performance Parts for the BMW X3 and BMW X4, BMW M3, BMW M4 Coupe and BMW M4 Convertible lend these models an even sharper sporting edge. As well as attractive design upgrades for the interior and exterior, the range also includes functional accessories which boost the performance of classical BMW models, for example, and inject more emotional appeal into the engine’s soundtrack. The new accessories bring the total number of BMW M Performance Parts designed to raise sporty driving pleasure another notch to over 1,200 – from a starter kit all the way to exhaust systems.

These model-specific BMW M Performance products from the accessories range, which are also available for other BMW model series, have been developed using the decades of racing experience and innovative power of BMW M GmbH. Thanks to the company’s deep reserves of expertise, customers can rest assured that the retrofit components have been adapted precisely to the character and qualities of the individual models. They also meet the uncompromising quality standards of the BMW Group as far as materials selection, design and quality of workmanship are concerned. All the products belong to the Original BMW Accessories range. When retrofitted, they do not in any way affect the warranty terms for the relevant vehicle.

Sporty new accents for the exterior of the BMW X3 and BMW X4.

The new BMW M Performance Parts shine an even brighter spotlight on the cars’ sporting ability and dynamic aura. Examples include a black version of the BMW kidney grille for the BMW X3 and BMW X4, as well as exterior mirror caps and a rear spoiler (BMW X4 only) in high-tech carbon. The carbon components have been elaborately manufactured by hand. Elsewhere, BMW M Performance accent strips in Black/Silver can be ordered for the BMW X3 and BMW X4 to highlight the two X models’ dynamic lines to pleasing effect.

And the BMW M Performance light-alloy wheels available for both the BMW X3 and the BMW X4 add further sporting emphasis to both the exterior design of the two cars and their driving characteristics. The high-quality forged wheels stand out with their distinctive design and low weight. They make an effective contribution to the reduction in the unsprung mass of the two cars, enhancing agility and steering responses in the process. The BMW M Performance light-alloy wheels come in 21-inch format and with mixed tyres. The two models each get their own take on a double-spoke design, complete with the now familiar BMW M Performance bi-colour finish in Orbit Grey with polished spoke fronts.

New aerodynamic components for the BMW M3, BMW M4 Coupe and BMW M4 Convertible.

As well as further enhancing the muscular athleticism of the BMW M3 and BMW M4, the main benefit of the BMW M Performance aerodynamic components for these high-performance sports cars can be found in further improvements to airflow at high speed. Customers can choose from a selection of items including add-on parts in carbon for the side sections of the front bumper, a front attachment made from polyurethane (PUR), a carbon rear diffuser and a carbon rear spoiler. PUR is also used for the side skirt attachments and a rear spoiler for the BMW M3. In addition, tri-colour side decals with “M Performance” lettering are available for the Sedan, Coupe and Convertible.

Even sportier interior featuring new M Performance Parts.

The new BMW M Performance Parts also include a host of attractive and sporting details for the interior of the BMW X3 and BMW X4. The LED door sill plates in brushed stainless-steel look with illuminated BMW M Performance lettering draw attention the moment you open the front doors. Battery power means they are extremely easy to retrofit, with no need for laying cables. The BMW M Performance interior trim strips in carbon or an Alcantara/carbon combination with M Performance lettering mark out the interior clearly from that of the standard cars and, like the Steptronic or Steptronic sport transmission’s carbon gearshift lever with BMW M logo, add a sporty and exclusive accent to the cockpit.

Another highlight in the new range of accessories for the interior of the BMW X3 and BMW X4 is the BMW M Performance steering wheel in Alcantara with attractive carbon trim. It is beautifully grippy, even in extreme driving situations, and remains equally pleasant to the touch in all temperatures. The BMW M Performance stainless-steel pedal covers and the driver’s footrest, meanwhile, provide a visually appealing and functional complement to the other M Performance Parts for the interior. The new M Performance key case continues the theme. With its sophisticated Alcantara/carbon material combination, M Light Blue accents and high-quality blue hex bolt, it blends in perfectly with the sporty and dynamic design of the new BMW M Performance Parts. The easy-care BMW M Performance floor mats, meanwhile, are a perfect fit and set the seal on the sporting looks of the interior. All four mats come with eye-catching M Performance lettering.

M Performance steering wheel with Race Display for the BMW M3 and BMW M4.

The BMW M Performance steering wheel with Alcantara covering, carbon trim and Race Display does its bit to ensure the BMW M3 and BMW M4 deliver a particularly full-blooded driving experience. The painted carbon steering wheel trim carries “M Performance” lettering. The Alcantara covering for the steering wheel rim has contrast stitching in the three BMW M colours. And the thumb rests feature a pair of embedded buttons used to activate Efficient Dynamics mode, Sport mode and Race mode.

The driver can use the integrated display at the top of the steering wheel rim to view gear change signals and lateral/longitudinal acceleration figures, among other things. Sport mode gives the driver access to a stopwatch function with displays for hours, minutes and seconds. Lateral/longitudinal acceleration figures are also shown. During committed track sessions, Race mode allows lap times to be displayed and stored in minutes, seconds and hundredths of seconds. The top speeds and maximum lateral/longitudinal acceleration figures for the most recent 50 laps completed can also be stored.

Power Kits boost the performance of the BMW X3 and BMW X4.

The BMW M Performance Power Kit developed for the BMW X3 xDrive30d (fuel consumption combined: 6.1–l/100 km [46.3–47.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 159–156 g/km)* and BMW X4 xDrive30d (fuel consumption combined: 5.6–5.2 l/100 km [50.4–54.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 146–138 g/km)* summons up a significant increase in performance. Among its components is a control unit for the engine electronics which has been tuned specially to the 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. This helps to induce significantly more sporting performance characteristics with no change in fuel consumption and emissions.

The BMW M Performance Power Kit raises the engine’s maximum output by 20 kW to 210 kW and peak torque – depending on the gear engaged – to as much as 600 Newton metres (442 lb-ft). The most important result of this increase in performance is a noticeable improvement in sprinting power. Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is up to 0.3 seconds faster, the BMW X3 xDrive30d recording an impressively fast time of approximately 5.6 seconds (down from 5.9) and the BMW X4 xDrive30d reaching the same speed from rest in an even quicker 5.5 seconds (down from 5.8). The boost in power goes hand-in-hand with sportier accelerator characteristics headlined by faster responses and an optimised engine and exhaust note. Remarkably, these two Power Kits match the fuel consumption and emissions values of the standard models in the ECE driving cycle despite delivering the extra power.

M Performance silencer systems enhance visual and aural appeal.

A BMW M Performance valve silencer, whose operating mode can be adjusted remotely via Bluetooth, is available exclusively for the BMW X4 xDrive35i. As well as Sport mode – distinguished by a strikingly emotion-rich soundtrack – drivers can also select the Track mode conceived for use exclusively on the race track, which specialises in even more hardcore and performance-focused sound development. The stainless-steel silencer system also comes with trapezoidal chrome tailpipe embellishers in the style favoured by eight-cylinder BMWs. Twin-pipe BMW M Performance embellishers in chrome are also available for the BMW X4 xDrive20d, BMW X3 sDrive18d and BMW X3 xDrive20d.

Striking engine soundtrack for the BMW M3 and BMW M4.

The BMW M Performance silencer system developed specially for the BMW M3 and BMW M4 uses optimised exhaust gas channelling to generate an emotion-rich engine soundtrack that underlines the performance characteristics of the biturbo straight-six engine in stirring fashion. The lightweight flap control exhaust system comprises a stainless-steel exhaust system and a silencer made completely from titanium and displaying M Performance lettering when viewed from the rear. A distinctive stylistic highlight are the classy tailpipe embellishers, in either titanium or carbon, with M logo.

The use of titanium ensures the BMW M Performance silencer system is exceptionally heat-resistant, corrosion-resistant and lightweight. Indeed, it weighs around eight kilograms less than the standard item. The driver can choose from two settings for the sound characteristics of the BMW M Performance silencer system, both of which are linked to an engine performance profile that can be activated at the touch of a button. In Standard mode, the sound development is already much more dramatic than that of a regular model, has a defined sporting edge and is also suitable for everyday use. In SPORT and SPORT+ modes the development of power is accompanied by a stunningly powerful, emotionally rich soundtrack, which gives the driver extremely clear feedback on engine load.

Take a closer look with the BMW M Performance Drive Analyser.

The BMW M Performance Drive Analyser – available for all BMW models from model year 2011 – allows owners to examine their driving style with impressive precision. Whether the owner is pursuing lap times on the race track or simply driving from A to B on the road, this new tool records driving dynamics data with professional efficiency. The BMW M Performance Drive Analyser consists of an On-Board Diagnostic (OBD) stick, which is plugged into the relevant socket in the car, as well as software in the form of an app for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. The connection between the car and OBD stick is via Bluetooth.

The car’s Click & Drive holder, meanwhile, enables easy attachment of the smartphone to the windscreen. All the measurements, such as the car’s speed, the gear currently engaged, accelerator and brake usage, a range of other engine data, and even lateral acceleration, are stored straight onto the smartphone/tablet and can be accessed at any time. Drivers can study the results directly on their smartphone after every journey.

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