It's not easy for car enthusiasts nowadays, as meat-and-blood models are increasingly being replaced by a variety of blue and green alternatives, types that have been “dumped” due to environmental constraints, so it's worth remembering rebels like the X4 M. Competition. The 510-horse machine was tested by all members of our editorial team, Bence Balogh on design, Kálmán Miklós-Illés on the drive train, and Gergely Lővei on the driving characteristics.
Design: no sackcloth
When the first X6 was exhibited as a study at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2007, the coupe-style SUV was exciting and provocative. Although its rude emanations have not been a huge success amongst fans, it has been run, among other things, because it has divided the public. As the SUV fever began to conquer smaller categories, the little brother, the X4, which was drawn in that language at the time, appeared on the market and, for the first time, considered a breakthrough, became routine over the years. Whatever the craftsmanship of the current X4, it now seems less imaginative, while the even smaller X2 gets a completely unique design, though it doesn't perform as expected. In a market that is slowly becoming saturated with SUVs and crossovers, only a handful of test cars would be upset. If you hadn't painted it on the blood-orange Toronto red ($ 320,900), this lacquer-black detail guarantees a striking appearance and is more of an exciting rarity than a cash-in-the-car service…
Boldness is clearly an advantage of the design, as an X3 is the best choice in every respect, but it is understandable that practicality and everyday usability are multi-faceted for an M model. The challenge was to create an athletic radiance because the X4 would be hard to deny its size and weight. Wider rims, spectacular rims and special bumpers play a more important role than usual. Carbon supplements have been a part of the genre since ancient times, as well as custom-designed exterior mirrors are trademarks of the M Series. In the passenger compartment we can observe similar logic, the basic shapes are uniform, the uniqueness must be sought in the decoration. Most prominent among the M accessories is the high-tech gearshift lever, with the red engine starter and programmable M switches right after the carbon pads. Inside the detailed interior, it is also worth highlighting the upholstery among the dozens of stylish elements that blend sporty luxury with the ultimate goal of impressing.
Drive train: the best of their knowledge
While the V8s are the strongest in the BMW range, the linebackers have an even bigger cult following. Not by chance, since the birth of the M-division, Bavaria has been constantly developing their sporty six-cylinders! And the X4 M comes with the latest version of the 3.0-liter block, with 480 and 510 horsepower (Competition), the strongest six-cylinder in the brand's history. Although basically your character, with its speedy power of up to 7200 rpm, it has been optimized at many points to be even more efficient. The twin-charged engine has been redesigned, the cylinder walls have been redecorated and the injection pressure has increased significantly compared to the previous generation 3.0-liter M-unit (M3 / M4) – instead of 250, gasoline comes into the combustion chamber. As it is a high performance block, ensuring proper heat economy was particularly important as racing use must be able to withstand the entire drive train. Therefore, the temperature of the engine oil and the gear oil is controlled by an extra cooler. Unlike the other six-cylinder M models, the BMW does not use a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission in the X4's top-of-the-range model, but a conventional automatic from the ZF. The gear shifting speed can be set in the same way as other M BMWs, with three levels available to the driver. Unlike the M5, there is no purely rear-wheel drive mode, but by default a smaller portion of the torque is transmitted to the front axle, and the rear active differential can intervene laterally by varying the torque ratios. Adaptive chassis front aluminum with two swing arms at the rear, five steel swing arms at the sides.
The drive start program allows 0-100 km / h sprint in just 3.8 seconds. When Launch Control is activated, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is deactivated, pressing a brake and accelerator pedal simultaneously will display a checkered flag pictogram between 3000 and 3500 rpm, then jump off the brake and goodbye…
Dynamics: Hold on!
You shouldn't be surprised to know the X4 M SUV's Competition version, because with its orange metallic finish, huge wheels and huge brake discs behind the spokes, the layman is already aware of the spectacular performance. And then the air gets stuck because we're prepared for the worst, but we're not ready for this acceleration … The deceleration, where the seat belt squeezes us into complaints, is just as profound. All this is due to the power, the adhesive surface and the weight. However, it should be borne in mind that although the car has above average abilities, it is also the center of gravity and cannot deceive physics. You may already need some steering bumps on bends, as all-wheel drive can fall into these places very quickly, and the dirty road bumps that are worth avoiding in the big curves are really quick to come by. Instead, it pushes its nose or simply drifts out of the corner of the body, but with a bold gas release it can be sure to dance to the back – I haven't found a safe place to use it. The side tilt is significant, but the seats hold well. In contrast to road faults, built obstacles, ie, bodyguards, are particularly well served by suspension, which otherwise handles road waves well. The steering is accurate, the feed is high and the brakes are very effective, even at normal speeds. This includes very well-hit engine and exhaust noise; the latter is adjustable so that good neighborly relations can be preserved in the case of a cold start in the morning / when going home late at night. Anyway, let me tell you what's on the tube, we won't enjoy it for a long time, because it has the stride pace in just a few seconds …
Conclusion: here's the key!
For many, it may be thrilling, wasteful, and for many it simply does not trigger emotions, but relaxed, much larger crowds turn around on the street, so the occupation (development work) has reached its destination. The X4 M Competition is still in the car, for that much money!
I LIKED IT
• design, style
• dynamics versus consumption
• Detail solutions
I DID NOT LIKE
• shape of the rear light fixtures
• purchase price
BMW X4 M Competition
Total displacement: 2993 cm3
Cylinders / valves: S6 / 24 bit turbocharger
Power output: 375 kW (510 hp) 6250 / min
Max torque: 600 Nm 2600-5950 / min
Length / Width / Height: 4758/1927/1620 mm
Wheelbase: 2864 mm
Turning circle: 12.6 m
Net weight / payload: 2045/530 kg
Luggage: 525-1430 l
Fuel tank: 65 l
Fast. 0-100km / h: 4.1s
Maximum speed: 250 km / h
Average consumption: 10.5 l / 100 km
Test consumption: 13.8 l / 100 km
CO2 emissions: 239 g / km
Basic price of the model: $ 50 (X4 xDrive20i, 184 hp)
The version of the tested version is: 31736 400 Ft