The new BMW X4 is just weeks away from its market debut and ever since it was introduced in a concept form last year, everyone wondered if a BMW X4 M model will follow suit. Initially BMW has said that an X4 M model is not likely to come to market, followed by another reporting saying that instead the M folks are planning an M Performance version of the “baby-SAC.”
To add more to the confusion, in a recent interview with Drive Australia,President of BMW’s M Division, Dr Friedrich Nitschke, gave some hints that at least the company is considering the X4 M, while adding that constraints on engineering resources have put an X4 M on the back burner for at least a few years.
“At the moment we are developing the new X5 M and X6 M, and we will launch these next year,” he told Drive at this week’s international launch of the new M3 sedan and M4 coupe.
“I think in parallel to bring an X4 M version we are fixed in our capacity of engineering resources and therefore at the moment it is difficult for us to develop a lot of real M cars.”
Senior engineers within the M division have also revealed to Drive that it is unlikely the X4 M will adopt the M3/M4’s all-new twin-turbo in-line six cylinder, but that it will likely use of a version of the high-power single-turbo six currently under development for the upcoming M2.
Before the X4 M arrives, BMW M might add an X7 M to the flagship X7 SUV recently announced.