Can The BMW X4 M40i Compete With The Porsche Macan Turbo?

BMW X4 | June 20th, 2015 by 9
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With the recent news of BMW’s upcoming X4 M40i, BMW may finally have the firepower it needs to take down Porsche’s mighty Macan Turbo. Coming …

With the recent news of BMW’s upcoming X4 M40i, BMW may finally have the firepower it needs to take down Porsche’s mighty Macan Turbo.

Coming at the end of 2015, the X4 M40i will be the performance variant of the X4. It will have an upgraded N55 TwinPower turbocharged I6 engine, developing somewhere between 360 and 380 horsepower, a revised ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox and BMW’s latest xDrive all-wheel drive system. It will also have some sporty exterior and interior touches, such as new front and rear bumpers and an M steering wheel with paddle shifters.

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The X4 M40i will take on rivals from Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Porsche, such as the GLC AMG, RS Q3 and Macan Turbo, respectively. With the X4’s already exceptional dynamics, for a largish SAV that is, it should easily dispatch the former two rivals. However, Porsche’s Macan Turbo has been dominating the small SUV world since its inception. Credit where credit’s due, the Macan Turbo is sensational. And the X4, in any variant, has had a hard time competing with it. However, this M40i variant should have a puncher’s chance.

While the Macan Turbo’s 400 horsepower is considerably more than the X4 M40i’s possible 380, the M40i will weigh around 500 lbs less, negating the horsepower difference. The X4 M40i should boast a 10lb per hp ratio, while the Macan Turbo has an 11lb per hp ratio. There’s also BMW’s penchant for underrating its power figures. So expect the X4 M40i to be just as quick as the Macan Turbo, and maybe even faster considering the its power-to-weight advantage.

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Related: Test Drive – BMW X4 vs. Porsche Macan

In terms of handling, the Macan Turbo is basically a jacked up sports car, giving most actual sports cars a run for their money. The X4 is quite good as it is, but unfortunately can’t hang with the Macan in the twisties. For now, that is. The M40i version will boast some chassis tweaks, a stiffer suspension, better brakes and lighter wheels. So maybe that’s enough of a boost to put the X4 M40i within striking distance of the Macan Turbo.

The X4 xDrive35i is already a surprisingly good car, but the M40i should be very good. It’s actually something I’m looking forward to very much, because I think it has a real shot of competing with the Macan Turbo. Factor in all of the upgrades, its better power-to-weight ratio, revised chassis dynamics and more powerful engines, and the X4 M40i sounds like a very compelling alternative. Especially considering it’s probably going to be considerably less expensive than the ridiculously highly priced Macan Turbo. It’s going to be an interesting matchup, but I have a feeling the X4 M40i is going to be a very close competitor.

9 responses to “Can The BMW X4 M40i Compete With The Porsche Macan Turbo?”

  1. JRobUSC says:

    I think you’re being pretty generous. First, I’ll be surprised if the X4 M40 doesn’t just replace the X4 35 and come with the same 320hp engine as the upcoming 340i, 740i, etc. I could be wrong but I don’t see them putting the M2 engine in the X4 M40, let alone a more powerful version of the M2 engine. Regarding the handling, my understanding so far of these M Performance models is they have the same suspensions as the M Sport Package models, and the regular X4 is nowhere near the handler the Macan is. Too much understeer, too much bodyroll. If M really does tune the suspension, great, and replacing the normal runflats with Pilot Super Sports would definitely help. I could see this being a competitor to the GLC 450 AMG Sport, the SQ5, and the base Macan, but the Macan Turbo is likely going to still runs rings around it, and the twin turbo V8 GLC63 AMG will be in another league altogether.

    • BMW is fitting the M40i with a much uprated N55, not just the standard 35i engine. We talked about it in a previous article.

      Also, BMW will be making actual chassis revisions and suspension upgrades. These psuedo M models due have different suspensions and aren’t just M Sport packages.

      If you want to see how close the X4 is to the Macan already, there’s an Autocar video review which compares them and it’s closer than you’d think.

  2. Kaisuke971 says:

    380 is a lot isn’t it ? That’s M2 power, and i don’t think they will give it the baby M’s engine. They’re more likely to use the 40i’s unit with maybe if they’re generous 365hp, so in terms of performances, it won’t be quite as good i think… The Macan is already sportier than the X4, so the Turbo will beat the X4M40i by a nice margin if you ask me.
    That said, in terms of price, it’ll be more on pr with the Macan S than the Macan Turbo. Well in fact the problem will be the same as with the X5M: not as fast as the Turbo S but faster than the Turbo, for the same price… So it will more likely seat somewhere in between the S and the Turbo, while having the price of the S. Yes it won’t be a Porsche, but in that segment, well, i don’t think it matters that much. If they make it look properly good and give it some good handling and performances, then it will be the better option.

  3. IceDree says:

    One thing for sure, BMW have to bring their A-Game to compete with the Macan. Engine, suspension & interior all have to be top notch! Not just another X4 M-Sport …

    The Macan changed the segment for ever & the halfass work & corner cutting won’t work anymore.

  4. Ben says:

    BMW’s main competitors has always been Mercedes and Audi. Audi is unfortunate be under VW (together with Porsche). Because of the hierarchy, Audi’s cars are less sporty / powerful than Porsche with the exception of R8 – because the R8 was conceived before the VW/Porsche merger.

    BMW should really think outside the box and aim to match the performance of Porsche. By doing so, it will be ahead of Audi. But of course BMW won’t do it because it is stubborn – “We have to find a business case for a M1, no need for a M340i, no need for x-drive M5, blah blah blah.” The latter sort of change of heart after seeing the sales results of the AMG E-Class with 4matic.

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