The upcoming BMW X4 M40i was spotted for the first time on U.S. soil. The South Carolina-based spy photographer, Palbay, spied an X4 M40i prototype as it was being driven near the BMW Spartanburg plant. Compared to the BMW X4 X35i with M Sport Package, the X4 M40i has slightly different air intakes openings on the side, a redesigned front and rear bumper, and two exhaust pipes surrounding the rear diffuser.

The super sporty X4 M40i will used a new 3.0 liter turbocharged inline-six engine. The updated version of the N55 TwinPower 3.0 liter engine (N55B30T0) will produce between 360 and 380 horsepower.

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The engine will be matted to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Just like all the M Performance Automobiles, the X4 M40i will come with the M Sport Package, tweaked chassis with a stiffer suspension setup, upgraded wheels, M Performance brakes and sporty steering wheel.

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The new BMW X4 M40i will launch later this year.