You betcha! Especially in the paintwork and with the carbon-fiber garnish of the X4 M Competition brought by BMW at the IAA 2019, there’s no denying this isn’t your average Sports Activity Vehicle. Thanks to the ZF 8HP automatic transmission and trick launch control system, the Bavarians quote 4.1 seconds from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph).
Top speed is rated at 250 km/h (155 mph) with the electronic limiter in place, but $2,500 for the M Driver’s Package unlocks a maximum velocity of 285 km/h (177 mph). Tipping the scales at 4,590 pounds in the United States of America or 2,045 kilograms in the Old Continent, there’s no denying the electronic stability program and performance-oriented suspension system work a lot in order to keep this fellow under control in the twisties.
The biggest changes over the non-Competition model are the re-tuned engine control unit and specific exhaust with quad tailpipes, allowing the S58 to breathe that much better in order to produce more suck-squeeze-bang-blow for the driver’s delight. Stopping power is also rather important in a vehicle of this size and weight, featuring 15.6- and 14.6-inch rotors at the front and rear with four- and one-piston calipers. As opposed to the M40i xDrive, the steering rack, adjustable shocks, and bushings are that much better.
If there’s something prospective buyers will have to endure in the X4 M Competition, that would be the NVH. Loud wind noise from the A-pillars at highway speed is one thing, but the constant road and tire noise is something you’ll have to grow accustomed to.