Very few people have the need or even the means to purchase a vehicle like the 2021 BMW X4 M Competition, a luxury compact coupe-type SUV that has an army of 503 horsepower and all the dynamic qualities to stand up to many. top level sports cars on the circuits.
There is not much rational in this kind of racing car, which is both the expression of the sports madness of the Germans and their desire not to leave a competitor alone at the top, regardless of the segment. Steps. But you know what? We are really happy that it exists!
Find yourself a circuit …
Our first contact with the BMW X4 M Competition was in June 2019 on the beautiful public roads of the US states of New York and New Jersey, but also on the fabulous private circuit of the Monticello Motor Club – a paradise.
Nothing to do with our recent test on damaged and slippery roads in Quebec at the very beginning of January …
As confirmed by the M display on the center screen, it was impossible to fully exploit the overwhelming cavalry of the 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder (30 horsepower more than the regular X4 M, by the way). However, when conditions permitted, driving became a real pleasure. You could hardly imagine yourself driving an SUV!
The acceleration of the X4 M Competition is lightning-fast and locks us in the seat like few are able to. Thanks to the torque of 442 lb-ft available from 2,650 rpm, a very well programmed eight-speed automatic transmission and a cannon starter function (launch control), the acceleration time from 0 to 100 km / h is officially 4.1 seconds.
For even more fun, the rigid chassis (see those M carbon reinforcement bars under the hood) and the adaptive M sport suspension remarkably control the vehicle’s movements in curves.
Photo: Guillaume Rivard
Handling is as biting as the brakes, which include huge 15.6-inch discs and four-piston calipers up front, allowing for the flat turns you appreciate in downforce sports seats. adjustable sides.
And what about the sound? Rich and sustained under acceleration (up to the red zone of 7,200 revolutions / minute), it is accompanied by a few backfires during downshifts. And you can naturally vary the symphony with the manual selectors on the steering wheel.
Photo: Guillaume Rivard
A monster in your image
What’s really great about the BMW X4 M Competition is the ability to tweak multiple settings as we please. To the left of the gear lever are buttons to individually change the mode of the suspension, steering and of course engine response (Efficient, Sport and Sport Plus). Next to it, another button controls the M sports exhaust. Then, on the top of the lever, you can choose the Drivelogic program (1, 2 or 3) according to the type of driving you are looking for – smoother or fuller. checkout.
Via the central screen, it is possible to save our preferences according to two profiles: M1 and M2. Then, all you have to do is press the corresponding red button on the steering wheel to activate everything. This is handy for transforming the behavior of the X4 M Competition in a flash. Let’s not forget the all-wheel drive system, which also offers a Sport mode delivering more torque to the rear wheels and accentuating the oversteer effect in exchange for deactivated stability control.
Photo: Uwe Fischer
Granted, the BMW X4 is more spacious overall than a sports coupe, but there the benefits end. The steeply pitched roofline at the rear leaves barely enough headroom for the occupants of the bench seat. For the driver, the rear window becomes extremely small, which impairs visibility especially since there is no wiper. The side mirrors aren’t big either.
As for the trunk, it only holds 524 liters, barely more than that of a mid-size sedan like the Honda Accord or a subcompact crossover like the Mazda CX-3. That’s a third less than in the BMW X3, in fact.
At least the interior is inviting, colorful and bright thanks to the panoramic roof, adjustable ambient lighting and the beautiful Orange Sakhir leather of our test model. The combination of digital instrumentation and central touch screen (each 12.3 inch) with head-up display is as modern as it is user-friendly.
Photo: Uwe Fischer
The 2021 BMW X4 M Competition is a high-performance product, but also a very nested one, selling from $ 95,600 plus freight and delivery charges. Our copy was worth exactly $ 108,095 with the many options added. The Ultimate Group alone costs $ 10,000, and believe us, there are plenty of other ways to jump the price.
Obviously, we buy this kind of vehicle with the heart and a full bank account. At least have the wisdom to consider the few alternatives that exist on the market, starting with the BMW X3 M Competition ($ 93,500), much more practical. Then we mention the Mercedes-AMG GLC Coupé 63 S ($ 96,900), the Porsche Macan Turbo ($ 96,500), the Jaguar F-PACE SVR ($ 96,250) and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio ($ 98,995), not to mention the Tesla Model Y Performance ($ 82,600) if speed of acceleration and fuel efficiency are more important to you than engine sound and quality of finish.