Our Facebook and Instagram followers know by now that we like to celebrate ///M Monday along with the rest of the BMW universe, and yet we’ve never extended this celebration to our blog. We think that needs to change, so prepare yourself for all the raw power of this ///M Monday roundup. (If this blog wasn’t posted on a Monday, pretend that it was (It’s a long story)).
First up, some spy stories. Ever since it was announced, there’s been speculation that the 2015 BMW X4 would be a great candidate for some M tuning, even if we see something less than a full-throated X4 M. After all, BMW offers the X6 M, and the X4 is practically the larger SAV’s little brother. Well Autoblog recently spied this partially swirled up X4 testing which looks like it could be an M40i. This guess comes from the obscured but more aggressive front fascia and the split tailpipes in the back that could hopefully evolve into quad exhaust. Whatever it is, it should show up at the Frankfurt Motor Show next year.
This next spy shot requires less speculation as this is definitely an M2 we’re seeing. Not just an M235i like the ones that smoked up Johannesburg in the Epic Drift Mob ad – a real M2. You can tell by the wheels, the front end, and the quad exhaust pipes. There aren’t many details on power at this point, but you know we’ll keep you updated.
The last item in this roundup comes careening out of Steve Dinan’s shop, whom we blogged about a few months back. Steven Ewing of Autoblog got to test-drive a 2014 Dinan S1 BMW M5, and we’ll let an excerpt from his write-up lure you over to their Quick Spin page:
“Power is definitely a huge part of the Dinan M5 story, but trust me, the numbers don’t tell the whole tale. Thanks to a carbon fiber cold air intake, free-flow exhaust system and the Dinantronics Performance Tuner that alters the car’s ECU, output has been boosted to 675 horsepower and 644 pound-feet of torque – increases of 115 hp and 144 lb-ft over the standard M5. That horsepower number is even a full 100 greater than the Competition Pack-equipped sedan.”
We’ll leave you with a reminder that Leith BMW keeps a stock of M-powered vehicles in inventory that you are free to stop by and see any time. You can even schedule a test-drive for one. As your local authorized BMW dealer for the Raleigh area, we hope to hear from you soon.