Posted by Harish KumarDecember 8, 2008 at 3:52 pm
The screaming V8 from the new BMW e92 M3 and the high revving V10 from the BMW e60 M5 might just need to leave their next generations. The BMW M Series cars have been powered for nearly twenty-years by normally-aspirated modified engines giving the buyers higher-revs and more horsepower. For the past few years, BMW has been focusing on their turbo and twin-turbo technology building engines that have won them several awards. The proof is in their brilliant ultra-smooth 3.0L Twin Turbo in the 135i which delivers 305 bhp!
In a recent interview with BMW’s Director of European Delivery, Keri-Lynne Shaw, it was confirmed that the amazing 3.0 liter twin-turbo engine found across BMW’s series, had a huge impact in the recent sales. There were also several reports of BMW moving away from its V8/V10 engines due to emission standards and manufacturing costs and replace them with smaller, more efficient ones.
The Twin Turbo V6 or V8 of equivalent or more power could potentially replace normally aspirated engines. So, it was no surprise when Autoweek and Autoblog reported BMW’s decision to steer away from the large naturally-aspirated engines and replace them across their M Series cars with Twin Turbo engines. It is well known that many BMW tuners managed to tweak the 3.0 L Twin Turbo and achieve the power output of a 4.0L V8 found on BMW’s latest M3!
The first model to take advantage of the turbocharged engines is the controversial BMW X6M, a car that will be powered by a 4.4-liter V8 twin-turbo outputting 500 ponies and 516 lb-ft of torque.
As a BMW enthusiast, I’ve grown with the M engines and always loved them, so it will be interesting to see how the new engines will be received by the picky and loyal BMW fans.
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