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Old 03-19-2009, 02:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Next Generation BMW M3 to Get Turbo-6


The next generation BMW M3 will be powered by a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, says Ludwig Willisch, the man in charge of BMW's M division. But there's more to the story than that, according to an article on MotorTrend.com after staff of the magazine sat down with Willisch and other journalists in Munich.

For starters the engine will not be the same twin-turbo inline-six found in the current 335i. In fact, it might not be a twin-turbo at all. Even more shocking, it might not be an inline-six. That's right, BMW is currently looking at the possibility of using a V6 for the next M3.

While the BMW faithful will abhor the idea (like they did with the amazing V8 that powers the current M3), a V6 would allow for the engine to be located in a more central position in the car. Unfortunately, it would most likely be heavier.

Interestingly Willisch defied convention by stating that the next generation M3 wouldn't necessarily have to be more powerful, so long as it was lighter. And BMW intends to focus on decreasing the weight of their vehicles across the board.

The discussion also raised the possibility of an M for the 1 Series, and while it won't be called an M, BMW is planning a high-performance version of the second generation 1 Series. It will, says Willisch, be more in line with one of the most iconic BMW's of all time, the E30 (the original) M - sort of.

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This should be interesting.
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^I don't know what he said but I'm pretty sure is something negative about a v6s, in which case I agree it should be a straight 6.

A turbo 4 for the 1 performance variant could be just what the doctor ordered.
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AFAIK, his first phrase was the German translation of the second.
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that's a good witie

edit: btw what are they talking about that the BMW community has a problem with V8s? C'mon there's always been V8 and V12s in Bimmers, ever since the 502 V8!
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i hate v6's.. more than one cylinder head ftl.. just more shit to break and added valvetrain complexity.
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A V6 for the new M3 is worse than a mortal sin IMO. I would recommend something more than a 3.5 Liter with a TT package but with bigger turbos than the ones on the N54 engine.
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