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      01-08-2013, 07:26 AM   #23
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As an owner of the last of the NA 6cylinders with the fortune of the 8sp ZF, the 3cyl-T which makes a 6cyl sound is a better option than the 4cyl one, unless you want power to be felt and sound not to be heard.

I can imagine this thing in a 3 series being wound up and driven like race cars, just to get pass the eco standards.

btw. an 8cyl basically sounds like a 4cyl, if you want the best sound from an engine it is a 12 cyl (which is 2 6cyl)
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btw. an 8cyl basically sounds like a 4cyl
Only if it has a flat plane crankshaft. A 90-degree crank will sound an octave higher and give you that nice screaming howl at high RPM's.

The new M5 has a weird exhaust setup that kind of emulates the sound of a flat plane, but then it also has the electronic sound that simulates a V10.

Evidently, electronic engine noise is all the rage (even Audi is doing it, but out the exhaust rather than the speakers) and rest assured this new 3-cylinder BMW will sound like it has a lot more cylinders than it does.

Disable the active sound and it'll sound like a lawn mower.
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In order to make your "ultimate driving machine" BMW has to sell 100 1-series with 4-cylinder diesels. BMW is not Lotus; they do not make 1 line of high performance vehicles. This engine means the next M3 can have a beast of an engine because the CAFE regulations apply to the company's fleet as a whole.

Enthusiasts should be happy, even if they'll never drive a 3-cylinder BMW.
In fact they are not even mercedes. They are not making anything special today. Comon guyz, BMW == 64th place in the NRing fastest.

http://www.fastestlaps.com/tracks/nordschleife.html
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In order to make your "ultimate driving machine" BMW has to sell 100 1-series with 4-cylinder diesels. BMW is not Lotus; they do not make 1 line of high performance vehicles. This engine means the next M3 can have a beast of an engine because the CAFE regulations apply to the company's fleet as a whole.

Enthusiasts should be happy, even if they'll never drive a 3-cylinder BMW.
In fact they are not even mercedes. They are not making anything special today. Comon guyz, BMW == 64th place in the NRing fastest.

http://www.fastestlaps.com/tracks/nordschleife.html
+1 they are not making the ultimate driving anymore. Instead of working on thing like the x4 they should have built a better 3 serie.
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Thats alot of power out of 3 cylinders. I like it. It makes me think is the M2 going to be a 330-340 hp N20 variant? Lot of new and exciting stuff BMW is doing. Cant wait for the M2
This is a lot of power out of three cylinders: http://www.sea-doo.com/watercraft/rxp-x-260/models
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Cool idea, but nothing I would buy. Efficient yes, exhilarating no, what happened to being the ultimate driving machine?
In order to make your "ultimate driving machine" BMW has to sell 100 1-series with 4-cylinder diesels. BMW is not Lotus; they do not make 1 line of high performance vehicles. This engine means the next M3 can have a beast of an engine because the CAFE regulations apply to the company's fleet as a whole.

Enthusiasts should be happy, even if they'll never drive a 3-cylinder BMW.
Word. On top of that, the engine does make a compelling case all by itself.
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This is a lot of power out of three cylinders: http://www.sea-doo.com/watercraft/rxp-x-260/models
Yes indeed but I'm interested on staying land only
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I'm very impressed by this little 3 cylinder package. 0-100km in 7 seconds is quite astonishing for a 3 cylinder BMW. I probably wouldn't buy one myself but it is an excellent option for those more fuel conscious buyers.
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Great, now make a nice car under 2800lbs or less then maybe you can use this little motor.
Exactly.
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