This rumor has been going around for a while and we honestly don’t know if it’s worth reporting on it, but hey….we cover everything and anything from the BMW world, so let’s roll with it. According to Autocar UK, the BMW Motorsport Division has not completely ruled out the possibility of using a diesel engine in the future.
Some of you might have already started to pose the obvious question: Why diesel powerplants and why in an M? Well, apparently the M people are striving to improve the carbon emission ratings on their sporty cars and a diesel engine is well suited for the job.
“With cars like the X5 and X6 M, the torque characteristics of diesel engines would make them the ideal choice, were it not for their unsporting character,” Development boss Albert Biermann said.
In an effort to diffuse a possible breaking news headline the next day, he rebounds with a “corporate talk” approach: “I don’t think there’s a proven business case for big diesel-engined performance cars yet,” he said, “but if that changes, we’ll be well placed to take advantage.”
Now to give us more solid and palpable, he talks about the M Division being in the process of developing some performance applications of BMW’s hybrid technology. Don’t think too far, like a full hybrid M, but rather think about battery-assisted technologies that increases the performance of a gasoline engine.
Even though it has been reported many times before, Herr Biermann shatters the dreams of BMW fans that were hoping to see a Z4 M Roadster in the future. At the end, he decides to give some hope to the BMW fans out there and he talks about a forthcoming roadster based on the new 1 Series which could get an M variant. Well, that’s where we got lost….the only upcoming roadster that we know is the Z2, which will be offered both in a coupe and cabrio variant……so where does the M fit in?
“I would love to produce this kind of car. It’s very difficult to make the numbers add up, but I know that I’m not the only person who likes the idea.”
Okay, wait, we got sidetracked for a second…..so how about those rumors of an M diesel? In our opinion, those plans might not fly amongst the BMW consumers……but could BMW pull it off? Without a doubt, if they can built a tri-trubo diesel engine with 354 horsepower, then no doubt they can aim higher.[Sourse: Autocar ]