BMW’s 500cc per cylinder powerplant : A New Base in Engine Design

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The BMW rumormill continues to churn and today, we have something new around a future BMW engine. Same BMW insider, Scott27, brings upfront some exciting …

The BMW rumormill continues to churn and today, we have something new around a future BMW engine. Same BMW insider, Scott27, brings upfront some exciting news around a 500cc three-cylinder engine that will help BMW achieve their CO2 level goals.

“It is no secret that in terms of downsizing its CO 2 levels, BMW are moving to replace its current range of engines with new three, four, six and eight-cylinders.

The new three-cylinder will be part of a range of engines utilizing a new common 500cc per cylinder base design which also uses Direct-Injection and Turbo charging. This engine will be featured in many BMW models, but will not be perceived as a base engine or entry model.

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Four-cylinder engine featured

The new 1 and 3 Series will receive it first, but other BMW/MINI models will also inherit this engine.

Forget about the terms associated with three-cylinders, such as weak or underpowered. This is a BMW engine and for a three-cylinder it will offer excellent refinement with a sporting edge, plus delivers an excellent CO2 output.

A lighter engine will also contribute to a weight reduction in the car. The upcoming four-cylinder turbocharged engines in three range variants will also follow this procedure , The first turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be introduced in the new BMW 1 Series in 2011, and then follow into the BMW X3 that precedes the debut of the all new BMW 3 Series Sedan in late 2011.

The new range of turbocharged engines will bring many new innovations for the first time in a new product launch, and the 1 Series is that model.

The idea is to use 500cc per cylinder in future BMW engines which will rise from the 1.5 right up to a V8, saving resources in engine development costs and engine production.”

Well, you heard it first……we can only hope that the three-cylinder will not only deliver amazing fuel consumption, but still retain the much needed punch we crave in a BMW.

21 responses to “BMW’s 500cc per cylinder powerplant : A New Base in Engine Design”

  1. Muenchner says:

    Ive heard and seen the new 3Cylinder Engines in the prototypes of the next generation 1series during testing. Up to now they sound quite rough and rather unbalanced, with some weakness of the car at acceleration start.
    I hope BMW will seriously improve in this technology, as the cars dont give an sophisticated impression so far.

  2. bmwm6 says:

    Maybe bmw should make a 600 cc motorcycle those hp figures are right there with many 1000cc motorcycles

  3. Muenchner says:

    The figures are missleading.
    Its 500cc each cylinder, resulting in 1500cc for the 3 zylinder engine.

  4. X5SoB says:

    I’m not sure what this article is all about, I mean, 500 cc per cylinder is nothing new. Simple arithmetic reveals that the 4.0 V8 and the 3.0 straight 6 both are 500 cc per cylinder, and they’ve been around for a LONG time. Nobody else notice this?

    • adc says:

      I think they imply it’s more than the cubic capacity – perhaps they have a mind to share cylinder architecture. Thus, a 4 cylinder gets 4 “slices” of architecture, an inline 6 get 6 slices, etc.

      That would surely reduce R&D costs, but I wonder how well this would scale.

  5. okeribok says:

    I hope it’s a high revving one. Those can sound awesome!
    this video is a from a smart fortwo, which has a 3 cil.

  6. Lue Driver says:

    i first noticed this when bmw made the 4 lt V8 after making the 5 lt V10…

    I had started to fantasize about a 2 lt L4 for the next generation M3 E30…

    but now its all gone TURBO, TURBO, TURBO, TURBO, TURBO….

    any way I say that 500 cc is either too much or too little…

    I’d rather see a L6 with 380 cc or a V8 with 620 cc….

    Mercedes seems to think that it works….

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