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A two-cylinder engine from BMW?

Rumors | October 25th, 2010 by 4
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In a recent interview for Auto Motor Und Sport (German), Dr. Klaus Draeger, member of the board of management in charge of development at BMW …

In a recent interview for Auto Motor Und Sport (German), Dr. Klaus Draeger, member of the board of management in charge of development at BMW AG, says a two-cylinder engine from BMW is a possibility. According to Draeger, ideally the the engine will have a capacity of 500 cubic centimers per cylinder and an output of 80 or 100 horsepower.

First news around a 500cc three-cylinder engine broke on BMWBLOG back in June when we reported that BMW is investigating a 500cc per cylinder base design which also uses Direct-Injection and Turbo charging. At the time, we said that this engine could be featured in many BMW models, but will not be perceived as a base engine or entry model.

Draegers statement comes with no surprises. In the past few years, BMW has become an advocate of smaller, highly-efficient powerplants and the near future will bring three and four cylinder engines that would set BMW apart from its competitors.

A two cylinder engine from BMW?

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Draeger also emphasized once again the imminent appearance of a front-wheel drive BMW powered by efficient engines.

The newly developed engines could potentially replace the costly hybrid systems that haven’t proven to be extremely fuel-efficient.

“Already in the 1-Series and 3-series the potential savings compared to larger motors is rather low,” said Draeger.

For the same magazine, Draeger was hinting at a two-cylinder 1.0 liter powerplant that would power the futre BMW front-wheel drive platform.

[Source: AMS via Worldcarfans ]

  • Doug

    wasn’ there a patent for an engine/drivetrain with two 2-cylinder blocks? Maybe they are looking at modular engine designs. Maybe many things.

    • Giom

      Yo Doug! I also thought, modular! It sertainly sounds like it by reading the interviews. I take it that this engine has got nothing to do with PSA or Saab…?

      • Doug

        Hi Giom! I don’t know, although if it does, it might indicate something about what these companies all envision for the volume segments.

  • mckillio

    Would this be an I2 or a V2?

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