Video: Dr. Bernardo Lopez, Head of Powertrain for BMW, explains the new BMW 3-Cylinder engine

Videos | October 13th, 2012 by 6
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Last month, BMWBLOG had the unique opportunity to drive a 1 Series Hatchback powered by a pre-production 3-cylinder engine. The version of the gasoline 3-cylinder …

Last month, BMWBLOG had the unique opportunity to drive a 1 Series Hatchback powered by a pre-production 3-cylinder engine. The version of the gasoline 3-cylinder engine we tried outputs 180 horsepower and 270Nm of torque, mated to a modified ZF 8-speed automatic transmission that takes advantage of the engine’s architecture.

The compact unit is a prime candidate for a wide range of vehicles and powertrains, from rear-wheel drive to the upcoming front-wheel drive and plugin hybrids. The 1 Series and 3 Series, along with upcoming compact models, are a great match for this type of engine.

The “Baby-Six,” a 1.5 liter three-cylinder turbocharged engine, is built on the 500cc per cylinder architecture. The compact engine has the same genes as the award-winning 3.0 liter six-cylinder unit, but with its own personality.

Video: Dr. Bernardo Lopez, Head of Powertrain for BMW, explains the new BMW 3 Cylinder engine

To learn more about the new family of engines, we interviewed Dr. Bernardo Lopez, Powertrain, Head of Function Operation Evaluation, BMW AG.

  • FreudeKing

    what was that explanation about the 3 cylinder having the same characteristics of the 6 cylinder and that we should not compare it to the 4 cylinder and then he goes on to say that it should be more or less the same as the 4 cylinder??? I am confused!

    With so many shared parts and with their aim of cutting cost by sacrificing quality, can you imagine the extent of the recalls BMWs will have in the future when one of these engine parts are defective??? Headlines: 4 million BMWs recalled for engine failure, affecting BMW 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, X1, X3, 1GT, 3GT and Z4 models.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      The architecture of the 3 cyl is based on the 6-cyl engine, that’s the main point and why the new engine is pretty spectacular. He went on saying that as far as power output it can be at the same level with the 4-cyl.

    • mckillio

      Who said anything about sacrificing quality? By sharing parts they could have better quality and the costs for parts could/should be lower.

  • Matt

    Good content guys. The audio can be a bit better, but overall, great video and informative.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Watkins/629637578 Daniel Watkins

    I like how it has big 0.5L cylinders, not the dinky 0.33L cylinders of the 1L Ford Ecoboost. Should sound good when you goose it

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