The New Family of BMW Engines

Interesting | March 10th, 2014 by 5
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Miramas, France – BMW showed off the tangible results of the new 500cc combustion chamber engine family announced during Innovation Day 2012. Now in production …

Miramas, France – BMW showed off the tangible results of the new 500cc combustion chamber engine family announced during Innovation Day 2012. Now in production the first of the new engines are to be found in MINIs and soon BMWs.

The beauty of the common combustion chamber is that the a family of engines, 3, 4, and 6 cylinders, utilize a set of common components, 60% common within diesel and petrol iterations. And a 40% commonality shared by the diesel and petrol variants.

The commonality extends to shared production processes and production line. But even more important is the common software core required for mapping ignition and fuel burns. This is a very efficient way of handling an expensive resource, programming skills.

The New Family of BMW Engines

In addition to showing examples of 3 and 4 cylinder diesel and petrol variants of the new engine family, BMW displayed and innovated water jacketed exhaust manifold for a 3 cylinder motor. This will aid in thermal management of the engine.

Also acoustic and thermal jacketing was shown for the engines. By blanketing the engine they help maintain an appropriate temperature range. They also reduce the need for additional acoustical deadening material. Managing noise directly at the source rather than managing the noise (and resonances) later saves weight and adds to the efficiency of the vehicle.

The new engine family will be found throughout the BMW model range in the near future.

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  • mckillio

    Any word on plans of the V8 joining this group of new engines?

  • scd

    How does the 1.2L three-cylinder in the MINI One fit into this 500cc strategy?

  • zakk_123@yahoo.com

    Received a call from BMW North America today saying “Sorry not our Problem”! We know the car was sent into the market place like this but we are going to void the manufactures warranty and you need to pay us $7000 to fix. BMW of America CEO Ludwig Willisch said the company is intensifying its “customer-driven focus” with the changes, which take effect Jan. 1.

    Good Afternoon,
    I recently purchased a 2011 BMW 328i from a local dealership (not a BMW dealership), the vehicle had 30,000 original miles on the car and was still under manufactures warranty. Shortly after (about 2 days) I purchased the vehicle the check engine light came on and knowing that it was still under warranty I took it to my local dealer to get it check out. The day after I dropped the vehicle off they called and said they had found the problem and it would take a few days to fix. Several days later I received a call requesting I come down so that they could show me an issue they found with the vehicle. After I arrived they walked me out to the vehicle and showed me (picture attached) what they found as they began break down the vehicle to fix the known problem. Well, comes to find out that the previous owner that was leasing the car from BWM failed to do an oil change for the entire period of the lease. As you can see from the picture this has caused A LOT of damage. The dealer informed me that they would need to get approval to fix the vehicle do to this finding. The continued to hold the vehicle for the next 2 weeks waiting on approval or denial to make the necessary repairs. As of this morning I received a call from the local dealer telling my BMW has denied to cover the repairs and now has voided the warranty. I now own a vehicle that needs major repairs that when I purchased had a full warranty on anything that may has gone wrong. Here are a few reasons I disagree with BMW’s denial to repair:
    • This was a BMW lease and I would be surprised that they were not aware that the vehicle hadn’t had an oil change during the entire life of the lease. I know that BMW keeps records on every vehicle and would be aware that there is a red flag here.
    • Why did they sale the vehicle to another party knowing that there were red flags with the lack of regular maintenance performed on the vehicle
    • As you can see from the picture, the area just below the oil cap was cleaned in the case someone looked inside they would see the damage
    • This vehicle was looked at by 2 local BMW dealerships and GIVE A CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH. Neither flagged the lack of any records regarding the scheduled maintenance. Both of these dealerships looked at the car before I purchased it.
    o BMW of Fremont, CA did an inspection and Oil change on the vehicle and knew there was serious issues and still sold the car.
    I am asking you to reconsider the decision that has been made as I think there were multiple areas where this could have been caught prior to the resale of the vehicle. I am a single dad and I now am sitting on a vehicle that I purchased for $25,000 and unable to cover cost of the repairs and unable to drive.

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