Listen to the Sounds of BMW's New 1.5-liter Twin-Turbo 3-Cylinder Gasoline Engine on a 1-Series


We have heard the claims repeatedly from BMW's people ever since they announced the development of their brand new series of 1.5-liter TwinPower three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines: these new powerplants will be strong, fuel-efficient and equally important, sound the part.

At the recent Paris Motor Show, BMW sales and marketing boss Ian Robertson told reporters that the new three-cylinder engine “behaves like a six-cylinder, is half-of a six-cylinder and has the noise of a six-cylinder”.

Want more? Here is another quote from BMW regarding the gasoline version of the 1.5-liter twin-turbocharged unit that will be offered in outputs ranging from 120Hp to 220Hp:

"In addition to the high-revving characteristics and gratifying responsiveness, the emotional sound of the engine also makes an important contribution to the driving experience. Because the frequency of the sound of a three-cylinder engine increases 50 per cent faster than that of a four-cylinder, the engine is perceived as being extremely vivacious and sporty."

Now the time has come to listen to the sounds of a prototype 1-Series fitted with a 180Hp version of the gasoline three-cylinder engine linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission, as BMW recently invited several websites to try out the test cars.

Check out the videos below and then head over to the comments area to share your first thoughts.

We tip our hats to Dustin!

Story References: Bimmer-Today , Paultan , & via BMWBlog



Bruno Pereira said... »October 02, 2012

3-cylinder provide a very interesting sound! I had a Skoda Fabia with a 1.2 petrol engine, and even without much of horsepower, it sounded quite good!

europeon said... »October 02, 2012

"Because the frequency of the sound of a three-cylinder engine increases 50 per cent faster than that of a four-cylinder"In what parallel universe does that happens?

3 Cyl Suck said... »October 02, 2012

thats Terrible 

eb110americana said... »October 02, 2012

Sounds better and more "basso" than most 4 cylinders.

Pureworx said... »October 02, 2012

nothing special... i was given a courtesy car which was a Renault clio tourer 1.2 turbo even that sounded similar.

my favourite NA engine sound for a fairly normal road car has to be the noise produced by the Honda dohc vtec engines... reminds me of touring car sounds.

turbo engines nothing touches the sound produced by a skyline r33 gtr.

Kaveh Ghavim said... »October 03, 2012

Sounds good when it is going, but at idle like most German small motors it sounds like a diesel for some reason with the clicking noise.

Guest said... »October 03, 2012

Sounds like any other 3 Cylinder in the world. Or, like a Smart mostly, thanks to the TUrbo

Ben Dover said... »October 03, 2012

Whether we like it or not, it's coming. A 3 cylinder that sounds like a 6? Hardly.
"Jeeves, fetch my golf cart"

Jigs J Sharma said... »October 03, 2012

woah sounds like a v8

Jigs J Sharma said... »October 03, 2012

Totally have to agree... and i drive a lot of them, weird how they all sound like deisels when idling 

Hajime1990 said... »October 03, 2012

Yes it sounds good. But no it does NOT sound like a 6 cylinder.

Ahmed Al-saadi said... »October 04, 2012


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r.burns said... »October 06, 2012

It sounds better than an in-line 6-cylinder, but not as good as a Flat-6 of course

cozappz said... »October 08, 2012

Three cylinders, FWD, engine noise more important than mechanics, BMW, you are going the wrong way. 
But at least you know how to make motorcycles.

lhancha lhancha said... »February 16, 2013

Great, very usefull. Like your blog.

Have a great evening,

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