BMW M Isn’t Interested In Four-Cylinder Engines, For Now

We’re not sure if it’s good or bad news for BMW enthusiasts, but the brand’s M division isn’t looking to launch any high performance cars powered by a four-cylinder engine.

The reason is that they cannot simply counter the deficits of such a unit without electrification, and hybridizing an engine means adding more weight, BMW M chief, Frank Van Meel, told CarAdvice earlier this week.

“We are really happy with out six-cylinder because for BMW and BMW M, that is our heritage engine. We started with six-cylinder in the M1, so it has a long history. BMW is a six-cylinder inline company and, for us, it’s an iconic engine”, said the official. “I wouldn’t do a four-cylinder standalone turbocharged with high performance, because you always have the characteristic that if you want high performance you lose the low-end torque and you lose the overall drivability you want to have from the car.”

There is, however, a way to give an engine low-end torque – electrification, but as Van Meel explained, “you are putting a lot of weight into the car, so that answer is not so easy”. The M division is working with the ‘i’ sub-brand “to have a look at the next generation of battery cells”, according to Van Meel, who added that “today is not the right time” to electrify an M car.

“With the current generation we see ‘E’ motors that are still not strong enough for M applications, and if you look at plug-in hybrids, it will add 2-300kg (440-660lbs) – which, for a car like an M3/M4 with 1500kg (3,307lbs) – would put that completely out of balance and we couldn’t re-balance that towards a typical M philosophy.”

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  • Christian Wimmer

    [Quote] “We are really happy with out six-cylinder because for BMW and BMW M, that is our heritage engine. We started with six-cylinder in the M1, so it has a long history. BMW is a six-cylinder inline company and, for us, it’s an iconic engine…” [/Quote]

    I semi-disagree with that statement. The BMW M-Car which brought performance to the masses and really kicked off the M-Brand was (IN MY OPINION) the E30 M3. And what was under the hood? A 4-cylinder. Yeah, the E28 M5 was around at the same time, but the E30 M3 was always more popular sales wise and by most accounts it was the livelier, more agile and more fun driving machine.

    Just my two cents. Like I said, I “semi-disagree” with the statement. 🙂

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    Bmw M division have had all things they told us they would not do or have any time

    There are some below here;
    -M suv
    -M awd
    -M fake engine noise
    -M badged diesels
    And many others

    As a V10 M5 owner till last week, i really know if BMW M says never,it is about time to happen.

  • Bash

    Good.

  • Shobin Drogan

    Does it really matter if they go 4 cylinder? I mean their m4 already sounds like a slightly louder golf.

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