BMW switching to turbo power for M cars

BMW switching to turbo power for M cars

BMW’s staunch resistance against turbocharged engines in its M-Spec cars has finally ended. After two decades of normally-aspirated high-revving engines doing the hard yards, BMW s changing direction and will begin to offer direct-injection turbocharged powerplants in its future high-performance flagships. The German automaker is citing the tough environmental emission standards and the soaring manufacturing costs of the specialty-built V8 and V10 engines found in today’s M3, M5, and M6 models for its decision. Competitors Audi and Mercedes-Benz have been successfully offering forced-induction motors for years on their performance models, which may have played a factor in BMW’s decision. The first new model to carry the turbocharged honour will be the X6 xDrive M, with a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 reportedly making 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. That same engine is reportedly going into the next M5 due in late 2010.

BMW’s staunch resistance against turbocharged engines in its M-Spec cars has finally ended. After two decades of normally-aspirated high-revving engines doing the hard yards, BMW s changing direction and will begin to offer direct-injection turbocharged powerplants in its future high-performance flagships. The German automaker is citing the tough environmental emission standards and the soaring manufacturing costs of the specialty-built V8 and V10 engines found in today’s M3, M5, and M6 models for its decision. Competitors Audi and Mercedes-Benz have been successfully offering forced-induction motors for years on their performance models, which may have played a factor in BMW’s decision. The first new model to carry the turbocharged honour will be the X6 xDrive M, with a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 reportedly making 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. That same engine is reportedly going into the next M5 due in late 2010.

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