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Next BMW Z4 may get 4-cylinder turbo engine

By SYF77 on 22 Jan 2011

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current Z4

Automobile magazine has tweeted a report that the next Z4 will be coming with a turbocharged four-cylinder in the base-model, replacing the naturally aspirated 3.0 liter inline 6-cylinder.

BMW has been rumored to be developing a new 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine to fit into its lineup for quite a while. It's difficult to speculate to what power levels the new power plant will be configured, but if it is to replace the existing 255bhp 3.0 liter inline 6 in the sDrive30i, then a comparable output level is to be expected.

BMW has no force-fed 4-cylinder petrol power plants in its lineup before and has historically favored naturally aspirated engines. However, advances in turbo technology plus growing emission restrictions has changed that equation and it only seems inevitable that BMW would go down that route. Never say never!

Such a move would also make the Z4 more marketable in countries with a road tax system like Singapore.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Eyke Jan 22 2011 04:36 PM
It will produce 242bhp at 5000rpm and 258lb ft at 1250rpm in the X1,
so should be similar in the Z4
Friendstar Jan 23 2011 11:29 AM
1250 rpm? That's damn low rpm
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