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Musical performance by BMWs 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo

By SYF77 on 08 Oct 2012


You have read about it. Now, lets hear about it. The subject of this post is BMWs latest engine family, the 1.5-litre TwinPower turbo three-cylinder unit. A series of videos on Youtube show the highlights of an event organized by BMW for motoring journalists to test out the new engine mounted on a BMW 1 series.


According to BMW, the petrol version of the 1.5-litre powerplant is claimed to provide a sporty soundtrack.

Quoting from the Bavarian manufacturer - "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."

Codenamed B38, the unit fitted into the prototype 1 series is tuned to produce 180bhp and 270Nm of torque. It is connected to an 8-speed automatic transmission in the test car. This new engine family will be offered in outputs ranging from 120bhp to 220bhp eventually. They can be mounted longitudinally or transversely and therefore will be suitable for application in front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicles.

BMW claims that the new three-cylinder engine sounds similar to a six-cylinder instead of a four-cylinder. Is the claim justified? Switch on your speakers to find out!

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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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Ferrari_enzo Oct 09 2012 10:30 AM
3L NA good sound, 2L TC bad sound hence 1.5L TC to feel better
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