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Will FWD BMW lose its flavour?

By SYF77 on 18 Mar 2010

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Never say never. BMWs CEO Norbert Reithofer revealed to the press that the Bavaria automaker is working on a new front wheel drive platform that will be underpin BMWs future entry-level models measuring 3800mm to 4300mm. This could be the most shocking news of the decade to BMW enthusiasts out there. This new platform is expected to debut in the third generation MINI in 2014.

The company mentioned that the new entry level BMWs will sit below the 1-Series and assured that the 1-Series will maintain its rear wheel drive setup fortunately. However, this could be good news for future small BMWs as the interior space could be heavily sacrificed in order to accommodate the rear wheel drive configuration.

BMW claims that they are the 'Ultimate Driving Machine'. This claim shall be put to test when FWD BMW hits the road in about 4 yrs' time. Well, perhaps we should have some confidence with the BMW engineers. 10 years ago, there was no turbocharged BMWs. However, in recent years, BMW seemed to have perfected the art of turbocharging and the proof to this is that its 3.0L twin-turbocharged I-6 achieved its third consecutive spot on the Wards 10 Best Engines list last year.

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SYF77
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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Relagsingh Mar 18 2010 12:11 PM
"The company mentioned that the new entry level BMWs will sit below the 1-Series and assured that the 1-Series will maintain its rear wheel drive setup fortunately".

so other than the mini, what other models are they coming up with below the 1 series??

0.5 series? 0 series?? confused.gif confused.gif
Crazybugger Mar 18 2010 01:07 PM
Isn't the Mini already FWD and made by BMW?
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