BMW 4 Cylinders Coming to the US

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Bloomberg is reporting that BMW NA may be bringing some of its stellar four cylinder powerplants to the US in the future. However we can exclusively report (as we have mentioned previously) that there is no maybe about it. BMW NA has definitely given the go ahead to bring the at least one 4 cylinder power-plant to the US as soon as 2011. Destined for either the E90 3 Series or the a 1 Series model, the power-plant could either be a current engine or one of the two new 1.8L turbos (producing 204 or 240 hp). While there ‘s an outside chance four cylinder diesels could also make it, we wouldn ‘t hold our breath unless there are some drastic fuel price shifts

Here ‘s an excerpt from the Bloomberg piece:

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the world’s biggest maker of luxury cars, probably will bring back four-cylinder engines to meet tougher U.S. fuel-economy standards, the company’s top North American engineer said.

The automaker, which hasn’t offered the smaller engines in the U.S. since 1999, wants to boost fuel efficiency without hurting its reputation for performance vehicles, said Tom Baloga, BMW’s vice president of engineering for the U.S.

“The biggest challenge will be maintaining the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ performance,” he said in an interview today, referring to the Munich-based company’s marketing motto.

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  • Bravo, very good news in my opinion.

  • RJ

    I think it’s great news as well…my only hope is that the new generation BMW 4 cylinder engines are smoother than the last 4 cylinder engine sold in the 318ti and Z3. I had a 318ti from new in 1997, 1.9 liter, and while very frugal (low 30s mpg highway) and peppy, it always idled kinda rough, which always surprised me. Ran strong – I sold it at somewhere around 135k miles – but a rough idle nonetheless.

  • Chris B.
    “The biggest challenge will be maintaining the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ performance,” he said in an interview today, referring to the Munich-based company’s marketing motto.

    The A4 2.0T will be the only A4 model available to the USDM for the 2010 model year. So don’t tell me (not talking to you Gabe) that frugality and performance are two mutually exclusive concepts Americans will have an aversion to. That is just not the case.

    I greatly questions the decision makers competence at BMW these days. From saying “The biggest challenge will be maintaining the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’ performance,” when BMW has be selling 4 bangers in other markets for decades to canceling the printing of brochures (which for many reasons works-cost- but a salesperson telling to to “go online” to check out features, colors, etc. is quite off-putting – and it’s only BMWNA that’s doing this). I have other examples I can pull but it seems like there’s a touch less passion at BMWNA and more business savy. A real shame I say from a company that’s always promoted automotive enthusiasm.

  • Melis

    Hopefully they’ll be twin-spool Turbo I-4s like they use in the R56 Cooper S.

  • PocoToro

    Bring over a 120i convertible or a 135d convertible and I’ll be buying

  • Dave Z

    Just please let them have more HP and torque than my old 318ti.

  • CycloneRcr

    You would love the 120d or 320d if BMW decides to let them travel through the Atlantic. It’s not about fuel prices or the consumption. A 320d blows up every four pot diesel/gas engine in the same category, even the 320i of BMW has no chance. You should better try it yourself.

  • TMQ

    x23i – 1.80 liters I4, 204 hp/300Nm (221 ft lbs) x25i – 1.80 liters I4, 240 hp/350Nm (258 ft lbs)

    Maybe more likely the 204 HP version, to go head to head against the Audi 2.0T. The 240 HP version could make the current naturally aspired I6 pointless.

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