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      12-08-2011, 11:12 PM   #19

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Originally Posted by Pangloss View Post
IMO that's why they threw a few kitchen sink techs into the N55 that weren't really necessary. If the N55 had dropped a turbocharger without adding twin scroll and Valvetronic it probably would have dropped off this and similar lists, even if the horsepower had come out the same (which is certainly possible, given the strength of aftermarket tunes and the general consensus that output from these blocks is conservatively rated).

BMW is an engine company that also makes cars. There's a lot of company image under that hood.
Originally Posted by Pangloss View Post
Because people assume that having two turbos is better than having one.

I don't know that I would agree with Remonster that the N55 is superior to the N54, though. It might be, if for no other reason than the fact that engines generally improve over time and with proper attention, as is generally the case with BMW. But it's clearly no worse, and it does include technologies that were not present in the N54.

I don't even think Remonster was wrong in saying that it was "not much of an upgrade". From a consumer perspective it's a total shrug. The only people who seem to have really noticed are enthusiasts and engineering awards committees like Ward's Auto.
Completely agree.