Originally Posted by grimlock
The N52 in de-tuned form can be felt to be weak vs. the N20 in highly tuned -28 form. But the N52 in either 255 or 272hp is a thing of beauty. To compare this with a stressed 2.0T is like a featherweight on roids vs. Mike Tyson in his sleep.
It's sacrificing longevity and realiability for performance and economy figures.
There is nothing beautiful about the N20. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then this would require one to be blind.
tell that to my frowny face driving the loaner 328i
I've haven't driven the N20 yet, but I'm pretty sure all those reviews praising the engine aren't lying. I also love it when small little engines can push out big power, starting with the SR20DET from the Nissan S14 to the current Lancer Evolution.