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      01-19-2011, 03:56 PM   #1
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On the heels of the big BMW turbo 4-cylinder (Specs/Info) news yesterday, SCOTT26 has provided (via his post) some dates for the switchover of certain BMW models from the current inline 6-cylinder to the new twinpower turbo I4 motor.

We have added end of production dates of the current 3-series, M3 and 1-series, based on official production schedules we have received.


Here is the I4 switchover and end of production schedule:
  • E89 Z4 sDrive30i to switch to TwinPower I4 in September 2011
  • F10/F11 528i to switch to TwinPower I4 in September 2011
  • F25 X3 xDrive28i to switch to TwinPower I4 in 4th Quarter 2011
  • E81/E87 1 series to end production by August 2011 (new 1-series hatchback launched after Geneva - will herald complete petrol turbo-charged engine line up)
  • E82/E88 1 series to end production in June 2012 (source)
  • E90/E91 3 series and M3 to end production in October 2011 (source)
  • E92/E93 3 series and M3 to end production sometime in 4th Quarter 2012 (still unconfirmed)

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no turbo 4 in the 3er?
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It's upsetting to see the end of naturally aspirated engines in BMW's
Lets just hope the turbo 4 cyl's don't have HPFP problems
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[*]E92/E93 3 series and M3 to end production sometime in 4th Quarter 2012
they grow up so fast
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      01-19-2011, 04:25 PM   #6
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they grow up so fast
seems like only yesterday i was seeing pics of the M3 Concept
I agree.
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no turbo 4 in the 3er?
Supposedly not in the E9x. The new F30 comes out next year and will get one or more variants of this engine right from the beginning.


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History is apparently repeating itself.... " who knew" lol
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Someone correct me if I am wrong, but the LCI 1 series is only in production for about a year then? From first quarter this year to first quarter next?
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Wonderful!

But I can't help but wonder...what took BMW so long?! This engine should have been out 5 years ago!
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Seems like there will still be the turbocharged I6 ... jeez you can really feel the end of the N/A I6, V8, V10 engines... If I were u I'll hold on to that V8 for the rest of my life! Things went really fast this time... bummer
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Someone correct me if I am wrong, but the LCI 1 series is only in production for about a year then? From first quarter this year to first quarter next?
I think the 5dr hatch and maybe a rumored sedan will launch first, the coupe and vert will launch one year later as usual.
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seems like only yesterday i was seeing pics of the M3 Concept
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I see NA petrol engines slipping into history at BMW. Still no word on N55 availability in the next 1 series. Note how the "complete turbocharged petrol engine line up" statement skirts the issue.
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no turbo 4 in the 3er?
The E9x 3 series and E8x 1 series will not get the turbo 4 because they are going out of production soon anyway. Instead the motor will come in new F3x 3 series and F2x 1 series.

BTW, can someone please confirm the alphanumeric code for this engine? It's driving me crazy calling it turbo 4, and I am too lazy to type "TwinPower Inline 4 cylinder" everywhere.
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What about "TPI4C"?


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I see NA petrol engines slipping into history at BMW. Still no word on N55 availability in the next 1 series. Note how the "complete turbocharged petrol engine line up" statement skirts the issue.
N55 extremely unlikely for the F2x 1 series, IMHO.

For the coupe and convertible, I would look for an HO 2L turbo I4 with somewhere around 285hp, and a 1M (or M2, perhaps) with a 350hp+ turbo I4, perhaps with displacement bumped to 2.2L or so.
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Actually, I think I may just use "N20" (with the quotes) as the working name until SCOTT or BMW themselves can confirm. I dug up that article I mentioned to you in another thread:

http://www.bimmerpost.com/2010/08/24...ineup-preview/

See the last paragraph. I.e. N20 and N13. Of course, they (Automobile mag) might have just made those up.

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Thanks, M! I hope BMW will confirm (or correct) this soon.


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