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      09-14-2012, 05:37 PM   #23
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Sounds pretty sweet to me, subaru boxer-ish
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      09-14-2012, 05:43 PM   #24
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I love this!
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      09-14-2012, 06:02 PM   #25
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That actually doesn't sound bad at all. At idle it sounds less than golden, but under acceleration it sounds remarkably like an I6. Actually I would go so far to say that it sounds like a throatier M54. Good job BMW!

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      09-14-2012, 06:32 PM   #26
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I'm freakin impressed!
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      09-14-2012, 06:54 PM   #27
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This will go in which series???
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      09-14-2012, 07:15 PM   #28
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so this is basically a 3.0 inline 6 chopped in half.
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      09-14-2012, 07:17 PM   #29
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I like 3 cylinders... bc I used to have a daytona 675 but that was on a bike
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At least it isn't lethargic...
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      09-14-2012, 08:01 PM   #31
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the supercharged 1.5l 3 cylinder we had on our Sea Doo RXP was awesome (215hp) so I know it can be done. BMW just offered further proof.
+1! I've been thinking exactly this with the rxp-x and rxt-x models. 3 cylinders with 260 hp and very reliable for years on end (my experience.)

Really surprised with this sounding way better than a 4 cyl though, what gives?! Never thought i'd say this but i may want to downgrade to 3 cylinders lol
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      09-14-2012, 08:02 PM   #32
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Nice, better than I thought it would... Sounds great for a 1.5
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      09-14-2012, 08:43 PM   #33
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This will go in which series???
It's in the BMW concept active tourer on the homepage and will also go in the fwd 1 series GT which will be based on that concept. So we'll likely see it in other future fwd 1 series models and mini.
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      09-14-2012, 08:45 PM   #34
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This sounds just awesome and more classic inline BMW motor than does the N20. Looks like it'll be a runner as well. I hope they put it in a solid rear drive platform as well whatever else they might choose to do with it notwithstanding.
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This is cool. I'd imagine with a tune these cars are going to be in the 240hp area with incredible mpgs
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SOOOOO the question now becomes, will BMW release a 325i turbo 3 for the US market to compete with the lower end competitors at a lower price- something with like 200-215 hp, maybe accompanied by a 328i bump to 250-260? that would make a lot of sense to me.
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      09-14-2012, 11:04 PM   #39
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I like the sound, not bad!
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Wasn't their rumours that this would go into the base MINI (or an engine other than the current I4) and the S and JCW would retain the I4?
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Wow, loving the high revving!
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This does indeed sound better than most 4-cylinder engines, the only notable exception I can think of being the Fiat 500 Abarth, which has a great exhaust note by any standard, but absolutely incredible by 4-cylinder standards. The R56 Mini Cooper S's engine isn't bad either, but that's less of a sporty aggressive note and more of a spunky, bubbly note that's entirely in character with the rest of the car and is kinda fun to go bombing around with.

In any case, I was highly skeptical when I clicked Play on the video, and I came away very impressed.
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Sounds better than a 4 cyl.
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I'm impressed! It's awesome! And know what? It sounds not worse then my N63 550i !!!
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