BMW Ms Getting Four-Cylinders?

March 28, 2008

Today's BMW M3 does some wonderful things with a V-8 engine -- but enthusiasts, owners, and now apparently, even management think that the M cars need to get back to their small-engine roots.

Motor Authority reports that the German automaker's CEO Norbert Reithofer has some interesting plans ahead for all of BMW, not just the M cars. For the mainstream Bimmer lineup, Reithofer wants to eliminate diesel V-8 engines entirely.

But for the M cars the changes could be more drastic. Instead of moving up into V-8s and V-10s, Reithofer hinted that he'd like six-cylinder turbos, like those found in the 3-Series and 1-Series, to power future M cars. To go along with the downsized engines, the cars would also have to become lighter, which would help reduce emissions and fuel economy as well.

The original M3, if you remember back 20 years, was a flyweight powered by a four-cylinder engine. Times have changed -- and as I said in my M3 review from last summer, the new M3 is certainly faster than before, "but is it better?"

What do you think? Tell us in a comment if you'd rather see the M cars stay the way they are, or get lighter and smaller.

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