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Ten Turbocharged Cars We Can't Wait to Get Our Hands On
Turbocharged vehicles are quickly becoming the answer to having a fuel-efficient vehicle, with exciting performance. They seem to all be geared towards the sensible enthusiast, offering sporty dynamics, while still getting solid fuel efficiency.
Here’s some of the upcoming turbo-charged vehicles you can expect in the next few years. We’ve got some spy-pictures, and concept designs, even though some details of these cars are still unknown.
Despite reports to the contrary, new rumors suggest the BMW M3 sedan will live on. The bigger news, however, is that it will be the only M3 model offered.
Not to worry two-door lovers. BMW has not forgotten you. There will in fact be a coupe model, it’s just that it will wear the M4 badge in keeping with BMW’s new naming policy that will have sedans wear odd numbers, while coupes and others will get the even digits.
As perhaps a sign of just how different the upcoming M3/M4 will be compared to its “regular” counterparts, BMW has reportedly given the new M cars their own chassis code. Any BMW enthusiast can rhyme off their chassis codes, from the E30 M3 to the E90 M3, and while it was expected the new M-powered F30 3 Series would be called the F30 M3, it will instead be called the F80. So for fun, mess with a BMW fanboy today and ask him what he thinks of the new F82 M4 coupe.
With the 2012 M5 now revealed in all its turbocharged glory, the auto tabloids have switched focus to the next-generation M3.
While the V8 has long been rumored as dead, the latest reports indicated BMW will switch back to a straight-six engine, opting instead for turbochargers to make up the difference for the decreased displacement. In fact, the next-gen M3 mill will drop almost a quarter of its size, down to 3.3-liters. The straight-six will then be blessed with not one, not two, but three turbochargers – one of which will be electrically powered. Rumors of this same setup on an X3 M model have surfaced before and if true, let’s hope the engineers in Munich have advanced electric turbos beyond the eBay kind.