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BMW’s 3 Series Coupe is fading away. It’s soon to be replaced by the all-new 2014 4 Series, a car that’s powered by either a four- or six-cylinder turbo. But what about drivers that want even more performance than what’s provided by these base engines? There’s no need to call Scooby Doo and company because the Concept M4 Coupe is a pretty obvious clue as to what’s in the works.
Crossovers and family sedans make up a huge part of the automotive market. These sensible, everyday vehicles are safe, spacious and efficient; in short they’re perfect for families, be them planned or… not. But for all their merits these cars are about as much fun as counting grains of sugar in a five-pound bag.
Welcome to the first installment of “Ask AutoGuide!” a brand-new weekly feature where we help you find the right new car or truck. Think of it as internet community service, our way of giving back to the loyal people who share so much with us. Best of all the advice comes from the heart since it’s not court-ordered and we don’t have to check in with a parole officer.
Vehicle quality was not the only thing making news when Consumer Reports unveiled the results of its latest reliability study in Detroit earlier this week. Amongst the issues highlighted by the consumer publication were real world fuel economy and forced induction engine technology.
Initially it was believed that the 2014 M3 would see a tri-turbo, straight-six engine, but now a BMW insider is claiming that a 3.0L, twin-turbo V6 is in the works. In a way it makes sense, considering BMW is outfitting its M5 and M6 models with 4.4L, twin-turbo V8 engine.
Either way, one thing is for sure: the next-generation M3 won’t be seeing a naturally aspirated powerplant which it has had for the past 26 years. Natural improvements on the next-generation M3 include lighter weight components, helping it shave a few more pounds, and a possibility of electric power steering. Transmission options should remain six-speed manual with an updated seven-speed dual-clutch option.
Rumor has it that for the first time, the new BMW M3 sedan will surface first with the coupe following afterwards.
[Source: Inside Line]
And now, a moment of silence, for a passing legend. BMW has finally killed off the engine that once brought it to greatness: its venerable inline-six.
Due to fuel efficiency concerns, the straight-six is being phased out in favor of turbocharging and four-cylinder engines, like in the next 1-Series. The six was known among enthusiasts for its aural allure and smooth power delivery, being one of the most regarded naturally-aspirated engines in production.
But now, “it is more about fuel economy more than anything else,” says Piers Scott, a BMW spokesman. “From a performance perspective obviously we’ve had some enormous success with naturally aspirated engines. But now we’re able to achieve comparable performance but with far greater fuel economy through smaller, more compact turbochargers.”
Within a few years, BMW hopes to move to an all-turbocharged lineup, like a Teutonic Saab. BMW continues to offer turbocharged versions of its 3.0-liter six-cylinder powerplant – like in the 335i.
The BMW straight-six can draw its history from the Big Six series, the successor and further development of the legendary Neue Klasse. Over the years, BMW sixes have powered everything from the M1 race car to the “sharknose” 6-series, from powerful M5s and M3s to even the most mundane 730i. It’s the engine that made the company; it’s to BMW what flat-sixes are to Porsche and rotaries are to Mazdas. And now that it’s been killed off, well—the world of cars seems a little more homogenized as a result.
Ironically, the Senior Six was developed as a replacement for the Neue Klass’s M10 four-cylinder, the engine that powered the 2002—a car whose most legendary form came with a Turbo. The more things change, said Bon Jovi, the more things stay the same.