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Yes, the era of the naturally aspirated M cars is over, reports Autoblog. Currently the only NA model left in the M lineup is the high-performance 3 Series and it will be the last non-turbo M car claims a source inside BMW.
In the hunt for extra power, turbos can add thrust easily and recent innovations to eliminate turbo lag has significantly improved the driving feel. Plus, turbos can deliver those big performance numbers without the same level of environmental impact.
We’d be hard-pressed to turn down more power, but there’s nothing like the feel of an NA motor under your right foot. When production on the current M3 finally does end, we’ll be sure to pour out a hefeweizen on the nearest apex we can find.
GALLERY: BMW M3 GTS
Aston Martin is claiming that their upcoming One-77 supercar, with a 7.3L V12 putting out 750 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. The closest competitor in the power stakes is the Pagani Zonda Clubsport, which puts out similar torque but only 681 horsepower.
Only 77 examples will be built for an estimated cost of $1.8 million dollars. “The One-77 is approaching a production reality and of course, there is considerable excitement in the project. Now the next steps are all about details and refinement to complete the composition. I know the final car will demonstrate what the Aston Martin team is capable of,” said Ulrich Bez, Aston Martin’s CEO, to Autocar.