Don't Worry, There's No Four-Cylinder BMW M Models Coming… For Now

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

BMW‘s M isn’t ruling out a possible hybrid four-cylinder powertrain for the future.

Head of BMW M, Frank Van Meel, told Australian media the sub-brand plans on sticking with six-cylinder powerplants even though its rivals are turning to four-cylinder mills. According to Van Meel, a four-cylinder engine doesn’t have the characteristics he would like to see in an M car, even if it’s turbocharged. “I wouldn’t do a four-cylinder standalone turbocharged with high performance, because you always have the characteristic that if you want high performance you lose the low-end torque and you lose the overall driveability you want to have from the car,” he said.

But the company isn’t entirely ruling out the idea of a four-cylinder powertrain eventually heading into the engine bay of BMW M models. The boss admitted electrification with a four-cylinder engine is a possibility, but it won’t be anytime soon.

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While electric motors could help boost low-end torque, using a hybrid powertrain means adding weight to the car, which is not something BMW M models like to do. The performance sub-brand is working with BMW’s i sub-brand on looking at next-generation battery cells and seeing when it would be the right time to go towards electrification. The good news for die-hard BMW M enthusiasts? That time is not now.

“So, with nowadays technology, we don’t see that [working], but I can’t tell you what the next steps with the BMW Group will be,” Van Meel added.

[Source: CarAdvice]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Sep 23, 2017

    WHEW!!! THANK GOD For a moment; i was concerned BMW may resurrect an E30 M3 or whatnot. i mean who wants that??