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A two-cylinder BMW?

 A two-cylinder BMW?
Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW chief of development 2010

BMW development chief says it is a possibility - ideal is 500 cubic centimeters per cylinder and an output between 80 PS (59 kW) and 100 PS (74 kW)

A two-cylinder BMW?

In an interview with German magazine Auto, Motor und Sport, Dr. Klaus Draeger, member of the board of management in charge of development at BMW AG, said it is a possibility.

According to Draeger, the strategy would be to have small, highly-efficient power plants in future, front-wheel drive compact BMW and MINI models instead of utilizing expensive hybrid technology to keep emissions down.

Costly hybrid systems don't provide as much additional fuel-efficiency on a compact car as they do on larger vehicles and they wouldn't win back their investment with the low prices that compact cars sell for.

"Already in the 1-Series and 3-series the potential savings compared to larger motors is rather low," said Draeger.

For such engines, 500 cubic centimeters per cylinder is ideal, said Draeger. Hinting at a two-cylinder, 1.0 liter power plant for the future BMW front drive platform the brand will share with MINI. Draeger sees such a small engine being able to develop between 80 PS (59 kW) and 100 PS (74 kW) - ideal for that class of car.

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Comments (15)

 radmeister radmeister
The 1000cc BMW motorcycle engine is epic, i believe they have it up to 133bhp and 115nm in their HP2 1170cc. Which in 1000ccs means 113bhp and 98nm which is more than enough for a small car. And that is not turbo, i think with a variable turbo it would be a very solid engine.
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October 25, 2010 2:22 am
 o3n1k o3n1k
not a fan of small engines... gd job though!
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October 21, 2010 8:19 pm
 nederinaa nederinaa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTDJ0x1vG... i think it is ok, but sounds like a vespa
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October 21, 2010 3:43 pm
 N20_Purge N20_Purge
Never heard a 2 cylinder engine sound and I don't think it'll sound appealing either. For small cars, these kind of engines make sense. However, in larger cars, they should create hybrids instead.
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October 21, 2010 2:41 pm
 autoficianado autoficianado
It's kinda shocking to heary ya know...2 cylinder engine in a car...but...like everyone said gas prices and technology have increased signifgantly. If anyone can do this I have faith BMW can...but...at least put a turbo on that sucka...
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October 21, 2010 2:15 pm
 FloPoe FloPoe
Isn't Fiat's new MultiAir engine a two cylinder with around 80hp? Right now it is for sure that 3 cylinder turbo engines are coming so why not even two cylinder. I think it will work better than all this expensive hybrid nonsense.
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October 21, 2010 12:53 pm
 Siawa Siawa
With the gas prices rising all the time, the world needs them.
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October 21, 2010 12:03 pm
 mb74 mb74
well if they used their late model Boxer engines then they would look good, sound good and have a low center of gravity. If it were light it would be fun.
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October 21, 2010 11:53 am
 Soorena Soorena
i can't imagine a 2 cylinder engine sound,how does it sound?
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October 21, 2010 11:47 am
 GTurbo GTurbo
A smart MINI or MINI smart? You be the judge.
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October 21, 2010 11:39 am