A two-cylinder BMW?

Dr. Klaus Draeger, BMW chief of development 2010
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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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.
Oct 25th, 2010 9:22am
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o3n1k o3n1k
not a fan of small engines... gd job though!
Oct 22nd, 2010 3:19am
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nederinaa nederinaa
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTDJ0x1vGdo&feature=related i think it is ok, but sounds like a vespa
Oct 21st, 2010 10:43pm
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
I'm not a fan of it, but it does have a retro sound which suits the Fiat 500.
Oct 22nd, 2010 12:00am
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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.
Oct 21st, 2010 9:41pm
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holmstar holmstar
An 80hp 2 cylinder would be fine for the vast majority of larger hybrids, so long as it is paired with a fairly powerful electric motor. Very few vehicles need more than 80hp for cruising, thus the engine can charge up the batteries while cruising/braking, and the electric motor is used for hard acceleration and to supplement the motor when the battery is over a certain charge level. The car would still perform fine, and the gas engine would be operating at closer to it's maximum efficiency. (counter-intuitively, gasoline engines are most efficient when run wide open)
Oct 22nd, 2010 1:14am
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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...
Oct 21st, 2010 9:15pm
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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.
Oct 21st, 2010 7:53pm
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Siawa Siawa
With the gas prices rising all the time, the world needs them.
Oct 21st, 2010 7:03pm
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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.
Oct 21st, 2010 6:53pm
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bboothy bboothy
Exactly! BMW Motorrad has been manufacturing a 1-liter boxer twin for close to 100 years! The modern incarnation puts out over 100 HP, which would be more than enough for any vehicle weighting in under a ton.
Oct 22nd, 2010 12:11am
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Soorena Soorena
i can't imagine a 2 cylinder engine sound,how does it sound?
Oct 21st, 2010 6:47pm
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kryst_PL kryst_PL
Listen to BMW F800 motorcycle. Its an 800cc paralell twin, youll get the point :)
Oct 21st, 2010 11:44pm
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Madness Madness
It sounds like this: pop..pop...pop...pop.pop.popopopopopop.pop..pop....pop..pop
Oct 22nd, 2010 3:58pm
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GTurbo GTurbo
A smart MINI or MINI smart? You be the judge.
Oct 21st, 2010 6:39pm
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