Originally Posted by antzcrashing
In the 90s BMW sold 4 cyllinders in the US. by the e46 they were gone, and American BMW drivers celebrated. Now they are back, and those same people are still BMW fans, and despise the 4-cylinder even more.
The reason the 4-cylinders disappeared then was because they were underpowered for the weight of the car compared to the 4-cylinder engines of the E30 days. How do you figure that all these people despise 4-cylinder engines even more? Sure, there is something to be said for the silky smoothness and decent torque of an NA I6, but modern 4-cylinders have come a long way. As someone already said, if these new engines offer equal or improved drivability, then most people probably won't care that the NA I6 has been replaced. It will be us enthusiasts/purists that miss it the most.