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      01-11-2011, 06:06 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by marcel b View Post
you guys in the States are spoiled / used to the powerful versions of the different model ranges. In other parts of the world it is more common to have less powerful engines. The majority of 3 series sold in Europe have less then 200hp, by far!
A turbocharged 4 cylinder with a lot more torque and a better powerband will be beter performing in daily life then a straight six with the same hp. The sound is of course a different thing, especially in a Z4. Let's see how BMW tuned the sound of the FI 4cylinders.

I am told that the X5 will receive the 4cylinder turbo as well by the way. That sounds a bit strange, 4cylinder in such a huge car. You will probable see the street when you open the hood.
I totally agree--I think BMW realized with the failed 318 that low BHP wasn't going to cut it here in the States.

But I really think a lot of that has to do with weight--other car makers like Porsche and Lotus have shown that less HP can = more if you do well in the weight reduction and handling department.

I am just willing to bet people will see a sub-200 BHP Z and think wtf?
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