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BMW 4-Cylinder Engines Return to US in 2011 in the Z4 sDrive28i

New 2.0-liter turbocharged for-cylinder offers performance of a six

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – Embargo: April 18, 2011 1:00PM EDT… Following the announcement in February of the return of a 4-cylinder engine to the US BMW line-up, BMW today announced that the new 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-Cylinder will first power the Z4 sDrive28i that will arrive in BMW Centers this fall. Like the company’s latest TwinPower Turbo 3.0-liter turbo inline-6, the new 2.0-liter engine will combine highpressure direct-injection and BMW’s VALVETRONIC intake control (hence the name: TwinPower) with a forced induction system consisting of a single twin-scroll turbocharger.
With 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, it offers more power and torque than BMW’s normally aspirated 3.0-liter inline-6 that it replaces in the Z4 sDrive30i.

The maximum output of 240 horsepower is achieved at 5,000 rpm, 1,500 rpm lower than in the normally-aspirated 3.0-liter inline six. The peak torque of 260 lb-ft, comes on stream at just 1,250 rpm. Not only is that 30% more torque than the aforementioned inline-6, it also peaks 1,500 rpm earlier. The vigorous power comes on early and climbs steadily all the way to redline.

The 4-cylinder engine with its all-aluminum crankcase is lighter and more compact than a 6-cylinder engine of equivalent power. The turbocharger is a twin-scroll system. The exhaust streams leaving the two pairs of cylinders are kept completely separate as they flow through the exhaust manifold and the turbocharger, taking a spiral path to the turbine wheel. This configuration results in very low exhaust back pressure at low engine rpm, and allows the energy of the exhaust gas pulses to be optimally managed and translated into powerful rotation of the turbine blades, without a delay in throttle response.

The patented BMW VALVETRONIC system with seamlessly variable intake valve lift control dispenses with the throttle valve system typical of conventional engines. Instead, combustion air mass is controlled inside the engine, resulting in much faster response.

Pumping losses are kept to a minimum, making the engine more efficient. The High Precision Injection direct-injection system also helps to improve efficiency. Centrally positioned between the valves, solenoid injectors with a maximum injection pressure of 200 bar (2,900 psi) precisely control the supply of fuel. The fuel is injected very close to the spark plug, resulting in clean and homogeneous combustion.

The cooling effect of the injected fuel also allows for a higher compression ratio than might otherwise be possible. This results in further efficiency improvements. In the Z4 sDrive28i, we expect a fuel efficiency gain of approximately 20% over the naturally aspirated engine it replaces when combined with the 8 speed automatic transmission.

Detailed performance and efficiency specifications will follow at a later date, but this is clearly a new chapter in the story of BMW EfficientDynamics.

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BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 138 BMW motorcycle retailers, 105 MINI passenger car dealers, and 30 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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The maximum output of 240 horsepower is achieved at 5,000 rpm, 1,500 rpm lower than in the normally-aspirated 3.0-liter inline six. The peak torque of 260 lb-ft, comes on stream at just 1,250 rpm. Not only is that 30% more torque than the aforementioned inline-6, it also peaks 1,500 rpm earlier. The vigorous power comes on early and climbs steadily all the way to redline.

Hmm, it's close in HP and torque to a blown EJ20... but it peaks earlier at 5000 instead of EJ20's 6000 rpm or 6500 rpm. So, this is a good example of the benefit of using twin-scroll turbo.

EfficientDynamics is not really that efficient like they are saying. Subies EJ20 was already building engines with those performance numbers in the 1990s. It will use less gas because it has a lighter block than the 3.0 liter NA engine so it will have less to haul around, and it will use less gas at idle. Other than that, it's a gas hog when flooring it. :number1
 

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i'm just happy to see bmw bringing back a 4cyl and a direct injection one at that.
 

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Isnt bmw a pain in the ass to work on and tune? I mean doesnt everything take "bmw" special tools?
 

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Isnt bmw a pain in the ass to work on and tune? I mean doesnt everything take "bmw" special tools?
newer stuff can be a pain in the ass. especially when you have to rely on overpriced crap like dinan. hence why i have an e36
 

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Isnt bmw a pain in the ass to work on and tune? I mean doesnt everything take "bmw" special tools?
I had an e30. No special tools except for the engine check/oil change light reset tool. You just need metric tools like Japanese cars. Since the inline-6 engine is longitudinally-mounted, working on it was easier because there is more space in the engine bay. It is a tight area between the front of the engine and the radiator though.
 

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i'm just happy to see bmw bringing back a 4cyl and a direct injection one at that.
They are putting it into the Z4. You know how many people I would have to kill for that car. Just kidding. It would be interesting for them to stick that engine into a 1-series coupe.
 

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They are putting it into the Z4. You know how many people I would have to kill for that car. Just kidding. It would be interesting for them to stick that engine into a 1-series coupe.
exactly...i would take it over their twin-six less issues to deal with....probably better fuel economy and i'm not trying for 400-500whp so the 4cyl would be perfect. too bad the z4 isn't to my liking cosmetically and this won't ever be an affordable swap lol
 
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