Sunday, July 10, 2011

2014 M3/M4 Goes WHOOSH! WHOOSH! From A 6 Cylinder | Auto-Moto

AutoExpress Bigger was better until a great portion of world leaders decided to follow California in emissions and mpg requirements. The new flagship 3 Series is due in 2014, and will feature a fresh 3.3-litre six-cylinder engine. This is set to get three turbos – one powered by electricity (proven to just be a concept. The actual 2014 is a bi-turbo pushing 425bhp), rather than the exhaust gases – and is rumoured to offer 450bhp. A mix of steel and ultra-light carbon fiber reinforced plastic in the body will help deliver huge pace.

But as the boss of BMW’s M Division, Dr Friedrich Nitschke revealed, the car will also be efficient. “There will be a bigger focus on very low fuel consumption (hence the electric turbo-to assist the V6 at low speeds/ low rpm's),” he said. “The new M3 will prove this.”

However, this more eco-friendly approach won't dilute the M Division’s high-performance appeal – as a replacement for the M1 supercar is finally coming close to reality. There’s no word on engines – but it would need a V10 or V12 to compete with rivals from Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Ferrari. If the project gets the green light, it’s unlikely to arrive before 2016.

I need to get rich just to support my car addiction.

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