BMW confirms four-cylinder turbo power for 2012 U.S. models

By Editors on January 28, 2011 1:38 PM

Speaking at this week's Washington Auto Show, BMW USA boss Jim O'Donnell ended speculation about the automaker's intent to bring four-cylinder power back to America. In a wide-ranging speech that touched on all forms of future powertrain tech, including clean diesels, hybrids and electrics, O'Donnell said that BMW's latest state-of-the-art force-fed four will be appearing in several of its model lines by the end of 2011.

This new TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter engine will benefit from the complete suite of BMW's force-feeding regimen and match its dual-scroll turbocharger with high-pressure direct fuel injection and Valvetronic intake control. "With 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, it offers more power and torque than our normally aspirated 3.0-liter inline six and most importantly, provides the classic BMW combination of power, refinement and pure driving pleasure," O'Donnell noted. While he stopped short of indicating which BMW vehicles will get the new turbo four, it seems virtually certain to find a home under the hood of the entry-level 1 Series, 3 Series and possibly even 5 Series models as well as become the new base motivator for BMW's X1 and X3 CUVs and the two-seat Z4 roadster.