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BMW 1 Series with B38 three-cylinder engine First Drive



Can we embrace this three-cylinder turbo in a BMW? Yes. Does it feel cheap and are we just pandering to a BMW bias? No. This is a legitimate and significant move that's long been in the planning stages, not a fluke. It'll be put to use in every model below the 5 Series, we are told.

But what about the proliferation of front-wheel drive into BMWs and not just Mini? We'll have to wait and see, since that wasn't tested here. We suppose that depends on how far across the lineup they choose to spread out the technology...
 

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3 cylinder, twin-scroll turbo.

I can't make that work in my head.
 

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I hope thar electrical cars and hydrogen cars will come soon. Till that moment I stick with 6 or 8 zylinder.
 

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Soon the I6 will (again?) be the premier BMW engine...V8 and V10 will be things of the past.
 

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I would say the I6 is still the true engine for a BMW. The smaller turbocharged engines meet the needs of some BMW owners, but the I6 has a spot in the heart of every BMW enthusiast.
 

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^ For sure I agree, but I sense a little bias coming from "e46king" haha.

Just kidding...I'm coming from a S54B32, so I'm with you on the I6 being a BMW classic. But unfortunately classic is what it's becoming..
 

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Nice, love the M3s. I still have my 330i (currently on jack stands waiting for my Bilstien PSS coilovers to be rebuilt). The Outback was a recent purchase but I am loving the AWD and low maintenance costs.

I think BMW has to keep competitive with the turbocharged small engines for the fuel conscious buyers in Europe and the US. The I6 has been around for a long time and I imagine they will continue to be offered in one capacity or another.
 

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The way they're heading I can't imagine they'll ever match the E46 body and high revving I6 under that bonnet.
 

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^ It's a direct swap, you're good!
 

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175 hp and 200 ft. lbs torque. seems like it would be fun to me. provided the car can handle well.
 

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^ As standard with most other BMW models, I imagine it would be a blast through the twisties. Not exactly powerful, but good for spirited driving.
 

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That's exactly what I would like. Handling > Speed. And from the cars I'm used to, I have no doubt that it would feel powerful.
 
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