• Next generation F80 M3 and F82 M4 to come with E85 ethanol flex-fuel capability? Spy photos show ethanol testing

      We all know the next generation F80 M3 is coming with a turbocharged inline-6 motor. What we did not know is whether ethanol compatibility would be something that BMW would test or consider. Ethanol is becoming very popular with owners of the N54 direct injected 3.0 liter twin turbo inline-6 used in the E82 135 and E9X 335 models. The fuel makes quite a difference especially in a direct injected application like what the new M3/M4 will be.


      The spyphotos below show BMW testing the fuel in the upcoming M3. At this gas station the blue handle is for ethanol which is clearly what is being pumped. The green handle is for standard gas.

      If the car has ethanol compatibility stock, this will make for a very interesting development for performance enthusiasts and tuners who have embraced the advantages offered by fuels like E85.













      This article was originally published in forum thread: BMW Testing E85 on the new F80 M3? started by KB View original post
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      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        I wonder if this guy was merely doing some E85 testing as a preparation for Brazilian market cars.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by whoosh Click here to enlarge
        I wonder if this guy was merely doing some E85 testing as a preparation for Brazilian market cars.
        Certainly possible. Also possible he grabbed the wrong handle.
      1. benzy89's Avatar
        benzy89 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Itsbrokeagain Click here to enlarge
        IMO I don't see E85 lasting all that long here in the US...at least at its current cheap pricing. The govt did away with all the subsidies for the farmers who sold corn to produce ethanol, so prices are going up. I'd rather see the US pushing for clean diesel instead of taking the food we could eat and turning it into fuel.
        E85 is here to stay, especially with the new demand for it. Also, corn has ZERO nutritional value (lower demand when compared to carrots or potatoes) so it would be foolish of them to entirely pull out the ethanol-gas market. And at this point, I almost see more E85 pumps then diesel pumps (unless I'm on popular truck routes like the 95 or 78)
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by benzy89 Click here to enlarge
        E85 is here to stay, especially with the new demand for it. Also, corn has ZERO nutritional value (lower demand when compared to carrots or potatoes) so it would be foolish of them to entirely pull out the ethanol-gas market. And at this point, I almost see more E85 pumps then diesel pumps (unless I'm on popular truck routes like the 95 or 78)
        Corn tastes pretty great though.
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        Corn tastes pretty great though.
        Corn on the cob, dripping with butter... Cream corn... Sweet corn bread... Nom nom
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        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by whoosh Click here to enlarge
        Corn on the cob, dripping with butter... Cream corn... Sweet corn bread... Nom nom
        +10000000%

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      1. KB's Avatar
        KB -
        Most of the corn grown is for feed. On a different topic, I have a friend that gets used French fry oil from a local restaurant, strains it and uses it to run his old Mercedes diesel. Has had no issues....well, it runs anyway.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by KB Click here to enlarge
        Most of the corn grown is for feed. On a different topic, I have a friend that gets used French fry oil from a local restaurant, strains it and uses it to run his old Mercedes diesel. Has had no issues....well, it runs anyway.
        Pretty interesting concept. If it works, hey, cool.
      1. LostMarine's Avatar
        LostMarine -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by KB Click here to enlarge
        Most of the corn grown is for feed. On a different topic, I have a friend that gets used French fry oil from a local restaurant, strains it and uses it to run his old Mercedes diesel. Has had no issues....well, it runs anyway.
        i wouldnt publicise that, he'll either have a bullet in brain or offered millions to hush up..
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by LostMarine Click here to enlarge
        i wouldnt publicise that, he'll either have a bullet in brain or offered millions to hush up..
        LOL, this has been around for many many years...

        http://www.greasecar.com/faq
      1. dantamdds's Avatar
        dantamdds -
        Awesome!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dantamdds Click here to enlarge
        Awesome!
        If it's true... yep.