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    • Automobile reporting BMW to drop N52 6 cylinder in Z4 in favor of turbo 4 cylinder

      Well, it would seem BMW is phasing out yet another naturally aspirated powerplant in one of their models. Not much of a surprise to us, we know bimmer boost is the future. There are very few details on the new poweplant other than it will be the new base motor and should likely be the replacement for the N52 across the board in the future. Rumors are around 200 horsepower but we will know more when the engine is officially unveiled. It would also not surprise us if this motor was in Mini models as well.


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      1. M3_WC's Avatar
        M3_WC -
        Not been a big fan what BMW is doing as of late. But I like this move of replacing the na 6, with a turbo 4.

        Audi has always drawn a big modding crowd with their turbo 4-cylinders.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by M3_WC Click here to enlarge
        Audi has always drawn a big modding crowd with their turbo 4-cylinders.
        Very true, I'm salivating at that prospect Click here to enlarge
      1. ersin's Avatar
        ersin -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        ... Not much of a surprise to us, we know bimmer boost is the future. ...

        Did you catch this?


        Cheers.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by ersin Click here to enlarge
        Did you catch this?
        It was intentional Click here to enlarge
      1. JonMartin's Avatar
        JonMartin -
        200hp? I would think they would need to at least match the power of the N52 currently right?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by JonMartin Click here to enlarge
        200hp? I would think they would need to at least match the power of the N52 currently right?
        Nope, no longer an HP game.

        They can offer BMW performance pack versions with more HP to match it or something and charge extra for that, would not surprise me.
      1. black bnr32's Avatar
        black bnr32 -
        the turbo parts look terrible imo...not that it really matters but that's what pops to mind!
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by black bnr32 Click here to enlarge
        the turbo parts look terrible imo...not that it really matters but that's what pops to mind!
        That pic is of the mini motor, only BMW turbo 4 cylinder I had to go with since we have nothing on this mystery motor.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        They can replace N52 with this 600HP baby , Turbocharged M12 which was used in 320i Group 5
        i have no problem with that Click here to enlarge
        Attachment 4561
      1. Yomama69's Avatar
        Yomama69 -
        Not a fan with the price increase of the Z4 now. Want a loaded N54 Z4, it will cost you 65K...that's a fully loaded M3.
      1. ben14142001's Avatar
        ben14142001 -
        ^ Agreed, I think the Z4 is a bit overpriced. I think this motor could be interesting, will be intriguing to see what tuners can do with it.
      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        Turbo is tiny on this engine. Not that I'm looking for a huge stock turbo. But this means that the effective limit of tuned power output could be in the 300 hp range, 350 with meth and mods which puts it at N54 stock tuned territory.

        Not bad for folks who get the '128i' or whatever this thing goes in, compared to today, the 128 folks cant really pick up power with a tune (12 hp at most?). This will be a fun little car for sure, expect to see tunes out early for this $#@!.
      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        Does the Z4 even handle any better or weigh less than the 1 series? What is it's purpose? They are convertible only, right?
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DBFIU Click here to enlarge
        Not bad for folks who get the '128i' or whatever this thing goes in, compared to today, the 128 folks cant really pick up power with a tune (12 hp at most?). This will be a fun little car for sure, expect to see tunes out early for this $#@!.
        It will open up tuning to all the kids who couldn't convince their parents to spring for the 335.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
        Does the Z4 even handle any better or weigh less than the 1 series? What is it's purpose? They are convertible only, right?
        It is a roadster, that is the purpose.
      1. RLSinCO's Avatar
        RLSinCO -
        So wait, BMW is replacing the base NA 6 @255 HP with a T4 @ 200HP?
        My issue with this is, the T4 will produce 200HP at max boost, which means that low end torque BEFORE the turbo kicks in will probably be weak...not like what an NA 6 can produce

        And even if you tune it up to 300HP, then it only matches the 35 NA6 @ 300HP.

        So in every way, this is a step backwards in performance (unless you mod).
        Things that make you go Hmmmm...
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by RLSinCO Click here to enlarge
        So wait, BMW is replacing the base NA 6 @255 HP with a T4 @ 200HP?
        My issue with this is, the T4 will produce 200HP at max boost, which means that low end torque BEFORE the turbo kicks in will probably be weak...not like what an NA 6 can produce

        And even if you tune it up to 300HP, then it only matches the 35 NA6 @ 300HP.

        So in every way, this is a step backwards in performance (unless you mod).
        Things that make you go Hmmmm...
        It is a step forward in cost and MPG from their point of view.

        They could pump out more than 200 hp from it and the 2.0t does a great job with spool for example. Let's see the displacement and specs of this turbo 4 first. It might be really interesting and a fun motor to mod.
      1. fundahl's Avatar
        fundahl -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by RLSinCO Click here to enlarge
        So wait, BMW is replacing the base NA 6 @255 HP with a T4 @ 200HP?
        My issue with this is, the T4 will produce 200HP at max boost, which means that low end torque BEFORE the turbo kicks in will probably be weak...not like what an NA 6 can produce

        And even if you tune it up to 300HP, then it only matches the 35 NA6 @ 300HP.

        So in every way, this is a step backwards in performance (unless you mod).
        Things that make you go Hmmmm...
        It's probably the opposite of what you are saying. The turbo is tiny and kicks in so early that it has lots of low end torque, but it chokes up top. So you get good peak torque numbers, and crappy peak horsepower numbers even though it spins to a likely 7000RPM.

        Something like 230ft-lbs 200hp. The N54 illustrates my point.

        Or, now that I re-read, are you saying that you hate any sort of turbo lag whatsoever, even if it is minimal? Because of course, turbo systems will reach peak torque during WOT much differently than NA.

        The benefit is it will be setup for boost ECU and hardware wise, so upgrades are as easy as bolting on parts and running a piggy or flash. Click here to enlarge

        We will see much more aftermarket gains than with the NA I6.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
        It's probably the opposite of what you are saying. The turbo is tiny and kicks in so early that it has lots of low end torque, but it chokes up top. So you get good peak torque numbers, and crappy peak horsepower numbers even though it spins to a likely 7000RPM.
        A good point and likely the case, but we will see.
      1. RLSinCO's Avatar
        RLSinCO -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by SlicktopTTZ Click here to enlarge
        It's probably the opposite of what you are saying. The turbo is tiny and kicks in so early that it has lots of low end torque, but it chokes up top. So you get good peak torque numbers, and crappy peak horsepower numbers even though it spins to a likely 7000RPM.


        We will see much more aftermarket gains than with the NA I6.
        I guess we will have to see once we get official specs on the motor. Thanks for the perspective on the tiny turbo, I can see where it would spool up much faster to help with low end torque, but my experience with a T4 (I owned an Audi A4 1.8T Quattro) was the "off the line" experience. No matter how small a turbo is, it is tough to overcome lack of torque from a standstill. That initial get up and go was so weak on the Audi that I grew to literally hate that car. Once you were going, pickup was no issue. Oh, I should mention that the Audi was AT transmission, which of course greatly exacerbates the problem...

        For example, let's say you are in the left turning lane, looking to make a left turn through oncoming traffic. Man, I had to wait for a huge gap (not that I am reckless and like to squirt through the tiniest gap) but there was more than one occassion where I would initiate the left turn, only to say "Crap I need to get going here"!!!

        And, I certainly agree: It will be much easier for aftermarket gains...I wonder if this isn't becomming a consumer trend: you buy something with the manufacturer's (and yours) intent to increase performance (I know it has been this way for cars for a long time)? Take CPUs on computers for instance - both Intel and AMD sell chips fully expecting them to be overclocked...