My 2007 Pontiac Solstice GXP had 260 hp from a 2.0L turbocharged/twin-scroll 4 with direct injection, and all the power was low in the band with 260 torque and a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds.
Sadly, since then they've canceled every iteration of the Kappa product, though not because of any fault with the engine. (People stopped buying Suburbans and Silverados for a while. Oh well.)
BMW is not really "out in front" of the high-tech 4-cylinder wave, at least not to the extent that they are with dual-clutch transmissions and some other technologies. But I wouldn't say that they're behind either.
2012 135i convertible, DCT, Black/Beige, HK, Prem, M sport, no nav.