UPDATE: Pictures of the engine have been added!
Tonight, BMW dropped a bit of a bombshell, very discreetly and buried within a press release about a new edition to the BMW X1 family. BMW has as of now officially launched the new BMW X1 xDrive28i
, which uses a new 4-cylinder engine. For now this unit has been announced on the X1 only, but expect this motor to filter all throughout the BMW lineup, in its quest to satisfy fuel efficiency regulatory requirements.
This new engine is a 2.0L
gas powered 4-Cylinder engine
which uses BMWs TwinPower turbo
technology, good for 245HP
of torque. This engine is closely modelled after its 6-cylinder brethern N54 and uses an all-aluminium crankcase
, precision direct fuel injection, with VALVETRONIC
The inevitable comparison: Audi
Comparing this engine to the 2.0T FSI used by Audi/VW, that engine produces 211HP. This translates to the BMW engine producing about 34 HP over the Audi
and can propel the X1 to 60MPH in 6.1seconds while the 2.0T in a larger A4 can only achieve 6.4seconds, a gain of 0.3s
. On the face of it, this engine outdoes the VW sourced unit, and it seems that this motor is flexible enough to come in a range of displacements and tunes for increased horsepower if need be. We will also have to wait and see about turbo lag, but I expect it to be minimal.
Below is a table summarizing the important specifics surrounding this engine.
Here is BMW's official Press release about this engine.
|Specifications ||BMW TwinPower Inline-4 Engine|
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Engine technology||BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with twin-scroll charging, High Precision Injection direct petrol injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control, double-VANOS fully variable camshaft control|
|Turbocharger||Single Turbo - Twinscroll |
|Boost Pressure (bar / psi)||1.2 / 17.4|
|Effective capacity (ccm)||1997|
|Fuel Grade||min RON 91|
|Output per litre (kw/l)||90.1|
|80-120 kph (4th/5th)||6.0 / 7.1|
|Fuel Consumption (l/100km)|