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BMW will abandon the V12 and the quad-turbo diesel

The twin-turbo V8 could be next on the list

1y ago
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BMW has revealed that the quad-turbo diesel will be abandoned for the next few years. Worse still, the mythical V12 will not be renewed. Fortunately, the brand still intends to produce combustion engines! These statements were announced by the head of research and development at BMW, Klaus Froehlich.

In an interview with Auto News Europe, the man claimed that the quad-turbo diesel used in the BMW 750d and BMW M550d will simply be discontinued, just like the small 1.5 L three-cylinder diesel used by the Mini Cooper D. At the other end of the scale, it's the big V12 engine that will be discontinued too.

That's unfortunate since the V12 is part of BMW's history. Its elimination is motivated by increasingly higher emission standards compliance costs. As a result, the engine in the M760Li is BMW's latest V12. It will therefore disappear in 2023, when the next generation of the 7 Series will arrive.

Froechlich also believes that the twin-turbo V8 won't be able to make it through the next few years. Indeed, it competes with the in-line six with plug-in hybrid technology that produces 600 hp. This engine is significantly less polluting and just as efficient as the V8. BMW, on the other hand, intends to continue producing its four and six-cylinder engines for at least another 20 years.

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Comments (7)

  • They abandon engines buyers abandon them :)

      1 year ago
  • Given it takes a minimum 5 years to plan and develop the next generation of cars, it is the correct, and inevitable, decision. We can lament over the loss of the V12, V8 and internal combustion engines in general but the world is running out of dinosaur juice and BMW (and others) won’t be able to sell the whole run of the next gen of products anyway due to the ban of fossil fuel cars by 2025 (Norway) and 2030 (most other countries).

    As for the loss, I reckon most petrol heads will forgive and forget when they realise the insane performance of magic pixies.

      1 year ago
    • I thought the reason for electric vehicles was to get rid of the pollution from the exhaust not because we don’t have enough gasoline.

        1 year ago
    • I don't wanna get into the political aspect of it but the world definitely isn't running out of fossil fuels. Just before the current shenanigans happening in Iran they said they could increase their production due to the discovery of a nee...

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        1 year ago
  • Yep, they already put a turbocharged 2.0L inline-4 under the hood of the latest 730Li. Which, for me, is weird. Even though that i4 engine produces a good (idk if it's enough tho) number of power and torque, but puttinga 2.0L inline-4 in a 7-series is just weird.

      1 year ago
    • Somehow (and I am looking myself sharply in the mirror) I find it OK. As I get older, I could really go for the base 7.series and all the luxury and space, yet having an "adequate" engine to give me relaxed cruise around 140-150 kph all day long....

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        1 year ago
  • God they’re becoming very japaneesey, I first noticed this when I sat in one of the new 3-series, it felt so cheap and tacky and didn’t run as smoothly as a bmw should, I really think they aren’t a luxury brand any more just a luxury price, my grandfather (a brilliant engineer) would buy a new car every 3 years from the same bmw dealership, the first day he’d come home after a long drive and take the car apart completely to understand what had changed and been improved and to be more knowledgeable of the mechanical workings of the car, then he’d put it back together again and after a few months it was time for another long drive to celebrate. I have a strong feeling that this can’t be done with modern bmws as they wouldn’t go back together again, it would be like dismantling wet paper, horrible, messy, the bits are unstable and not sturdy at all

      1 year ago
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