BMW will abandon the V12 and the quad-turbo diesel
The twin-turbo V8 could be next on the list
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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