In Reply to: Re: 323 Name posted by Kris L. on October 06, 1999 at 20:51:46:
In Europe, the E46 is available with 2 4-cylinder gasoline engines: the 316i and the 318i. Both of these are 1.8 liter engines! How's that for ///Marketing? :) I think the difference are the cams and the ECU software.
Someone else mentioned that the "2.8" designation is the only accurate representation of engine displacement. That may be true for US models, but is not for other models available internationally:
BMW makes a 2.0 liter (actually, 1991 cm^3) 6-cylinder inline-6 gasoline engine, which they sell in the E46 320i, the Z3 2.0, and the E39 520i.
They also make a 2.0 liter (1951 cm^3) 4-cylinder diesel engine that they put in the E46 320d. I'm not sure if this engine will be replaced, or if it will be sold concurrently with the 330d's 3.0 liter diesel.
Speaking of the 3.0 liter diesel, it's a 6-cylinder, but if we're nit-picking, it's a 2.9 liter (2926 cm^3).
They also make a 2.5 liter (2497 cm^3) 6-cylinder turbodiesel that they sell in the E39 525 tds.
There's also a 3.5 liter (3498 cm^3) V8 engine that they put in the E39 535i.
Other than that, I think the other "displacements" are a little off:
I'd be inclined to call the "1.8"/"1.6" liter engine a "1.9", as its displacement is 1895 cm^3.
The "2.3" is really 2.5 liters (2494 cm^3).
The "4.0" liter gasoline V-8 from the E39 540i and the E38 740i is really a 4.4 liter (4398 cm^3).
The "5.0" liter gasoline V-12 in the E38 750i is really a 5.4 liter (5379 cm^3).
And finally, the "4.0" liter diesel V-8 in the 740d is really a "3.9" if we're taking our rounding seriously: it's got a displacement of 3901 cm^3.
So that makes it 5 out of 12 models with an accurate model number...