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OOps s10....or whatever the orginal M 4 banger was (archive)

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Posted by Tom on November 14, 2000 at 12:42:05:

In Reply to: What are you talking about? (more) posted by Jon on November 14, 2000 at 12:10:43:

I don't know which engine is an s50. I was just pointing out that a 4cyl. engine would not be the first since the 1989 M3. I don't know why you mention diesels. I didn't even address them. But since you mentioned them, I will say that I don't really care for them because, while they have a lot of torque and can propel a car quite well, they will never have the crisp sporty feel of a well-sorted gasoline engine.

According to several sources, the NA WRX should do 0-60 in 6 sec. or less.

So anyway, those two points are still errors in my opinion.


The s50 engines are 10 year old technology....BMW now makes quiet DIESEL engines that would smoke most gas engines

You're probably thinking of the WRXSTi and 22B...not the 7 sec ones destined for this market

1. 1990 and 1991 E30 M3s had 4cyl engines too as well as the 318i ti etc. as late as 1999.

2. It would not compete with a WRX with 220hp and a 7 sec. 0-60.

I just point out these two errors because they bring the validity of the rest of the information into question.


M- Compact due 2003. (14th Nov)

BMW are to bring out a stunning 220 Bhp M Version of the 3-Series Compact.

Due in 2003 the M-Compact it will feature a highly tuned new 2.0 Litre NG Engine, that translates to 110 Bhp per litre.

The Engine marks BMW's return to the 4-cylinder unit. The last foru-pot was used in the E30 M3 in 1989.

Expect 0-60 well below 7.0 secs & Top Speed at over 140 Mph. The M-Compact is expected to cost approx. 25,000.

It will feature a full length sunroof as an option like the Mercedes C-Class coupe.

It will have to compete against Audi's A3 & Subaru Impreza's WRX.

Standard Compact to make debut at the Geneva Motor show in March 2001.

Possible that a 2.0 Litre diesel will also join the line up.

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