Wednesday, December 16, 2009

BMW to put 6 cylinder engine back into 7 Series

BMW 7 Series
The BMW 7 Series will come with a 6 cylinder engine

The big BMW news today is that the Bavarian auto maker plans on returning to its roots by adding a turbo straight-6 to the 7 Series which it will bring to the U.S.

The New York Times calls it a bold decision:

"Putting the turbo straight-6 in the 740i and 740Li could be an even bolder decision. Owners of large luxury sedans are used to V-8s and even V-12s. Although BMW has upped the power output to 315 horsepower in this latest iteration, the 7 Series could appear lacking to German luxury car customers used to hearing the deep grunt of big V-8s."

Really..."a bold decision?"

Lexus built a hybrid LS a long time ago.

Mercedes-Benz offers a hybrid S-Class and the Fisker Karma S Plug-In hybrid luxury cars are almost ready for production.

In an automotive world that is rapidly going all electric or hybrid, offering a 7 Series 6 cylinder turbo seems more backward than bold to many who see the future of cars as moving away from fossil fuel consumption.

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