Originally Posted by Uli_HH
... the only advantage of the inline-6 (vs the V6) was that it was the cheapest alternative and because of this it was chosen! And for the public they would tell us it was because of tradition.
But tradition of BMW M was innovative engines ... and really innovative was for me only the V6 because it was really compact with great packaging advantages for better handling.
And don't forget that BMW does not allow M-GmbH to develop a complete new engine ... its simply too costly!
Originally Posted by e46e92love
We have had a ton of discussions on the boards around the fact that FI being needed for better fuel economy is something that BMW marketing has sold you on, Porsche seems to have no issues with emissions and gas mileage on their 911s without have to go FI.
BMW is doing it to cut costs and increase profits.
+1 (Do you appove of my edit Uli?)
We've discussed it quite a lot before. Decisions at M are based as more on cost cutting as anything else. Sure they will probably do what it takes to keep holding their crown in the sports coupe and sedan segments but they are trying to save money more than anything. Can't really blame them for that. There is nothing essentially wrong with find the best solution per dollar. Just don't drink the M kool aid and think they are evolved from racing, race inspired, performance at any cost, etc., etc. Sure there is some truth there but it is not the dominant factor driving the key changes we see in M cars.