Originally Posted by Red Bread
So a longer (and likely heavier) engine that extends further past the front suspension will bring back balance and handling?
people need to keep in mind that balance doesn't necessarily go hand-in-hand with reduced weight. when you're squeezing the engine as rearward as possible, splitting the cylinders in half makes the engine shorter and easier to fit. a V-6 would allow for better balance in an overall smaller car or with a larger passenger area.
Originally Posted by benzy89
How do you know the engine will be longer/heavier??
6 cylinders in a line are longer than 4 in a line. We know the engine will be longer. I will agree that we don't know it'll be heavier and I'd say it's highly unlikely that it will be heavier.
I welcome an I-6 because it's BMWs classic bread-and-butter design and I'm sure the car will have 50/50 balance because BMW M is just brilliant like that. I really hope the US doesn't get some version that leaves us wanting the euro version, though.