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      06-07-2012, 10:06 PM   #270
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Originally Posted by CanAutM3 View Post
I too feel a little pinch thinking that the M3 will be going turbo. But I cannot find any rational argument for it. Looking back at motor-sport history, there is a huge heritage of great turbo cars: F-1, Sport prototype, Champ car, WRC, etc.. so there goes the argument about turbos not being pure in terms of tracking or motor sport.

I think what disturbs the most, is the thought of BMW simply adapting a "standard" engine to an ///M application (like on X5M, X6M, 1M and F10 M5). Historically, the ///M division have built their own engines. And what great engine they were , winning awards year after year. While I understand that previous ///M engines have started somewhere from a "standard" baseline, the transformations were extensive.

So if ///M builds their own engine (mostly) from the ground-up for the new M3/M4, I guess I'll be OK with it, turbo or not.

If it is simply an adapted N54 or N55, then meh ... it leaves me a little cold.
If I recall, a majority of their engines have been based on mainstream engine blocks. The S54B32, one of the most award winning engines in BMW/M's history was based on the M54. I don't understand why people like to skew M's history based on a few recent engines.
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