BMW & MINI’s New Engine Range Animated

It’s clearly a bit of a marketing exercise but this video gives us a glimpse at what BMW has in-store for us with it’s new engine range. But first a couple of key stats. A single engine architecture will serve as the basis of the new family of engines that will include three, four and six cylinder configurations. Furthermore this common design allows for 60% of parts to be shared across the range which in-turn allows for more time spent engineering the parts while having lower cost (because of greater quantity). But more importantly this will allow for smaller, lighter engines to produce the same if not more power than current larger powerplants (all with greater efficiency). This means in some cases cars currently with eight cylinders will get six, six will get four and four will get three. None of this should come as a surprise as we’ve been reporting it on MotoringFile for a few years. But seeing the video demonstrating the engines is still somewhat of an a ha moment.

But perhaps much more important is that this video clearly demonstrates that BMW will be going to a common FWD architecture.

  • Whom is this targeted at? Do platform partners like SAAB seriously make commitments to a shared engine for upcoming vehicles, based on this kind of marketing? Terrifying thought.

  • Seems to make a lot of sense. The reuse potential and savings in original machining would be huge!

  • Wonderful technology… Ghastly animation….

    Matt

  • Harry Dill

    Presumably the diesel would be the exception to the shared component program unless a similar program is created for x number of cylinder diesel engines.