BMW’s three cylinder engines have gathered more than a bit of attention lately. They are spoken of with great pride by the Bavarian car maker and yet the enthusiasts are less than thrilled.
To meet them halfway, the Internet is ready to provide us with a favorable argument. Here’s a couple of videos courtesy of BimmerToday and PaulTan which are meant to show us what the three cylinder turbo is about.
The critical aspects of noise and performance are what you should notice here. It is also important to stress that the F20 BMW 1 Series is the model used fr these tests.
Taking one of these cars for a drive should, in theory, be the sort of experience that drones away, offers no excitement and is just a tool.
It may not impress, and it may not thrill you but it gets you home in an economical manner, doesn’t harm the air and all that green stuff. But have a watch:
Decent performance at speeds generally used on the open road are beyond what the typical four cylinder could ever manage.
The noise isn’t bad either. Some people lovingly say it sounds like a six cylinder and others completely hate it because it has a diesel-like idle.
Each of them have a seed of truth onto which they can lay their exaggerating suppositions. Even without over-reacting, this engine seems to be much better than the holocaust we all thought.
Don’t get me wrong, I still believe BMW’s naturally aspirated straight six cylinder engines are the powerplant you should want, but these newer creations are very impressive too.