BMW’s designers and engineers have always set out to give customers the best driving experience possible across the entire vehicle range. From its small, compact hatchbacks to full-on M performance models, the heart that makes every BMW tick is backed by decades of research and development. These days, small-displacement engines are backed by turbocharging to provide a combination of power and efficiency, making them the go-to choice for automobile manufacturers around the world. In fact, BMW’s entire vehicle range features turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines in various sizes, able to generate more power and still be as refined as engines with more displacement or cylinders. Here are three things you need to know about BMW’s award-winning engines.
There’s something for everyone.
In the Philippines, the brand’s most attainable models, the BMW 1 Series and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe are both powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine that’s boosted BMW’s TwinPower turbo. The small displacement allows for extremely efficient driving, while the turbocharger provides the extra kick needed when spirited driving is needed. In short, a fantastic combination of everyday performance.
Meanwhile, the BMW 3 Series, 5 Series, and 7 Series are powered by bigger 2.0-liter gasoline engines equipped with the same BMW TwinPower Turbo, offering a sizable increase in horsepower and torque, without sacrificing fuel efficiency. Available in different states of tune depending on the model, this engine is one of the most popular choices around the world.
BMW’s range of SUVs offer versatility to meet any road condition and come locally equipped with potent 2.0-liter and 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel engines. These engines offer excellent pulling power thanks to high torque figures as well as refinement in the form of less cabin noise and reduced vibrations. All while offering class-leading fuel efficiency and excellent driving range.
For the enthusiast, BMW’s M cars push performance to new heights, offering a wide array of engines and models that offer sheer driving pleasure. From the famed 3.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline-6 gasoline engines found in the BMW M2 Competition to the 4.4-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 in the BMW X5 M Competition, these high output engines are combined with redesigned chassis and handling improvements to create a driving experience like no other.
Every engine needs a perfect partner.
Behind every successful engine is a transmission that does all the heavy lifting, sending that power to the wheels of every BMW. Depending on the BMW model, the driver can expect a transmission that’s ready to give the best possible driving experience.
Locally, there are two transmission types on offer. The first is a traditional 8-speed automatic torque converter transmission from ZF. Fitted on all rear-wheel drive BMWs, this 8-speed automatic has a wide range of adaptability, especially for high horsepower and torque applications. In fact, the latest ZF 8-speed automatic transmission shifts quicker than ever before and is the lightest and easiest to integrate into many vehicle platforms and systems. Front-wheel drive models are equipped with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), offering the advantages of a lightweight and fuel-efficient system that also features quick shifting.
No matter which one comes equipped in a BMW, discerning drivers can be guaranteed that they will get the best of both worlds – responsive power delivery and fuel efficiency when they need it most.
An award-winning foundation.
Every BMW is made with driving dynamics in mind, offering almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution across the range, lightweight construction, and a low center of gravity for utmost control. BMW’s different rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, and all-wheel drive platforms are optimized to make the most out of the various engine and transmission configurations and can be equipped with the latest emissions technologies to reduce carbon footprint.
Handling and driving feel are hallmarks of any BMW, combined with state-of-the-art software and hardware that work in unison. This ensures that no matter which model a customer chooses, they get to enjoy BMW’s award-winning engines that provide an involving and ultimately enjoyable driving experience.