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News of  January 17, 2001


BMW's New 3.0-Lliter Six-Cylinder Receives Ward's 10 Best Engines Award For 2001

Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey - Ward's Communications named BMW's 3.0-liter DOHC inline six-cylinder engine to its Ward's 10 Best Engines list for 2001. Tested in the 2001 BMW 530i, the new 225 horsepower, ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) engine is available in seven different models in four vehicle lines.

As the only inline six-cylinder engine on the list, the editors reflected that, "...BMW holds a unique - we say 'hallowed' - position as the eminent employer of the I-6 layout".

The starting point for the new engine was BMW's 2.8-liter DOHC inline six which the Ward's editors described as "perhaps the industry's ultimate refinement of the inline 6-cylinder format." In addition to an increase in displacement to 3.0 liters, the new engine benefits from refinements to its intake system, camshaft profiles and exhaust port shape, which together improve the engine's ability to "breathe". It also receives a fully-electronic throttle, which further improves engine response. The changes result in a 32 horsepower increase to 225 and an 8 lb-ft increase in torque to 214. Commenting on the result of all of the improvements on the road, the editors wrote that, "the effect is astonishing."

"BMW has a long history of producing great engines and unlike others, we remain steadfastly committed to the refinement and efficiency of inline six-cylinder engines," said Tom Purves, Chairman and CEO of BMW US Holding Corp. "We are pleased to again receive recognition for our steadfastness from the editors at Ward's."

Six editors from Ward's Communications evaluated the engines nominated from nearly 30 different cars, trucks and SUVs. Scoring encompassed the crucial engine characteristics of power, torque, noise, vibration & harshness (NVH), technical relevance and basic comparative numbers. All engines nominated and tested were in vehicles with a base MSRP under $50,000.

(January 12, 2001)

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