• Mar 24, 2007
Our friends abroad were able to procure a duo of audio samples that give the full aural range of the new V8 powering BMW's upcoming M3. The two tracks, which are available here through the PistonHeads website, include one sample of all eight cylinders working their way to crescendo and on to a theoretical road speed of 200 KM/H (124 MPH). The other track is a nine-minute run of the Nurburgring, which with the right imagination and good set of headphones will give you the perfect respite from you Saturday monotony. Enjoy.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Mike.

      Hey cool link about the VVT for pushrods. Thanks for that. If they use this on the Dodge Viper, then maybe it will find its way into the next Vette soon.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Only 202 kg? I think the Corvette's LS2 weighs that much. Of course, the LS2's only good for 400 hp and 400 ft-lbs, which is... oops.

      But yeah, this engine's impressive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hey Mike,

      It's a crossplane V8, because it vibrates less. Unless you spend a ton to make it lightweight, flatplane V8 is an unrefined POS. Look at those V8s made in UK, they are no Ferraris mate. M3 is not an exotic, they had to do it this way.

      Comparing M3's V8 with LS2/7 makes a lot of sense. LS2 has about the same power, same weight, and much more torque. LS2 also costs less to buy and most likely to own. LS2 does not have dry sump, but this one doesn't either. LS7 has dry sump. Can M3 sustain 1.4G? where did you read this cr@p?

      Should LS2 have VVT, why? Increase HP/l? What for, if that does't bring down the weight and the dimensions of the engine? VVT/VTEC is just marketing nonsense. In the 60's there were plenty of engines doing 100hp/l and none had VVT. Motorcycle engines (4 stroke) do 200hp/l and have no VVT.

      You can easily have impressive HP/l figures with an oversquare engine. DOHC engines should be seriously oversquare, otherwise slow-revving OHVs will always kick their asses with proper gearing.

      Don't get me wrong, I like the engine. But some people don't get the context.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Still doesnt sound as good as American V8's. Sorry. Its a better engine tho, theres no doubt about that.
      It just cant compete in the sound department.
      • 7 Years Ago
      BTW, does anyone know how the Nürburgring portion is done?
      • 7 Years Ago
      most glorious sound from a european motor for me had to be the v12 jag xjr GTP cars in the 80's, those were magical. You could close your eyes at the races and you just knew it was coming amongst those porsches/nissans/toyotas/fords/ferrari's etc,...

      The nicest v8 sounds I ever heard are the 1960's ground pounding hemi motors from chrysler, and the smallblock ford shelby mustang gt350 happily revving to 7000+rpm, those are unforgettable.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #11 You're absolutely correct.
      That is a beautiful hot orange glow....HOT fire.

      • 7 Years Ago
      "BTW, does anyone know how the Nürburgring portion is done?"

      Its an engine dyno/simulation. They take the telemetry from a test car, and map the proper engine RPM and load given the acceleration and braking points taken from the data.

      P.S. I don't care what technology it has. Think of an engine as black box. All it has is physical dimensions and weight. In goes gas, out comes horsepower. I don't care if its OHV or if it has VANOS, or if it makes 10000 hp/liter. As long as its reasonably lightweight, fits in my average engine bay, is reasonable to maintain, and gets decent gas mileage, I'll take it. And currently, the LS2/LS7 rules that realm.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Does BMW have the new Nurburgring simulator? Wasn't there that new X5 video about. c~13:40
      http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8883608109876930111&q=BMW+nurburgring+X5&hl=en
      • 7 Years Ago
      Obnoxious crossplane crank V8, Where is the ferrari sounding sedan?
      My biggest beefs are 1) crossplane crank V8 LRLLRLRR 2) lack of direct injection 3) no variable resonance manifold and single air filter.

      Enough with the crappy LSx comparisons. Does the LSx have variable intake & exhaust valve timing?
      Not until GM uses co-axial camshafts.
      http://www.mechadyne-int.com/vva-products/concentric-camshafts
      Does the LS2 guarantee oil supply in 1.4g turns
      Does the LS have a multi-throttle system, spark plugs as knock sensors, variable output oil pump

      Who cares if it is light if it doesn't do anything.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Too bad the car they drop this in will most likely be butt ugly!"
      Posted at 5:43PM on Mar 24th 2007 by ChrisC
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      Nah,it won't be American designed ,so it should be safe in the looks department.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Personally, I think the old six sounded better, this one has a sense of F1 sound to it (not a bad thing), but the old six was such a unique sound... In any case, and it pains me to say this....so much.... but I think the recent sound clips of the lexus isf 500 sound better, lets just hope the bmw is worlds faster/better in the end. MAKE THE MANUAL STANDARD AT LAUNCH!
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