BMW slashing production of big engines, shifting to four cylinders
Even the inline six cylinders that have long been the icon of BMW engines are seeing slackening demand. The Munich engine plant that produces them will be switched over to four cylinders beginning in 2011. As engines get ever higher specific output due to technologies like direct injection and turbocharging, the need for larger engines is fading and we may see four cylinders back in U.S.-bound BMWs soon.
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