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BMW, the Munich-based German automaker, is reportedly in discussion with other automakers -- rivals in some cases -- to sell their engines and transmissions. Klaus Draeger, BMW's head of development, told Auto Motor und Sport that the automaker is in advanced talks with Mercedes-Benz about licensing engines to its Stuttgart-based competitor.

Specifics have not been announced, but one likely candidate would be BMW's new V-12, set to debut in the new 7 Series and baby Rolls-Royce sedan. Mercedes would drop it under the hood of their flagship S-Class and Maybach. There was no mention about the possibility of BMW's twin-turbo inline-six finding itself under the hood of a Mercedes (while BMW continues to refine their award-winning inline-six powerplant, Mercedes dropped their popular straight-six in the mid-1990's and replaced it with a V6), but Draeger did hint that other automakers have approached the company about diesel engine technology. Engine and transmission sharing isn't uncommon in the industry, but such a move would be a first for the two companies, each longstanding rivals with products selling in the identical segments.

[Source: Autocar]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Not a first for BMW, in the 80's they sold 524td (turbo diesel) engines to Ford for a Lincoln model and they were also used in a motor home. They've also supplied V8's to Morgan and others.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OMG, this cannot be happening! First F1 trying to use same engine, not BMW and MB gonna share engines too????? GODDAMN what happen to the competition???? does that mean DTM race cars will use all the same engine soon....???
      • 6 Years Ago
      HSV (Holdens go fast division) have had a car with a BMW diesel in it for a couple of months now for testing (I assume just the viability of a high speed diesel rather than a BMW powered car)
      • 6 Years Ago
      More proof that there is NO difference between BMW or mercedes, GM or toyota, or democrats or republicans.

      They ALL look out for each other and THEY all work together.

      What else would you expect from some of the most powerful corporations in the world?

      p.s. - Obama is a fraud.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Please keep politics out of this. I'm sure there are many other blogs where you can express your political frustrations.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This makes little sense. Mercedes has a fine V-12, they even sell engines to Pagani and soon Aston Martin. What Mercedes desperately needs is a small and light I-4 for the upcoming new A- and B-class. BMW's Mini engine would be a nice fit.

      I really think Autocar has this one wrong.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What's wrong wih the current light inline 4's that Mercedes currently has?
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, the Prince engines were co-developed. The block is derived from the PSA TU series, but head, combustion chambers and VANOS are developed by BMW.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The mini's turbo 4 is from the Peugeot 207
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wha??
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is nothing new.

      The current 328i uses a GM sourced 6-speed auto (and it works just fine in my car). The first gen Mini's engine was developed by Chrysler and built in Brazil. The diesel version was powered by a Toyota engine. Ford and GM co developed 6 speed automatics. This has been going on for years people. This is actually a good thing. It allows manufactures to pool their money and create even better products that are available in even more products.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, but we're talking about arch rivals known for their engineering, and especially engines. It's a travesty, and I still don't quite believe it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I remember when we started to build a copy of W5A580 transmission, Mercedes stated they would never use any of our transmission into there products.
      Tit for tat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As noted above, BMW has been purchasing GM automatic transmissions, but not just the six speed ones. The 3 and 5 series have been using GM automatic transmissions for quite some time. Rolls Royce used to buy them as well.

      This may be a bit unsettling for some of the GM-bashers out there, gosh, I'm sorry.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rolls Royce used GM transmissions (the Turbo-Hydramatic 400) for a long time too. Whether people like it or not, GM is capable of building some of the best engines and transmissions in the world. They don't always do so, but they are eminently capable of the feat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        GM makes some good items...it's just that their packages as a whole, in the past, have not been very good in the US. The Corvettes mechanicals are excellent. However its interior plastics and build is not so much....So I am not really bothered by parts sharing. Its just when a company that pretty much was the inventor of the automobile (I know Renault is right up there as well) goes and uses their rivals WHOLE engine...makes me cringe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ridiculous.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ugh. I think I just threw up a little in my mouth.

      I've been a huge Mercedes fan since I was around 5 years of age, and I am also a BMW fan.

      That being said, their powertrains have different driving feel and "personalities", and I'm not quite sure one would mix with the other.

      Damn BMW, you're already feeding the V12 to Rolls Royce and others - keep it out of the S600 and AMG variants.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This article is silly.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the article, or the actions it describes?
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