The Little Engine That Could Gets Its First Real Test BMW owners in Europe have traditionally been presented with a wide variety of engine options from which to choose, ranging from a slew of four-cylinder petrol or diesel variants to a few six-, eight- and even 10-cylinder options. Here in the U.S., the pickings had been decidedly more slim for a long time, with the 3.0-liter inline six serving as the smallest measure of cylinder displacement. Even the ultra-compact 1 Series could only be ordered with the naturally aspirated or turbocharged 3.0. That changed for the 2012 model year... Read More
- Turbo 2.0L I4
- 240 HP / 260 LB-FT
- 8-Speed Auto
- $61,125 as tested
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