Browse Publications Technical Papers 2001-01-1428

Sounddesign - the BMW Inline Six-Cylinder Engine in Different Vehicle Applications 2001-01-1428

The new inline six-cylinder engine from BMW notoriously sets new standards on objective performance in power and torque and fuel consumption as well as on “Laufkultur” (engine refinement). It has been a general movement in recent years to design engines that not only perform, but also improve driver's feedback for performance on an emotional level. New is the degree of differentiation of this new engine through distinctive sound design for the whole bandwidth of vehicle categories ranging from a 5-Series luxury sedan to a Z3 roadster, or an X5 sports utility vehicle to a 3-Series compact car.
For each BMW class, the intake and exhaust systems of the inline 6-cylinder engines have been tuned to highlight the subjective impression of performance according to the appropriate vehicle type.


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