I spent the day at the Roswell, Georgia, BMW dealer with my friend S as he shopped for 7-Series BMWs and I must lodge a complaint as the owner of a 2001 BMW 530i “e39″ with a 3 Liter inline six motor.
The complaint is based on the two numbers after the series number of each car. For example, in the past, a 750i had a 5 Liter engine, a 328i had a 2.8 Liter engine, and the 318i had a 1.8 Liter engine. The engine displacement has always been kept in the two numbers after the 3, 5, or 7 Series number.
Now, as we test drove a 2011 BMW 740Li and a 750Li I discovered that the 2011 528i has my car’s engine, a 3-Liter inline-6, and is just sporting the 28 “out of tradition.” What? What’s more, the 740Li sports a twin-turbo 3 Liter 6, not a 4-Liter, and the 750Li sports a 4-Liter 8 and not a 5-Liter! Even more, the 2011 BMW 335i is a 3-Liter inline-six with a twin-turbo and not a 3.5 Liter engined car.
The first thing the dealer did when we shot off in the 740LI was, “doesn’t feel like a six, does it?” The tail doesn’t at all designate that the traditionally and historically naturally-aspirated award-winning BMW engines are now often turbo and twin-turbo-assisted, though this is not represented in the new alpha-numeric nomenclature. Since “i” means fuel-injected and “x” means all-wheel-drive and “L” means long-wheelbase, shouldn’t “t” mean turbo or “b” mean biturbo?
Am I silly or are you as appalled as I am?