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      12-30-2013, 04:29 PM   #33
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Originally Posted by Arben72 View Post
I'm surprised that they decided to use almost the same engine for the new x5m/x6m. Sad that bmw m can't make a new engine for every new body style anymore. Also by auto, does that mean dct or just a regular automatic or both? It seems like both but just want to be 100 percent.
BMW is in the business of diversifying their model lineup as much as possible, and doing the exact opposite with their engines. Engine R&D is the majority of the expense that comes with running a car business. So you want to reduce how much money you invest in engine development, and spread that cost across as many different products as possible to offset the R&D spend.

It worked beautifully for Nissan, who for many years essentially had 4 engines for their lineup of dozens and dozens of cars (Skyline notwithstanding). The days of a bespoke engine for an ///M car are over.
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