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      03-14-2020, 10:18 AM   #6

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Originally Posted by xlover View Post
Considering press releases are just marketing spin for the most part I am sure to "exaggerate" for a nice round 50% soundbyte they lumped in any variant going away.... for example the b58 versions in the m240 and f32 440 are technically different so they can count the 6 speed manual variant in both rwd and xdrive separately for each platform
Yes. Although I failed to mention it in my post, I think it’s safe to assume that the legacy products that you and brad850csi mention are part of it too. I’m not sure they are splitting hairs as far as you postulate - both products you mention, for example, use the same B58B30M0 legacy engine, it’s just slightly different ECU tuning for each - but certainly the exiting F22, F23, F32, F33, F36, F82, F83, and F87 will account for a lot of shedded redundancy with today’s newer B48 TU, B58 TU, and S58 drivetrains.

If we look forward to 2022 and beyond, which will start the next generation of BMW products (beginning with the G70 7 Series), I think we’ll see even further reduction. One wonders if the N63 might be phased out at some point during said generation and replaced by the upcoming B58-based M45e high performance PHEV drivetrain.