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      03-08-2012, 09:06 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Alpina_B3_Lux View Post
As far as I know the N20 in its strongest 28i iteration makes 245hp, not 300.
Right, that's true, in factory configuration. But I was talking about aftermarket upgrades we have seen from a couple different manufacturers already. They are very close to 300hp for the N20. Why was I comparing aftermarket? Because in many ways, that is exactly what Alpina is. They take BMW's engines and modify them for more power.

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And the N55 would not be reliable with anything above 350/360, certainly not to the extent Alpina would like it to be. There's a very good reason BMW and Alpina continue to use the N54 for the higher hp applications.
BMW is axing the N54 this year, and yet I firmly believe we will continue to see 400hp+ I6 powered cars from various tuners. They will simply turn up the R&D on the N55 and get it to put out similar numbers to the N20 on a per-displacement basis. Maybe it will require other modifications that the N20 does not. But they will nevertheless find a way to do it.
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