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      08-26-2010, 03:17 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by mkoesel View Post
Yeah, that's why I say eventually. I would guess F1x LCI, if F3x gets it at release (F30/F31) or after the first year (F32/F33 release timeframe). F2x would probably get it once the coupe and convertible arrive.

It's less intuitive for sure. But it makes some sense, since the idea is that they are getting the performance of a typical 3.5L or 4L engine. It's true that changing from x35i to x40i is somewhat arbitrary (especially when the 335is and Z4 35is get the same (or more) power as the 40i models).

Certainly, of course. We all have them. I just figured I'd spark more discussion by asking why you felt that way.

True. But like I say above, they are also providing more power as well. In the old days when the average displacement of their engines was increasing generation by generation, it made more sense to use that as a marketing tool. Nowdays, displacement is pretty much tapped out (for the I6), and is not going to change much. So they have to find a new means to show that the car's are getting more and more power.
Excellent points and excellent discussion. I still prefer the logic that a 530i has a 3.0l under the hood, the bump in power (turbocharging) equating a bump to a 535i still seems somewhat logical, but 540i just seems odd to me. In comparison to their 4.4 and 4.8 engines, I would have to say naming the cars x44i and x48i would also make more sense than x45i and x50i...

Maybe I'm too OCD.
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