BMW will never make three four-cylinder M cars, says brand boss

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New BMW M2 weighs about as much as a dwarf planet and has jowls, but it also has turbocharged straight-six power sending to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox – so the pros and cons s balance. This is the last M car that won’t be electrified in one way or anotherand BMW confirmed this week that it will not extend the death of internal combustion with the three- and four-cylinder models.

The quote, from M boss Frank van Meel at the automaker’s media event at Kyalami Circuit in South Africa, comes to us via carbuzz. A reporter posed this question to the CEO, who ardently dismissed it like a college professor making you wish you had raised your hand. Relax man, my God:

“I hope it was just a rhetorical because it is clear that we are not going to make three-cylinder engines, retorted van Meel. “We’re not even going to make four-cylinder engines in high-performance cars. I know there are other companies [that] let’s do that, but we’re not going to do that.

Way to throw shade at Toyota, which has squeezed amazing amounts of power from three cylinders and, it must be said, makes cars way prettier than you. Either way, the news should delight M fans, who will be able to keep their straight-sixes and V8s in hybrid form, until EVs kill them for good.

Maybe that’s good. The M2 has long served as the entry point for BMW’s performance offerings, but with this new generation, that entry point rises to $63,195. For that money, I can understand that I’m expecting a straight six. Outraged, it’s not like BMWs will ever get cheaper than they are today!

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