turbo BMW

Rumors abound of a new turbo-charged 3-series:

Spies have caught shots of BMW 5-Series mules reportedly set up to test new BMW engines, particularly a long-rumored turbocharged inline six. Earlier this year, reports surfaced that BMW was working up a twin-turbo six that would power a mid-range high-performance model of the 3-Series (to compete with the Lexus I350 and Mercedes C350) and 5-Series models. It would be BMW’s first non-F1 gas turbo on the market since the rare 2002 Turbo of the early 1970s. The new engine will reportedly power the 2006 335i, positioned between the 330i and new V8-powered M3.

This is notable particularly because BMW does not often mate its gas-powered engines with turbos, the only exceptions being a 745i and the infamous drool-worthy turbo 2002ti.