Carbon police vehicle
BMW recently signed a deal to give turbocharged diesel engines to Carbon Motor Corp. for their latest police automobile. Signed on March 22nd, 2010, the deal will provide over 240,000 engines to the law enforcement automobile manufacturer. In the deal, the engines will have automatic transmissions, a cooling system, and the ability to have exhaust gas recirculation.
The engines are BMW’s 3.0 liter inline six turbodiesel. Used in the X5, the engine produces 245 horsepower and 425 pounds-feet of torque, giving the police car a great balance of power and speed. In the X5, the engine provides a 0-60 of 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph.
The car Carbon will put BMW’s engine in is the E7, which will be available only to police agencies. The E7 will be built from an aluminum superframe capable of taking a rear-end collision at 75 mph. Built to last at least 250,000 miles, the E7 will reach a top speed of over 150 mph and will boast a 0-60 time of 6.5 seconds. The car will also achieve a fuel economy of 28 to 30 mpg, which is why the engines are diesel. Set to launch in 2012, 12,500 cars have already been reserved by agencies around the world.
Front-wheel drive coming soon
BMW will soon bring an end to its legacy of rear-and four-wheel drive automobiles. At the Geneva Motor Show, chairman Norbert Reithofer announced that the German carmaker will introduce a front-wheel drive entry-level car as part of a wide production plan. The new model has yet to be named, but will be priced and positioned below the company’s entry-level 1-Series.
The new BMW model is the product of a part sharing and cost saving plan with the MINI brand. The front-wheel drive car will share the same drivetrain as the next-generation MINI Cooper. The latest iteration of the MINI Cooper isn’t due out for another 4 years, but there are hints that BMW could roll out this latest model as early as 2013 in an effort to snatch the title as the number 1 premium small-car brand.
Part of BMW’s motivation for the front-wheel drive car is to compete with the Audi 1 and Smart forfour (produced by Mercedes Benz). Both cars are the latest entries into the premium small-car market by BMW’s biggest rivals. The car is also speculated to become part of the production platform for the 1-Series, though Reithofer has said that any plans for crossover are undecided at the moment.