BMW Efficient Dynamics

Less emissions. More driving pleasure.

At BMW, we have a plan to reach zero emissions. It's called BMW EfficientDynamics. We will continue to reduce emissions and maximize fuel economy through the use of lightweight materials, aerodynamics, and our efficient internal combustion engines. In 2008, this will include introducing our clean, Advanced Diesel engines to Canada. We will then launch ActiveHybrid vehicles in 2009 as we work towards a cleaner future. To reach our ultimate goal of zero emissions, we will remain focused on liquid hydrogen as the long-term sustainable source of automotive energy. Because at BMW, it's our goal to do for the environment what we did for performance.

Our vehicles already contain a number of energy management innovations that make them amongst the most eco-conscious on the market today. Our engines equipped with Valvetronic® achieve 10-15% gains in fuel efficiency while delivering similar increases in horsepower. Double-VANOS technology optimizes engine breathing, resulting in greater responsiveness with reduced fuel consumption. Lightweight construction technologies such as carbon fibre roofs, aluminum/magnesium engines and lightweight steel further increase fuel efficiency, while optimized aerodynamics reduce drag resulting in decreased CO2 emissions. All of these technologies work in tandem to produce our environmentally responsible, high-performance vehicles of today.

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6-Cylinder performance with 4-cylinder efficiency

BMW’s first turbocharged gas (petrol) engine debuted in the 2007 BMW 335i. Throughout the past few years, BMW has essentially turned its line up of award-winning naturally-aspirated engines into a lineup dominated by turbocharged units. Not surprisingly, the new engines have already won several awards, including the Engine of the Year Award that the twin-turbo six-cylinder engine captured for consecutive years.

The path towards turbocharged engines is a result of BMW’s EfficientDynamics strategies, set to increase performance and driving pleasure, while at the same time, reducing fuel consumptions and emissions.

The new TwinPower 2.0-liter inline-4-cylinder engine does exactly that. Fitted to the upcoming BMW X1, the engine has more power than the outgoing 6-cylinder, and takes the car to 100 km/h in just 6.1 seconds (manual transmission) – an improvement of 0.7 seconds over the previous engine. Additionally, fuel consumption has decreased substantially, by nearly 20%. In the European test cycle, the BMW X1 fitted with the new turbo 4-cylinder engine used an average of 7.9 liters/100 km, a reduction of 1.5 liters. (Note: European fuel economy testing differs from the Canadian test).

The new turbocharged 4-cylinder powerplant achieves the twofold goal of BMW EfficientDynamics in impressive style: it continuously raises the bar on driving pleasure, while at the same time reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

xDrive offers all-wheel-drive peace of mind

Neither Rain. Nor Snow. Nor Mud. Nor Dirt. Nor... No matter the road, no matter the weather, xDrive All-Wheel Drive delivers legendary handling with advanced traction and control. Now available on 17 different BMW models, from the BMW 3 Series Sedan, Coupe and Touring, the BMW 5 Series Sedan and Gran Tourismo, and 7 Series Sedan, to our X3, X5 and X6 Sports Activity Vehicles. As well, exciting and new to the xDrive model lineup are the BMW X5 M and the BMW X6 M where X meets M for even higher performance.

Unlike other all-wheel-drive systems, we've built ours with rear wheel bias for surefooted grip on slick roads, without sacrificing the feel of rear wheel drive. It smartly sends power to the wheel or wheels with the surest footing - and it does so in milliseconds. That means under normal conditions, drive forces are spread out with a rear-wheel bias. But the moment the system senses excessive wheel slip, it subtly shifts torque to meet the changing conditions, offering maximum available traction and superior handling on all surfaces.

Ultra smooth and millisecond shifting

Although much of a car's performance and efficiency is dependent on its engine, BMW's new 8-speed Automatic transmission greatly affects the performance and fuel consumption of the new 760Li, 5 Series, X5, and X6.

The new 8-speed transmission weighs no more than the outgoing 6-speed, yet offers closer ratios in the lower gears for improved acceleration, and two additional "tall" gears for smooth, efficient, and quiet highway cruising. Simply put, it means BMWs equipped with the new transmission will run at a lower RPM at highway speeds, and return better fuel efficiency.

The 8-speed automatic transmission is available on the 2011 BMW 760Li, 5-Series Sedan, 5-Series Gran Tourismo, X6 Sport Activity Coupe, and X5 Sport Activity Vehicle (not available on X5 xDrive35d).