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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2011 New York Auto Show in New York City.
BMW Z4 sDrive 2.8i

What is it? The Z4 sDrive 2.8i introduces an engine two-cylinders short of the previous six-cylinder Z4. This powerplant uses a single twin-scroll turbocharger to put out 240 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Horsepower peaks at 5,000 rpm and torque at just 1,250 rpm, promising low-rpm power right off the line.

BMW promises 20-percent better fuel economy than the old naturally aspirated 3.0-liter inline six. This 2.8i will replace the previous 3.0-liter inline Six in the entry-level Z4.

What’s new or notable? The Z4 sDrive 2.8i will be the first four-cylinder model BMW has sold in the United States in 10 years. Expect this new engine to spread through several models.

When will it be available? Fall 2011

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