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    • Next generation F80 M3 and F82 M4 to come with E85 ethanol flex-fuel capability? Spy photos show ethanol testing

      We all know the next generation F80 M3 is coming with a turbocharged inline-6 motor. What we did not know is whether ethanol compatibility would be something that BMW would test or consider. Ethanol is becoming very popular with owners of the N54 direct injected 3.0 liter twin turbo inline-6 used in the E82 135 and E9X 335 models. The fuel makes quite a difference especially in a direct injected application like what the new M3/M4 will be.


      The spyphotos below show BMW testing the fuel in the upcoming M3. At this gas station the blue handle is for ethanol which is clearly what is being pumped. The green handle is for standard gas.

      If the car has ethanol compatibility stock, this will make for a very interesting development for performance enthusiasts and tuners who have embraced the advantages offered by fuels like E85.













      This article was originally published in forum thread: BMW Testing E85 on the new F80 M3? started by KB View original post
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      1. Wedge1967's Avatar
        Wedge1967 -
        My wife needs to get promoted so we can move to Germany. I need a job as a test driver. Pushing buttons all day for a tractor company gets a little boring sometimes.
      1. Itsbrokeagain's Avatar
        Itsbrokeagain -
        IMO I don't see E85 lasting all that long here in the US...at least at its current cheap pricing. The govt did away with all the subsidies for the farmers who sold corn to produce ethanol, so prices are going up. I'd rather see the US pushing for clean diesel instead of taking the food we could eat and turning it into fuel.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Itsbrokeagain Click here to enlarge
        IMO I don't see E85 lasting all that long here in the US...at least at its current cheap pricing. The govt did away with all the subsidies for the farmers who sold corn to produce ethanol, so prices are going up. I'd rather see the US pushing for clean diesel instead of taking the food we could eat and turning it into fuel.
        But Ethanol is awesome and how much more corn do we need to eat?
      1. RnmEvo9's Avatar
        RnmEvo9 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Itsbrokeagain Click here to enlarge
        IMO I don't see E85 lasting all that long here in the US...at least at its current cheap pricing. The govt did away with all the subsidies for the farmers who sold corn to produce ethanol, so prices are going up. I'd rather see the US pushing for clean diesel instead of taking the food we could eat and turning it into fuel.
        I remember when E85 used to be only $1.50 per gallon back in 2008...Click here to enlarge

        I would fill up my whole tank with just 20 bucks and all my friends/co-workers would get jealous as they were still paying the price for regular gas lol.
      1. cstavaru's Avatar
        cstavaru -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        But Ethanol is awesome and how much more corn do we need to eat?
        Ask the Somalian people.
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cstavaru Click here to enlarge
        Ask the Somalian people.
        NSFW:

      1. xbox_fan's Avatar
        xbox_fan -
        The new M3 was spotted in Sweden at a gas station, most interesting part is it was getting E85?

        Will the new M3 be a N54 running E85 Click here to enlarge

        http://www.teknikensvarld.se/2012/11...ankar--etanol/
      1. dzenno@PTF's Avatar
        dzenno@PTF -
        That'd be excellent. Just hoping that its turbos have TONS of potential in them and aren't tapped out of the factory.
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        dzenno@PTF -
        Someone should have told him to blend it with pump gas!
      1. nafoo's Avatar
        nafoo -
        Oh man, if the M4 comes ready to utilize E85, I may need to start parting out =P
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      1. Eleventeen's Avatar
        Eleventeen -
        I don't plan on buying one, but this is kind of exciting because it tells me we might be able to rob the parts bin for our own cars. My guess is that it will have a better LPFP and HPFP, among other things.
      1. xbox_fan's Avatar
        xbox_fan -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by fastgti69 Click here to enlarge
        sorry bout that Click here to enlarge
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        xbox_fan -
        @Sticky please close/merge this thread...
      1. rader1's Avatar
        rader1 -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by dzenno@ProTUNING Freaks Click here to enlarge
        That'd be excellent. Just hoping that its turbos have TONS of potential in them and aren't tapped out of the factory.
        As far as I know ALL OEM turbo cars are tapped out once you get passed bolt ons+ tune power levels.

        I mean it makes sense, for 90% of their drivers stock is more than good enough and it means a low boost threshold, better fuel economy and virtually nonexistent turbo lag. However, i does suck for the guys that gotta have more... which is us.
      1. BuraQ's Avatar
        BuraQ -
        If the M4 is flex fuel ready, and has the same potential or power like the N54, I am jumping ship for sure.
      1. Terry@BMS's Avatar
        Terry@BMS -
        I'll be ordering an office turbo M3 as soon as they start taking orders. Click here to enlarge
      1. dzenno@PTF's Avatar
        dzenno@PTF -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Terry@BMS Click here to enlarge
        I'll be ordering an office turbo M3 as soon as they start taking orders. Click here to enlarge
        Count that +1 Click here to enlarge
      1. nafoo's Avatar
        nafoo -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by whoosh Click here to enlarge
        lol
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by xbox_fan Click here to enlarge
        @Sticky please close/merge this thread...
        Done.