The Hispano-Suiza J-12 model was powered by a V-12 and unlike the ones you
mention, Hispano's aircraft 12 cylinder motors were also in a V
Maybe you were thinking of the current Wartsila-Sulzer?
Have BMW ever experimented with a boxer alignment in a vehicle, other
than a motorcycle, like Alfa Romeo?
I drove a white '92 Alfa 33 QV for several years while working in
Holland and enjoyed the car quite a lot. I had none of the infamous
Alfa probems over a span of about 3.5 years.
Other advantages are cost and simplicity of layout. You can have
those 6 nicely-balanced cylinders with only one cam drive, one set of
camshafts, etc. Inlines are nice for the layout simplicity of all the
intake on one side, all exhaust on the other side. The I6 is a great
compromise because of it's inherent balance, and going any longer gets
to be "too long" for mechanical-strength and packaging considerations
(although longer inlines do exist in some huge-motor applications like
mining equipment and ships). For these reasons, the I6 is extremely
popular in earth-moving and farming equipment, and in "semi" truck
The I6 would be a lot more popular in cars were not for it's length,
which makes it impractical to turn sideways for FWD applications.
Ironically, fitting a long motor transversely may be easier with
motorcycles than with cars. With motorcycles, there is no "hard
limit" to how wide the motor can be. With cars, there's the shocks
and wheel-wells there. Additionally, motorcycles are designed with
the clutch and transmission completely behind the motor. With cars,
the clutch and transmission are inline with the crankshaft, which is
Good points all. I even like the exhaust note of the I6, although when
teamed with a second bank on the same crank (aka V-12), it really sings.
V-8's don't really come into their own unless spun to about 19,000 RPM ;-)
R / John
Not in fact because it didn't go when I sent it for some strange reason - I sent
this when there were no other answers or replies as a tongue in cheek jokey
response however when I shut down yesterday it told me that there was 1 item to
post so I told it to send it and here it is a day late as you said but
Sir Hugh of Bognor
The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.
I have a 2000 528i that I purchased for the new technology ... it is the
beta version ... the first one off the assembly line.
Great car, great gas mileage ... 8 years old and 178K on it ... small repair
list on the internet BMW history.
Today ... I am having Computer Gremlin problems ...
First idea is a wire loom problem, like maybe a mechanic somehow got in
there with a screwdriver and screwed it up.
Second idea is the ignition turn key is wearing out to give me a fault
pattern that is mysterious in how it breaks the fuel pump, security system,
stereo system ... and then fixes them the same way.
Repeated ignition turns makes them re-boot the car computer, and the right
tail light show fault on the dashboard, no problem. Next ignition turn the
dash light is fine, but the rear light turn signal is out (flashes twice as
fast) ... fix the bulb by moving the contacts. There is no more problems.
Still waiting for permanent failure to fix what is broken ... as electrical
faults that come and go are not fix able usually.
Other then that ... great car ... good technology for the highway.
Getting a ZAP car and going electric for in town.
sumbuddie wear blind sea
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