BMW’s 2.Zero liter turbocharged four-cylinder, generally often called the “B48” engine, is among the model’s mostly used engines. The B48 powers all the things from the two Sequence Gran Coupe, all the best way as much as the 530i, and all the things in between. However it isn’t solely utilized in BMW autos, as each the Toyota Supra and Morgan Plus 4 use the Bavarian four-pot. Based on Top Gear, the Morgan is the automotive that greatest makes use of it.
Prime Gear staffers are fortunate geese, as they’ve a Morgan Plus 4, with a handbook transmission, in a beautiful shade of Mint Inexperienced, of their long-term press fleet. Sadly for us Yanks, we don’t have the Morgan Plus 4, so we’ve got to reside vicariously via our colleagues throughout the Atlantic. In doing so, although, we’ve discovered that Morgan’s iteration of the B48 engine is probably the most pleasurable but.
After all, the Plus 4 has some inherent benefits that no different BMW does. As a two-seat roadster with a handbook transmission (and eight-speed auto is obtainable), it’s distinctive from each BMW product within the lineup from the leap. It additionally has a fruitier, extra thrilling exhaust, which is probably going tuned down for BMW clients, who’d desire a calmer sound. The Plus 4 can be fairly a bit lighter than any BMW that makes use of the B48 engine, so its modest energy feels even punchier.
Based on Prime Gear, it’s additionally extremely environment friendly. They had been capable of obtain over 50 mpg on freeway runs, which is magnificent for a two-seat roadster sports activities automotive that may do 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds. In its worst case situation, the Morgan Plus 4 nonetheless will get within the high-30 mpg vary. So, should you’re keen to cope with its lack of area, you might each day drive and even commute within the Plus 4 and obtain nice gasoline financial system.
We’re supremely jealous of our British colleagues who get to drive Morgans. Whereas there are some Morgan press autos floating across the U.S., they’re extremely tough to come up with. So the likliness of us ever testing one is slim at greatest. Which is a disgrace as a result of, from what we hear, it’s an unimaginable automotive that makes use of BMW’s personal engine higher than BMW.
[Source: Top Gear]