today announced the industry’s first engine to combine direct petrol injection
with Valvetronic induction control.

The six-litre engine, unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, develops over 300kW
(408bhp) and peak torque of around 600Nm (442 lb-ft). Like BMW’s new four cylinder
engines developed for the 3-series, the new V12 has four valves per cylinder and
fully-variable bi Vanos camshaft control, eliminating the conventional throttle

BMW claims that the combination of direct petrol injection and the Valvetronic
system allows proven emission control technology with a conventional three-way
catalytic converter and lamba 1 fuel/air management. In an apparent reference
to Mitsubishi‘s Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) technology (now effectively
owned by arch-rival DaimlerChrysler), BMW says its new V12 does not require
a special Denox catalyst and can therefore be used with all types of available
fuel, regardless of sulphur. understands Mitsubishi had to delay
their first European GDI engine’s European launch (in the Dutch built Carisma)
for some time after the Japanese roll-out due to problems modifying the emission
control system to run satisfactorily on the high-sulphur-content unleaded fuel
prevalent on the Continent, and in the UK.

The V12 will be installed in 760i (standard wheelbase) and 760iL (long wheelbase)
versions of the new 7-series which will be launched in about a year’s time,
BMW officials said.

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