BMW is considering selling their engines to other car manufacturers who would like to use them in their cars. This new plan is spearheaded by new CEO Norbert Reithofer, in efforts to increase BMW earnings. BMW has already started doing engine sharing projects, like it’s turbocharged and normally aspirated 1.4 and 1.6 litre engines that are used in both BMW’s own MINI brand and some PSA Peugeot Citroen cars.
Earlier this year, BMW announced it would further collaborate with PSA on engines because of the success of the MINI engine collaboration. Something tells me the next engine BMW and PSA would somehow use together is the newly announced 4-cylinder twin turbodiesel engine.
It’s not that BMW has not done this before though, it probably only means such engine selling or development sharing projects will be done more often. The McLaren F1 has a BMW V12 engine in it, and Range Rovers have had BMW M62 V8 engines in them for quite some time, though not anymore in the latest versions.