Top BMW man says that the R56 Cooper S engine will not be easy to tune like the last version, due to twin scoll turbo and valvetronic systems. Expects tuners will have to do major work to boost power. Expects JCW to have 200+bhp when launched. JCW will not be retro fit kit......
He can't have been that high up, otherwise he would have known that the 'Valvetronic' name is not being used in MINI, as it is patented for use only in BMW, and that this technology does not actually feature in the R56 Cooper S engine as the forced induction of the turbo-charger renders it unnecessary!
Could have told you a dual scroll turbo engine would be more difficult to tune. Its common sense. Tho adjusting boost and remapping on new engine should give some power. Were as on current engine just a remap is pointless!
Did he have anything new to say that we haven't already expected?
It's been assumed/published on here no retrofit for a long time, and being harder to tune a twin-scroll charger makes some sense.
The only thing you also have to consider is it's not surprising to hear a BMW person say that aftermarket places may struggle, even the technicians who speak the media like us are aware of the financial and commercial side of the process, they're not daft.
If BMW has patented it then suley it can use it in the MINI, as MINI is BMW owned and is classed as a BMW MINI?!?! correct me if i'm wrong, and if it is the case MIni cant use this term the surley V-Tronic could be used as a name for the valvetronic technology. (problem solved)
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