Official: BMW to supply Saab with 1.6L 4-cylinder turbo engines

Spyker Cars and BMW announced today that they have entered an agreement for the supply of engines to be used in next-generation Saab vehicles.

“BMW will supply Saab with 4-cylinder 1.6 liter turbocharged gasoline engines from 2012,” the two companies said in a statement. “The engines will be adapted to meet Saab’s specific requirements.”

The 1.6L 4-cylinder engines are currently used in BMW Group’s Mini Cooper models. This most likely means that the much rumored compact Saab 9-2 is headed for production.

“This is a major step for Saab on our road to becoming a profitable independent premium car maker,” said Victor Muller, Chairman of Saab Automobile. “In line with our strategy, we will continue to capitalize on our own engineering expertise while also working with the very best partners. Both parties are open to explore further opportunities as part of this relationship in the future.”

BMW’s Ian Robertson, Executive Sales and Marketing Director of BMW, said that they “are delighted to support Saab with our engine expertise.”

– By: Omar Rana