The stop/start system already found on four-banger BMW 1-Series and 3-Series cars is expected to make its way onto six-cylinder models sometime within the next year. The system automatically shuts off the engine when the car is at a standstill, restarting the engine automatically when the driver is ready to accelerate again. It's likely only to appear in the 3-Series' six-cylinder models at first, but we wouldn't be too surprised to see it in the 1-Series and 5-Series sooner or later. For that matter, there's no reason why BMW wouldn't put it on their whole range, even the V8 models, eventually. [Channel 4 via AutoblogGreen]
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Are starter motors ready for 10x the normal daily cycles? I don't understand how the hybrids do it, but I know it's not a traditional starter motor setup (and those engines are very small).