DETROIT -- Fact is, BMW AG has placed on Ward’s 10 Best Engines list in some form or another of its revered inline 6-cyl. layout since the competition's inception in 1995. You don't need us to recite BMW's credentials as the industry's crown prince of straight sixes, but it's nonetheless instructive to consider how carefully the company with "Motor" in its title nurtures its gloriously refined brood. For a fleeting moment in the new century, we'd worried that BMW -- distracted by ...

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