SAN FRANCISCO – It’s official. Political correctness is everywhere, having invaded the last bastion of guilt-free excess – BMW AG’s powertrain division. When the auto maker launched development of the ’07 335i coupe, its engineers were tasked with developing a high-performance engine with a low public profile. Citing packaging restrictions, 3-Series powertrain chief Udo Lindner tells Ward’s: “We couldn’t make (the engine) bigger. So we went with the turbo.” But it had to be “socially ...

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