The Smit Oletha Now Comes With an S54 Straight-Six


The Smit Oletha Coupe is without doubt one of the most breathtakingly lovely automobiles I’ve seen in years. Which is ironic as a result of it wasn’t designed by a large automotive model with an acclaimed design crew. As a substitute, it was designed and engineered by a pair of brothers from California; Kaess and Willem Smit. The Oletha Coupe is actually a visible, and technical, mashup of the first-gen BMW Z4 and the BMW Z8 and it at all times had the latter’s V8 engine. Now, although, Smit is providing it with a modified S54 inline-six and it may be the higher model of the automotive.

Smit continues to be going to promote Oletha Coupes with the V8, so prospects may have the choice of selecting their engine. Nonetheless, the brand new inline-six model would possibly truly go well with the persona of the automotive higher. Although, it should be mentioned that we’ve pushed neither and are solely going off of what different publications which have pushed it mentioned. Hopefully, we will get out to Smit’s new Nashville manufacturing unit and provides one of many Oletha’s (or each) a strive.

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The six-cylinder Oletha continues to be largely the identical beneath the pores and skin. It nonetheless will get a completely carbon fiber physique over a lightened model of the first-gen Z4’s chassis. Its curb weight is beneath 3,000 lbs, it nonetheless has Z8-inspired styling, it nonetheless comes with a six-speed guide, and it nonetheless has the identical inside. Nonetheless, the brand new inline-six adjustments two issues: energy and weight.

Whereas the unique Oletha Coupe used BMW’s 4.9-liter V8 to make 450 horsepower, this new automotive makes use of an S54 engine that’s had a displacement bump to three.4-liters and it makes 400 horsepower. That’s lower than the V8 but it surely’s greater than the usual 333 horsepower of the unique S54-powered E46 M3. The smaller six-pot engine can be 100 lbs lighter, so whereas its down on energy, its power-to-weight ratio is about the identical.

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It additionally supposedly adjustments the automotive’s character, too. As a substitute of the deep, guttural rumble of the V8, the inline-six has extra of a motorsport noise, particularly its induction noise which is amplified by a carbon fiber consumption. And since it revs to eight,000 rpm, it’s a high-rpm screamer, versus the torque-monster V8.

Contemplating the automotive’s ultra-low curb weight, plainly the S54 inline-six would possibly simply be the higher engine. It would make it extra nimble over the noise, giving it higher flip it, and it’ll have a extra motorsport-inspired noise. Neither Smit Oletha is affordable however in order for you the higher driver’s automotive of the 2, the S54-powered automotive may be the one.


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