BMW Motorcycle Production at Berlin Plant
The first BMW car, was built in Berlin: on 22 March 1929 the first BMW 3/15
PS's left the production hall rented by BMW near Berlin-Johannisthal
Airport. The first BMW motorcycle, the R 32 featuring an air-cooled
twin-flat engine and shaft drive, was presented a few years earlier in 1923
at the German Car Show in Berlin. The BMW Plant Berlin was part of the team
almost from the start: the history of BMW AG started with the production of
aircraft engines in Berlin.
The first BMW motorcycle built in Berlin - a BMW R 60/2 -- came off the
assembly line in 1967, but the motorcycle of the Berlin Plant in the former
aircraft engine plant started much earlier back in 1949 with production of
the first parts for motorcycles still built in Munich back then. Over the
years, motorcycle production was shifted step-by-step from Munich to
Berlin. And to this day, Berlin remains the only production plant for BMW
motorcycles the world over. Nearly all parts and components required for
this purpose were manufactured at the Plant, with a total workforce of not
quite 400 employees working in motorcycle production back then. Apart from
consistently modernising the facilities, motorcycle production as a whole
was substantially expanded in 1983 upon the introduction of the K-Series,
BMW AG investing some DM 500 million in an entirely new assembly building
and system, as well as a highly automated production line for engine
components. Ten years later the Company modernised and expanded the
Assembly Hall and the Machining Shop for engine and chassis components upon
the introduction of the new Boxer generation. And to assemble the
single-cylinder F 650 models built at the Berlin Plant since spring 2000,
an additional assembly line was installed to provide the capacity required.
Today a total of 1,923 employees build up to 540 motorcycles a day in BMW's
three model series -- motorcycles with a single-, two- or four-cylinder
power unit. To achieve the growth targets set by the Company in the highly
competitive motorcycle market, the BMW Group invested a total of more than
Euro 117 million in the expansion of motorcycle production in the years
2001-2003. In February 2002 the Berlin Plant opened a brand-new production
building for motorcycle assembly which, with its "intelligent" C-hook
system, is absolutely unique throughout the worldwide motorcycle industry.
Ultra-modern five-directional machining centres, a high-tech 10-directional
laser cutting system, and a valve seat force-fit machine developed
exclusively by BMW for production purposes are further examples of truly
outstanding efficiency and flexibility -- and, at the same time, serve to
guarantee premium quality.The same premium quality is ensured by the new
Engine Assembly Shop with its highly flexible assembly system and high-tech
testing equipment, which successfully entered operation in September 2003.
Since November 2003 the BMW Plant Berlin has been painting motorcycle parts
in a new Paintshop, using trendsetting technologies and working to the
highest standards of environmental protection. In all, this makes BMW's
Motorcycle Plant in Berlin one of the most modern motorcycle plants in the
world. Apart from motorcycles, the Berlin Plant has been manufacturing
components such as brake discs for car production ever since 1979.
Accordingly, Berlin plays an active role within the BMW Group's production
network, supplying automotive parts.
2014 BMW M5 Competition vs 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Model! - Head 2 Head Ep. 44
On this episode of Head 2 Head Jonny Lieberman is joined by Mike Shaffer
and two extremely potent hyper sedans, the 2014 BMW M5 Competition and the
2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG S Model. Between the two of them, these two
mighty Germans produce 1152horsepower and 1092
pound-feet of torque. On paper. After a day of horsing around/testing
Shaffer and Lieberman grow suspicious of each twin-turbo V-8's actual output. So, they take them to
the Dyno gurus at K&N
engineering to learn what's what. The results very well may shock and amaze
you. However, the boys come to the conclusion that numbers are only exactly
that: only numbers, and numbers only matter so much. One true test of a
super sedan is how it handles a twisting stretch of tarmac. The other is
how much you yearn for the car after you've walked away from it. How much
the keys itch in your pocket. While the results are definitive, this Head 2
Head is much closer than most. Have a watch!
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2014 BMW i8 Review
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What's New for 2014
The 2014 BMW i8 is an all-new model.
Based on the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics concept car shown a few years
ago, the 2014 BMW i8 represents the German automaker's vision of a
high-performance plug-in hybrid. If this is what the future looks like,
sign us up. Zero to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds? A full charge in three hours
from a regular garage outlet? Approximately 95 mpg? Yes, please.
For the i8, BMW chops its classic 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine
formula in half. The i8 uses a turbocharged 1.5-liter inline three-cylinder
paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack. The
three-cylinder drives the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic
transmission, while the electric motor powers the front wheels through a
The engine and electric motor combine for 362 horsepower, 420 pound-feet
of torque and all-wheel-drive performance, all integrated into a chassis
that is 10 pounds lighter and 1.5 inches longer than the 3 Series. The i8
also delivers stellar handling thanks to 50/50 weight distribution and a
low, centrally mounted battery pack, although standard 20-inch wheels seem
like a suspect choice for maximizing corner-to-corner performance.
BMW says the i8 can also travel 22 miles and reach a top speed of 75 mph on
electrons alone. Uncorked with the gasoline engine in the lead, it will
reach a top speed of 155 mph. Sounds like a pretty good future to us.
Lightweight construction helps bring lofty performance within reach,
notably an aluminum chassis, chemically hardened glass (similar to that
used in smartphones) and extensive use of carbon-fiber-reinforced panels
within the 2+2 passenger cabin. Those plus-2 rear seats are small, however,
smaller than even a Porsche 911's, and are best considered auxiliary
luggage space. Even settling into the front seats requires some practice
given its unique scissor-lift-style doors.
We drove a recent i8 prototype and found the i8's easy thrust in
all-electric mode a close match for the Tesla Model S. In its Sport mode
(there are also Comfort and Eco Pro settings), the i8 further awakens,
feeling light, agile and averse to body roll. The hybrid never quite
overwhelms with acceleration, but it also never feels winded, the electric
motor's torque nicely covering for the small turbo as the latter winds up to deliver its power
Whatever the i8 lacks in competitive performance, it won't lack for style.
Its low-slung profile is punctuated by standard U-shaped LED headlights.
You can even order the i8 with laser headlights where regulations allow
(sorry, U.S. shoppers). Inside, a multitiered and layered cockpit design
uses recycled materials and naturally treated leather for upholstery and
panel surfaces Like the smaller i3 electric car, the i8 will offer three
trim levels -- Mega, Giga and Tera -- all with varying degrees of sport and
The 2014 BMW i8 arrives in the spring and starts around $136,000. That's
well above its most obvious target, the Tesla Model S, and that kind of
money also buys a lot of Porsche 911. Performance aficionados won't likely
be swayed and may even look across the BMW lineup to the "M" cars. But for
the hybrid buyer seeking power, performance and efficiency through a lower
profile, the 2014 BMW i8 presents a unique choice.
Check back for more information on the 2014 BMW i8, including specs,
driving impressions and buying advice as it becomes available.
BMW E30 M3 Vs Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16! - Head 2 Head Episode 12
On this episode of Head 2 Head, Automobile Magazine's Jason Cammisa
rekindles a classic European sports sedan battle, pitting the legendary BMW
E30 M3 against it's Cosworth-powered rival, the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16.
Find out which homologation special is the most special of all!
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2013 Subaru BRZ Limited In Depth Tour, Engine Sound, Exterior and Interior
Many of you wanted an in depth tour of my BRZ so here is a very detailed
look at the car. Some specs that I didn't mention in the video that you
might be interested in:
0-60: 6.4 seconds
1/4 Mile Time: 14.9 sec @ 95.5 mph.
MPG: 22 city/30 highway for the manual, 25 city/34 highway for the
automatic due to taller gear ratios.
Requires 91 octane fuel, 93 recommended.
Curb Weight: 2,750 lbs
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Ariel Atom V8 vs 600bhp rallycross Citroen DS3 vs BMW HP4 superbike drag race - autocar.co.uk
Which is faster? An Ariel Atom V8
track day toy, BMW HP4 superbike or a rallycross Citroen DS3 with 600bhp?
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Here we have three completely different ways of going extremely quickly in
a straight line. Time for a drag race then. So what are the contenders?
There's the one-wheel drive BMW HP4 superbike, which arguably requires the
most skill to extract speed from but has a ludicrous 757bhp/tonne
power-to-weight ratio. Then there's the two-wheel drive Ariel Atom V8 with
748bhp/tonne and the Citroen DS3 Rallycross car with only 577bhp/tonne but
all-important four-wheel drive. Oh, and did we mention it's wet?
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industry-leading news, the most in-depth car reviews and opinion from our
team of experts. Our presenters include some of the world's top motoring
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MAX BMW Garage R1200GS Oil Change
MAX BMW Technician, Dave Hall takes us on a video walk-through of an oil &
filter change on a typical BMW R1200 motorcycle with a boxer engine.
Important disclaimer: All MAX BMW instructional videos are for reference
only. MAX BMW Motorcycles will not be held responsible for incorrect
installations or failed repairs using this guide. You perform these actions
at your own risk and only you are capable of assessing your ability to
perform service on your own motorcycle. If you feel uncomfortable doing so
then please contact us to perform the service for you.
The Tire-Punishing, 400HP Turbo BMW E30! - /TUNED
The BMW E30 is quickly becoming a cult classic among the DIY, autocross,
and track crowd. And though the M3 version may be climbing so quickly in
price, soon no one will be able to afford one, the 325i, as it turns out,
has some chops as a great platform for tuning. Kameron Baker's homebuilt
E30 is just about the nicest one we've seen, and if you think it looks
great, wait till you see how it drives.
Review: 2011 BMW M3 Coupe w/ Akrapovic Exhaust!
I reviewed this modified 2011 BMW M3. This car has a full titanium
Akrapovic Exhaust, along with a
Vorsteiner front and rear bumpers, spoiler and hood vents! Do you like the
modifications this owner did? Many thanks to the owner for letting me drive
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