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About BMW

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW), is an independent German company and manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles. BMW is the parent company of the MINI and Rolls-Royce car brands. It is also one of the leading car and motorcycle manufacturers in the world.

History

BMW was officially founded as a public company in 1922, but traces its origins to the pioneering days of German aviation all the way back to 1913. Two of these pioneering men, Karl Rapp and Gustav Otto, are credited by BMW as the "founding fathers". However, BMW owes its actual founding by three men- Josef Popp, Max Friz, and Camillo Castiglioni. These men brought BMW through many turbulent times in the company's early life, as well as taking the company public in 1922 to form BMW AG. BMW stands for Bayerische Motoren Werke.

Beginning with aircraft engines, BMW AG produced a variety of products in its early years, eventually shifting to motorcycle production in 1923 and automobiles in 1929. The circular blue and white BMW logo, which has not been altered throughout the company's history, does not in fact symbolize a spinning propeller according to a BMW spokesperson (although the imagry did apear in post-WWI advertisements). The BMW Trademark is believed to have been partially derived from the logo of its predecessor company Rapp Motorenwerke, while ultimately taking on the colors and checkers of the Bavarian flag. Significant aircraft powerplants of pre-WWII and WWII included the BMW 132 and BMW 801 air-cooled radial engines, and the pioneering BMW 003 axial-flow turbojet. BMW's factories were damaged badly in the war, and many surviving machine tools were confiscated by the victorious Allies.

Motorcycles

BMW started building motorcycle engines and then motorcycles after WWI. Their first notable motorcycle, after the failed Helios and Flink was the "R32" in 1923. These had a "boxer twin" engine, in which an air-cooled cylinder protrudes into the air-fllow from each side of the machine. Apart from their post-war singles (basically to the same pattern), all their motorcycles had used this distinctive, layout until the early 1980s. Many BMWs are still produced to this pattern, which is designated the "R series".

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4-seat
V8   4.6L      M-5
254.0 kW / 340.6 hp / 340.6 hp  470.5 N·m / 347.0 lb·ft / 347.0 lb·ft
   

BMW B10 (1997)

4-seater convertible (cabriolet), 8-cylinder V engine, 4619 cm3 / 281.9 cu in / 281.9 cu in, 254.0 kW / 340.6 hp / 340.6 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, 470.5 N·m / 347.0 lb·ft / 347.0 lb·ft, manual 5-speed transmission, front wheel drive

  
4-seat
S6   3.5L OHC M-4
        469.2 N·m / 346.0 lb·ft / 346.0 lb·ft
   

BMW B10 3.5 (1981)

4-seater, 6-cylinder straight (inline) engine, OHC, 3500 cm3 / 213.6 cu in / 213.6 cu in, 469.2 N·m / 346.0 lb·ft / 346.0 lb·ft, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 251 km/h / 156 mph / 156 mph top speed

  
4-seat
S6   3.5L      M-5
86.0 kW / 115.3 hp / 115.3 hp  705.1 N·m / 520.1 lb·ft / 520.1 lb·ft
   

BMW B10 Bi-turbo (1989)

4-seater, 6-cylinder straight (inline) engine, 3500 cm3 / 213.6 cu in / 213.6 cu in, 86.0 kW / 115.3 hp / 115.3 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, 705.1 N·m / 520.1 lb·ft / 520.1 lb·ft, manual 5-speed transmission, front wheel drive, 291 km/h / 181 mph / 181 mph top speed

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