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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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2-door
5-seat
S4 16v 1.8L DOHC SM  
84.3 kW / 113.0 hp / 113.0 hp  175.0 N·m / 129.1 lb·ft / 129.1 lb·ft
   

BMW CS1 (2002)

2-door 5-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 1796 cm3 / 109.6 cu in / 109.6 cu in, 84.3 kW / 113.0 hp / 113.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 175.0 N·m / 129.1 lb·ft / 129.1 lb·ft @ 3750 rpm / 3750 rpm / 3750 rpm, sequential manual transmission, rear wheel drive

  
  
S4 16v 1.1L      A  
104.0 kW / 139.5 hp / 139.5 hp  260.0 N·m / 191.8 lb·ft / 191.8 lb·ft
   

BMW Just 4/2 (1995)

4-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, 1097 cm3 / 66.9 cu in / 66.9 cu in, 104.0 kW / 139.5 hp / 139.5 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, 260.0 N·m / 191.8 lb·ft / 191.8 lb·ft, automatic transmission, four wheel drive

  
  
V12   6.0L      A  
447.0 kW / 599.4 hp / 599.4 hp  355.3 N·m / 262.0 lb·ft / 262.0 lb·ft
   

BMW LMR V12 (1999)

12-cylinder V engine, 5999 cm3 / 366.1 cu in / 366.1 cu in, 447.0 kW / 599.4 hp / 599.4 hp @ 7400 rpm / 7400 rpm / 7400 rpm, 355.3 N·m / 262.0 lb·ft / 262.0 lb·ft, automatic transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
V12   5.0L         
221.0 kW / 296.4 hp / 296.4 hp  450.0 N·m / 331.9 lb·ft / 331.9 lb·ft
   

BMW M12 Nazca (1991)

2-door 2-seater coupé, 12-cylinder V engine, 4988 cm3 / 304.4 cu in / 304.4 cu in, 221.0 kW / 296.4 hp / 296.4 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 450.0 N·m / 331.9 lb·ft / 331.9 lb·ft @ 4100 rpm / 4100 rpm / 4100 rpm, rear wheel drive

1-door
2-seat
S6 24v 3.2L DOHC    
252.0 kW / 337.9 hp / 337.9 hp  365.0 N·m / 269.2 lb·ft / 269.2 lb·ft
   

BMW Mille Miglia Concept Coupé (2006)

1-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 24-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 3246 cm3 / 198.1 cu in / 198.1 cu in, 252.0 kW / 337.9 hp / 337.9 hp @ 7900 rpm / 7900 rpm / 7900 rpm, 365.0 N·m / 269.2 lb·ft / 269.2 lb·ft @ 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm / 4900 rpm, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
V12 48v 5.0L DOHC    
220.0 kW / 295.0 hp / 295.0 hp  450.0 N·m / 331.9 lb·ft / 331.9 lb·ft
   

BMW Nazca M12 (1991)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 48-valve V engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 4988 cm3 / 304.4 cu in / 304.4 cu in, 220.0 kW / 295.0 hp / 295.0 hp @ 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm / 5200 rpm, 450.0 N·m / 331.9 lb·ft / 331.9 lb·ft @ 4100 rpm / 4100 rpm / 4100 rpm, rear wheel drive

  
4-seat
S6 24v 3.2L DOHC M-6
236.0 kW / 316.5 hp / 316.5 hp  345.0 N·m / 254.5 lb·ft / 254.5 lb·ft
   

BMW Pickster (1998)

4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 24-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 3201 cm3 / 195.3 cu in / 195.3 cu in, 236.0 kW / 316.5 hp / 316.5 hp @ 7400 rpm / 7400 rpm / 7400 rpm, 345.0 N·m / 254.5 lb·ft / 254.5 lb·ft @ 3250 rpm / 3250 rpm / 3250 rpm, manual 6-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

2-door
2-seat
S4 8v 2.0L SOHC M-4
96.0 kW / 128.7 hp / 128.7 hp  177.0 N·m / 130.5 lb·ft / 130.5 lb·ft
   

BMW Turbo Prototype (1972)

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 1991 cm3 / 121.5 cu in / 121.5 cu in, 96.0 kW / 128.7 hp / 128.7 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, 177.0 N·m / 130.5 lb·ft / 130.5 lb·ft, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 249 km/h / 155 mph / 155 mph top speed

2-door
2+2-seat
S6 24v 2.9L DOHC A-5
137.2 kW / 184.0 hp / 184.0 hp  450.0 N·m / 331.9 lb·ft / 331.9 lb·ft
   

BMW X Coupe (2001)

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, diesel 6-cylinder 24-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 2926 cm3 / 178.6 cu in / 178.6 cu in, 137.2 kW / 184.0 hp / 184.0 hp @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, 450.0 N·m / 331.9 lb·ft / 331.9 lb·ft @ 1750 rpm / 1750 rpm / 1750 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, four wheel drive, 201 km/h / 125 mph / 125 mph top speed

  
2-seat
V8   4.4L      A  
240.0 kW / 321.8 hp / 321.8 hp  340.0 N·m / 250.8 lb·ft / 250.8 lb·ft
   

BMW Z18 (2001)

2-seater, 8-cylinder V engine, 4400 cm3 / 268.5 cu in / 268.5 cu in, 240.0 kW / 321.8 hp / 321.8 hp @ 7400 rpm / 7400 rpm / 7400 rpm, 340.0 N·m / 250.8 lb·ft / 250.8 lb·ft, automatic transmission, four wheel drive

  
  
     3.2L      A  
245.0 kW / 328.6 hp / 328.6 hp  350.0 N·m / 258.1 lb·ft / 258.1 lb·ft
   

BMW Z22 (2001)

3169 cm3 / 193.4 cu in / 193.4 cu in, 245.0 kW / 328.6 hp / 328.6 hp @ 7400 rpm / 7400 rpm / 7400 rpm, 350.0 N·m / 258.1 lb·ft / 258.1 lb·ft, automatic transmission, rear wheel drive

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