Tough test: BMW M Team RLL finishes the challenging 24 Hours of Daytona with both MOTUL BMW M4 GT3s.

BMW:Tough test: BMW M Team RLL finishes the challenging 24 Hours of Daytona with both MOTUL BMW M4 GT3s.

Daytona. The first 24 Hours of Daytona (USA) proved to be a
tough test for the BMW M Motorsport teams and the new BMW M4 GT3.
After a race full of challenges, BMW M Team RLL’s two MOTUL BMW M4
GT3s crossed the finish line in seventh and ninth places in the
GTD-PRO class. Both cars suffered issues with their underbodies
early in the race. Work had to be carried out on the rear diffusor
multiple times which cost a lot of time and saw both cars drop well
down the field. Turner Motorsport made an impressive fightback in
the GTD class and was running in the top five until they were forced
to retire after an incident in the night.

 

“That was a tough race,” said Mike Krack, Head of BMW M Motorsport.
“We wanted to keep the number of mistakes to a minimum and, if
possible, to get all the BMW M4 GT3s through the race without any
incidents. Unfortunately, we did not quite manage that. The GTD car
run by Turner Motorsport was unable to finish the race after contact,
and both of BMW M Team RLL’s cars encountered problems and ended the
race in seventh and ninth place. Although we did a lot of test
kilometres during the development phase, this showed that an outing
under race conditions poses additional challenges. We must work
together to improve the reliability, operations and performance, as we
were unable to match the pace of the leaders at any point in the race.
We will now analyse all the findings to ensure that we return to the
front again at the 12 Hours of Sebring. I would like to congratulate
Team Pfaff Motorsports on its victory in the first race of the new
GTD-PRO class. Today was my last race outing with BMW M Motorsport. I
would have liked to have bid farewell with a top result. I want to
thank all my colleagues, the teams and drivers for the trustworthy
cooperation over the past few years.”

Sharing the driving duties in the #25 MOTUL BMW M4 GT3 were John
Edwards, Connor De Phillippi (both USA), Augusto Farfus (BRA) and
Jesse Krohn (FIN). They finished seventh in their class after 698
laps. The second car, with Philipp Eng (AUT), Sheldon van der Linde
(RSA), Marco Wittmann (GER) and Nick Yelloly (GBR) at the wheel, came
home ninth in the GTD-PRO class.

In the GTD class, the #96 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT3 started from
the back of the field but they went on the offensive in the first few
hours and managed to fight their way back into the top five.
Alternating in the cockpit were Bill Auberlen, Robby Foley, Michael
Dinan (all USA) and BMW M works driver Jens Klingmann (GER). The car
was damaged in a collision in the night however, and consequently had
to be parked up in the garage.

BMW M Team RLL and Turner Motorsport now have roughly six weeks until
the second highlight of this season’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship at Sebring (USA). They will be joined there by Paul
Miller Racing with a BMW M4 GT3 in the GTD class.

Focus on the BMW M anniversary and BMW M Endurance Challenge.

On the support programme for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, BMW M
Motorsport and BMW of North America marked 50 years of BMW M with a
host of highlights. Immediately before the start of the race, there
was a parade of vintage and current BMW M cars, including a BMW M1
from 1980. Three race cars that made history by winning IMSA races
were on display at the Rolex 24 Heritage Exhibition in the Daytona Fan
Zone: the BMW 3.0 CSL from 1975, the 2015 BMW Z4 GTLM, and the BMW M8
GTE that triumphed at Daytona in 2019.

The BMW M Endurance Challenge took place on Friday. The four-hour
race, round one of this season’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, was
started by Timo Resch, Vice President Customer, Brand and Sales at BMW
M GmbH, in his role as Grand Marshal. Victory went to Team RS1. Turner
Motorsport also impressed with its two BMW M4 GT4s and made it onto
the podium, with Bill Auberlen and Dillon Machavern (both USA)
finishing third. Their team-mates Robby Foley, Michael Dinan and
Vincent Barletta (all USA) were fifth.

 

Quotes after the 24 Hours of Daytona:

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW M Team RLL): “That
was a long day for us. It was the first race with the new car for our
team. Prior to this, we had only had one short test at Daytona in
December 2021 and were a little surprised that we did not have the
problems back then that have slowed us down here in Rolex 24. A big
thank you goes to my team, the drivers, BMW M Motorsport, and all
those who never gave up during the past 36 hours and tried to get the
best possible out of the car. We now have a very long to do list which
we must work through in order to challenge at the front in Sebring.”

John Edwards (#25 MOTUL BMW M4 GT3, 7th place
GTD-PRO class):
“That was a difficult race for us from the
start. We did not have the necessary pace, and then came the issues
with the diffusor. The result is obviously not what we wanted, but I
am very proud of the guys, who never gave up. Seventh place still
earned us some decent points in the overall standings. Hopefully we
can up our game in Sebring and take a step forward in the championship.”

Marco Wittmann (#24 MOTUL BMW M4 GT3, 9th place
GTD-PRO class):
“That was not the race we were hoping for.
Despite that, we never lost our fantastic team spirit. After the early
problems, we tried to view the race as a test, gain experience and get
the car through to the finish. It is obviously a shame that we lost an
awful lot of time, first through the damage to the diffusor and then
later through a puncture and its consequences. Nevertheless, we have a
lot to build on looking ahead to the coming races. Hopefully things
will run smoother in the future!”

Jens Klingmann (#96 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT3, DNF GTD
class):
“For the IMSA season, the 24 Hours of Daytona is
pretty much the equivalent of the Super Bowl – the highlight of the
season and a really tough test at the same time. There were four of us
in one Turner Motorsport car for the first time, and we had fought
back strongly to make it into the top five until our retirement. My
team-mates were all basically very happy with the driveability,
user-friendliness and ergonomics of the BMW M4 GT3. That gives me
reason to be positive. It is obviously a shame that we had to park the
car up after our contact, but we showed that we have the potential to
compete at the very front of the field in our class.”

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BMW Group joins Leather Working Group – for responsible and sustainable leather sourcing

BMW:BMW Group joins Leather Working Group – for responsible and sustainable leather sourcing

Munich. The BMW Group is underlining its corporate
responsibility in the field of sustainability, by becoming the second
automotive manufacturer worldwide to join the Leather Working Group.
The aim of the not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder organisation is to
ensure uniform environmental and social standards for leather supply
chains worldwide and to certify manufacturers. The Leather Working
Group represents about a quarter of the world’s leather producers –
from tanneries to leather-processing industries and associations to
retailers and buyers.

“As a leader in supply chain sustainability, joining the Leather
Working Group is the next logical step for us,” says Nadine Philipp,
BMW Group’s head of Sustainability in the Supply Chain, Energy. She
emphasised that: “Leather is still in demand from our customers –
depending on the model and region – and is very important in the
premium segment. That is why supporting sustainable production and
processing of leather at our suppliers is a priority for us. At the
same time, we still want all our customers worldwide to be able to
choose the optimal product, so we also offer leather-free vehicle
equipment options.”

The decision to join the Leather Working Group ties in directly with
the BMW Group’s business alignment, with its focus on sustainability
and resource efficiency. One of the BMW Group’s objectives is to
create the most sustainable supply chain across the entire automotive
industry. Sourcing leather from certified facilities is an important
step on the road to achieving this ambitious goal.

As well as leather from certified suppliers, BMW Group also
offers customers alternative interior materials

The BMW Group already sources all leather in the BMW iX from a
certified manufacturer. The natural leather used is tanned in an
especially environmentally-friendly process that relies on olive leaf
extract. The BMW Group already offers leather-free alternatives,
including textile options, Alcantara® and Sensatec. The company is
also conducting research into resource-efficient leather alternatives,
such as Deserttex®, which is made from cactus fibres, and the durable
and fully recyclable plant-based Mirum®, from the startup Natural
Fiber Welding, in which BMW i Ventures acquired a stake in 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact:

BMW Group Corporate Communications

Benedikt Fischer, Purchasing, Supplier Network, Sustainability
E-mail: Benedikt.Fischer@bmw.de,
Telephone: +49-89-382-66887

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more than 194,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
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of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
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Original Press Release

Big anniversary weekend: BMW M Motorsport celebrates 50 years of BMW M and the IMSA race debut of the BMW M4 GT3 at Daytona.

BMW:Big anniversary weekend: BMW M Motorsport celebrates 50 years of BMW M and the IMSA race debut of the BMW M4 GT3 at Daytona.

Daytona.
For BMW M Motorsport and BMW of North America, this weekend’s
Rolex 24 At Daytona (USA) represents one of the highlights of the
season, even this early in the year. The new BMW M4 GT3 is set to
make its debut at the endurance classic in Florida. BMW M Team RLL
and Turner Motorsport were in action last weekend at the test and
qualifying event, Roar Before the 24, where they secured their start
positions for the 24-hour race. The big race is the perfect stage on
which to mark the 50-year anniversary of BMW M GmbH, which will
celebrate the occasion with a top-class programme both on and off
the track.

 

The sporting foundations for the coming weekend were laid over the
last few days, within the many test sessions and the 100-minute
qualifying race. The two MOTUL BMW M4 GT3s run by BMW M Team RLL
qualified 12th and 13th in the GTD-PRO class. At the wheel of the #24
car were BMW M works drivers Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) and Nick
Yelloly (GBR), gaining as much experience as possible. Their
team-mates Marco Wittmann (GER) and Philipp Eng (AUT) were only in
action in the test sessions. In the #25 car, Augusto Farfus (BRA) and
Jesse Krohn (FIN) skipped the qualifying race, while John Edwards and
Connor De Phillippi (both USA) shared the cockpit. Turner Motorsport,
with drivers Bill Auberlen, Robby Foley, Michael Dinan (all USA) and
Jens Klingmann (GER) in the #96 BMW M4 GT3, failed to finish in the
GTD class following a collision. As a result, they will start from the
back of the field at the weekend.

“The 24 Hours of Daytona is a very special race for BMW M Motorsport
in many regards – and for me personally,” said Mike Krack, Head of BMW
M Motorsport. “For the first time this season, the 50-year anniversary
of BMW M will be duly celebrated, thanks to the efforts of BMW of
North America at the racetrack. From a sporting perspective, we are
extremely excited about our IMSA debut with the BMW M4 GT3. We have
already seen at the Roar that setting up and classifying a totally new
GT car can pose challenges that need a little time to master. However,
the drivers and teams are constantly making progress and will continue
to improve over the course of the race weekend. I am confident that we
will see good performances at my final race as Head of BMW M
Motorsport. I am really looking forward to it.”

MOTUL is partner of BMW M Motorsport and lends its name to the BMW M
Team RLL cars. “After two years of successful partnership, including
the 2020 24h Daytona win, we are very proud to continue our adventure
together,“ said Romain Grabowski, Head of Brand MOTUL. “This is not
only a partnership renewal, it is a real challenge for our two
companies with the introduction of the brand new MOTUL BMW M4 GT3 as
we have both been working together on its technical development. We
are hoping to provide BMW fans from all over the world with great
excitement as well as top quality engine oil, allowing them to extract
maximum power output from their BMW engines while benefiting from
maximal protection.” Fellow partners Akrapovič, H&R, Michelin and
Puma are also working closely with BMW M Motorsport. They are joined
by BMW of North America’s partners BMW M Performance Driving School
and Global Medical Response and BMW M Team RLL’s partners Aero and Rousseau.

 

Special highlights in support programme.

As well as the race action, BMW M Motorsport and BMW of North America
will also mark 50 years of BMW M with a host of highlights on the
support programme for the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Directly before the
start of the race, there will be a parade of vintage and current BMW M
cars, including a BMW M1 from 1980. Three race cars that made history
by winning IMSA races will be on display at the ‘Rolex 24 Heritage
Exhibition’ in the ‘Daytona Fan Zone’: the BMW 3.0 CSL from 1975, the
2015 BMW Z4 GTLM, and the BMW M8 GTE that triumphed at Daytona in 2019.

Once again, BMW M is also the title partner of the BMW M Endurance
Challenge, the 4-hour race that kicks off the season in the IMSA
Michelin Pilot Challenge. Four BMW M4 GT4s run by the Turner
Motorsport, Stephen Cameron Racing and Random Vandals Racing teams
will compete in the race on Friday. The field will be led by BMW M3
and BMW M4 safety cars. Attending as representatives of BMW M GmbH are
CEO Franciscus van Meel and Timo Resch, Vice President Customer, Brand
and Sales at BMW M GmbH.

The BMW M Endurance Challenge gets underway at 19:35 CET on Friday
28th January. The Rolex 24 starts at 19:40 CET on Saturday 29th January.

Quotes ahead of the 24-hour race:

Bobby Rahal (Team Principal BMW M Team RLL): “We are
very proud to have played a role in a good portion of the history of
BMW M Motorsport. For us, signing with BMW back in 2008 for the 2009
season was a huge honour – so for us to be part of this 50th
anniversary of BMW M is really something special. We are super excited
about racing the new BMW M4 GT3, once again introducing a new race car
to BMW fans like we have done with the M3 GT, Z4 GTLM, M6 GTLM and M8
GTE. We have been fortunate to have success with each of those cars
which makes it exciting to embark on this new project and hopefully
have more success with this great new chassis in 2022. BMW M
Motorsport has assembled another great driver line-up and our drivers
will have to give us their best. There are a lot of good drivers in
GTD PRO and we’re looking forward to the competition.”

Sheldon van der Linde (#24 MOTUL BMW M4 GT3): “Not a
great qualifying race for us. Obviously, we would have liked to be
further up on the grid. Our job is to make sure that everything runs
smoothly within the team. For me personally it’s the first race with
the RLL team, so I was getting to know everybody during these days. My
first time with BMW M Motorsport at Daytona means there’s a lot left
for me to learn.”

Nick Yelloly (#24 MOTUL BMW M4 GT3): “We could see in
the qualifying race where we are at the moment – and that’s not where
we want to be. Now we have to stick our heads together in the days to
come. In general, it’s pleasure to drive the BMW M4 GT3 and work with
BMW M Team RLL. Now we just have to find some speed.”

John Edwards (#25 MOTUL BMW M4 GT3): “The qualifying
race didn’t end up great but fortunately there are no points awarded
for it. Now we have a week ahead of us where we’ll put our heads down
and prepare for the 24-hour race to go for the result when it counts.”

Connor De Phillippi (#25 MOTUL BMW M4 GT3): “Not the
result we wanted, obviously. We executed well and had a clean race. We
just didn’t have the package to challenge for top positions. Let’s
hope it will be different next weekend and we can put on a fight.”

Jens Klingmann (#96 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT3):
“For us the focus was on set-up work. It’s important to find a good
balance between racing day and night. There are still a lot of things
to learn and discover with the new car. I think we made good progress
and the car is in a good window. It is easy to drive which is
important for a 24-hour race. Now we just got to make it fast. I am
confident we’ll get there soon.”

Original Press Release

The new BMW M8 Competition Coupé, the new BMW M8 Competition Convertible, the new BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé.

BMW:The new BMW M8 Competition Coupé, the new BMW M8 Competition Convertible, the new BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé.

Outstanding performance, fascinating luxury and a confident
appearance characterize the BMW M8 Competition Coupé (combined fuel
consumption: 11.4 – 11.0 l/100 km according to WLTP; combined CO2
emissions: 260 – 251 g/km), the BMW M8 Competition Cabriolet (combined
fuel consumption: 11.6 – 11.2 l/100 km according to WLTP). LTP;
combined CO2 emissions: 265 – 255 g/km) and the BMW M8 Competition
Gran Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 11.6 – 11.2 l/100 km according
to WLTP; combined CO2 emissions: 265 – 256 g/km). Design modifications
and optimized operation.

The new edition of the BMW M8, which is available in three body
versions, is particularly popular with additions to the range of
exterior colours and the M alloy wheels. Additional possibilities for
individualising the appearance are provided by the M lights Shadow
Line, which are available for the first time for the luxurious
high-performance sports cars. Full leather Merino/Alcantara in the new
Black/Sakhir Orange colour variant provides fresh impulses in the
interior. In addition, the operating comfort is increased by the
12.3-inch touch display of the BMW iDrive operating system.

Fresh impetus for the presence of BMW M GmbH in the luxury segment.

The BMW M8 Competition Coupé, the BMW M8 Competition Cabriolet and
the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé together mark the top position in
the model range of BMW M GmbH, which has a strong presence in the
luxury segment with this model series. With their independent body
concepts, the three top models each embody an individual expression of
M of typical performance in the prestigious competitive environment of
luxury sports cars.

Their central common feature is the drive and chassis technology
designed for an extremely emotional driving experience. Power for
outstanding performance is provided by a V8 engine with M TwinPower
Turbo technology, which mobilizes a maximum output of 460 kW/625 hp
and a maximum torque of 750 Nm. Due to its typical M high-speed
character, the engine develops high drive torque over wide load
ranges, which is optimally placed on the road via an 8-speed M
Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and the M xDrive all-wheel
drive system. Their precise coordination enables exciting sporty
driving manoeuvres, such as accelerating from a standstill to 100 km/h
in just 3.2 seconds (BMW M8 Competition Coupé and BMW M8 Competition
Gran Coupé) or 3.3 seconds (BMW M8 Competition Cabriolet).

A chassis technology developed with racing know-how and tailored to
each model guarantees the characteristic harmony of dynamics, agility
and precision in driving behaviour of BMW M Automobile in every
situation. The experience gained during the development of the BMW M8
GTE racing car was also used.

Eight new exterior colours, premiere for M luminaires Shadow Line.

Powerful shapes, generous, elegant surfaces, aerodynamically
optimised lines and M-specific design features that are geared to the
functional requirements of a high-performance sports car characterise
the unmistakable appearance of the BMW M8 Competition Coupé, the BMW
M8 Competition Cabriolet and the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé. The
clear surface design of the exterior is now particularly intensively
underlined by new exterior colours. The update in the body painting
program includes eight variants available for the first time for the
three models.

The new range includes the exterior colours Skyscraper grey
mectallic, Brooklyn grey metallic and Isle of Man green metallic as
well as the BMW Individual lacquer tansanite blue metallic. In
addition, four new variants of the particularly high-quality Frozen
finishes are available, which impressively highlight the modern design
language of the BMW M8 models with their silk-matt finishes. The BMW
Individual special finishes Frozen Pure Grey metallic, Frozen Deep
Grey metallic, Frozen Deep Green metallic and Frozen Tanzanite Blue
metallic are also available.

The BMW Laser Light with adaptive cornering light and glare-free main
beam assistant BMW Selective Beam provides optimized visibility in
different weather conditions and driving situations as standard. As an
option, they are now also available as M lamps Shadow Line for the new
edition of high-performance sports cars. The dark design of the
inserts and chrome elements inside the headlamps, in combination with
the high-gloss black frame of the BMW kidney as standard, contributes
to a particularly striking and sporty look on the front of the vehicle.

New 20 inch M light alloy wheels in star-spoke design.

The chassis technology of the new BMW M8 models includes
electronically controlled shock absorbers and an electromechanical M
Servotronic steering system, as well as an integrated brake system
that enables the display of two pedal characteristics. This allows the
rider to choose between a comfort-oriented and a sporty-direct pedal
feeling. As an alternative to the standard M Compound brake system, an
optional M Carbon ceramic brake is available.

The DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) driving stability system allows
the driver to activate the M Dynamic Mode, which allows greater wheel
slip. In combination with the rear-wheel-driven design of the M
xDrive, particularly sporty driving maneuvers including controlled
drifts can be experienced. The standard equipment also includes
20-inch M light alloy wheels equipped with high-performance tyres in
the sizes 275/35 R 20 front and 285/35 R 20 rear. Other M light alloy
wheels in the same format are available as special equipment,
including a new variant in star-spoke design and in bicolor black/grey version.

M sports seats and M Carbon bucket seats in new
leather/Alcantara variant.

The interior of the new BMW M8 models combines a typical M cockpit
design with modern luxury. The standard BMW Head-Up Display offers
M-specific displays. The Setup button on the center console allows
direct access to the settings for the engine, damper, steering, M
xDrive and brake system. Two variants of the individually created M
Setup can be permanently stored together with the preferred settings
for the drive sound, the gearshift characteristic, the driving
stability control and the Auto Start Stop function. They can then be
accessed by pressing one of the two M buttons on the steering wheel.
In addition, the M Mode button on the centre console can be used to
control the driver assistance systems as well as the displays in the
instrument cluster and the head-up display. You can select the
settings ROAD, SPORT and TRACK.

The standard M sports seats also support the intensive driving
experience in the high-performance sports car. The optionally
available M Carbon bucket seats create an unadulterated racing feeling
for the driver and passenger. With their structure-based design,
visible carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) surfaces, integrated
headrests, openings in the backrests and side cheeks and guides for
multi-point seat belts, they combine racing functionality with
long-distance comfort and luxurious workmanship. They are heated and
also offer electrical adjustment options, an illuminated “M8”
lettering on the headrests and a memory function on the driver’s side.

In combination with the M Sports seats and the M Carbon bucket seats,
a full-leather Merino/Alcantara trim is standard on board the new BMW
M8 models. It is now also available for the first time in the colour
combination Black/Sakhir Orange. In addition, the black Alcantara
dimensions in all versions of this equipment are now being extended to
the instrument panel and the upper areas of the door sills.

Optimized operating comfort thanks to 12.3-inch control display.

The BMW Live Cockpit Professional is also part of standard equipment
in the BMW M8 Competition Coupé, BMW M8 Competition Cabriolet and BMW
M8 Competition Gran Coupé. It includes a control display whose screen
size has now grown from 10.25 to 12.3 inches. The touch function of
the large on-board monitor allows a particularly fast, comfortable and
intuitive operation of numerous vehicle functions.

The BMW Live Cockpit Professional includes the online navigation
system BMW Maps and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. In
addition, the standard equipment with the Driving Assistant, the
Parking Assistant including reversing assistant, the telephony with
wireless charging and the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System
underlines the exclusive character of the new BMW M8 models.

BMW M8 Competition Coupe.

Combined fuel consumption: 11.4 – 11.0 l/100 km according to
WLTP; Combined CO2 emissions: 260 – 251 g/km

BMW M8 Competition Convertible.

Combined fuel consumption: 11.6 – 11.2 l/100 km according to
WLTP; Combined CO2 emissions: 265 – 255 g/km

BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe.

Combined fuel consumption: 11.6 – 11.2 l/100 km according to
WLTP; Combined CO2 emissions: 265 – 256 g/km.

Original Press Release

The new BMW 8 Series Coupé, the new BMW 8 Series Convertible, the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé.

BMW:The new BMW 8 Series Coupé, the new BMW 8 Series Convertible, the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé.

With striking design modifications to the exterior and an interior
that has been further developed in numerous details, premium carmaker
BMW has honed the profile of its luxury sports cars. A redesigned
front section makes for an exterior look that is as dynamic as it is
elegant. In addition, all model variants of the new BMW 8 Series
Coupé, the new BMW 8 Series Convertible and the new BMW 8 Series Gran
Coupé come with an M sports package as standard. This means that the
interior likewise conveys an even more intensely focused impression of
driving pleasure. Operating convenience and connectivity are optimised
by an enlarged 12.3-inch Control Display for the BMW iDrive system.

More than ever, the luxury sports cars of the BMW 8 Series embody a
passion for inspiring performance and exclusive style. The BMW “Iconic
Glow” kidney, which is standard on all model variants, now adds a
particularly expressive accentuation to the exterior. On the inside,
the BMW Individual Merino leather upholstery – now a standard feature
– contributes to the luxurious ambience.

Luxury sports car in three body variants.

The new edition of the BMW 8 Series provides a particularly emotional
boost for the brand’s current model offensive in the luxury
performance segment. There are three individual vehicle characters to
choose from, each of them offering its own distinctive interpretation
of this fascinating combination of sporty flair and luxury. The BMW 8
Series Coupé embodies the classic two-door body shape, so it stands
firmly in the tradition of the brand’s legendary sports cars, blending
elegant lines with dynamic driving characteristics. The BMW 8 Series
Coupé was developed in parallel with the BMW M8 GTE endurance racing car.

The BMW 8 Series Convertible combines sporting performance with the
very highest level of exclusivity as well as the distinctive appeal of
open-top driving pleasure. Its classic textile soft top can be opened
or closed fully automatically in 15 seconds at the touch of a button.

The series is rounded off with a vehicle concept that combines
typical BMW dynamic performance with a clear bonus in terms of space
and long-distance suitability. As a four-door model with an
exceptionally high level of seating comfort in the rear for a sports
car, the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé occupies an exceptional position in
the luxury segment. Its outstanding performance characteristics result
from the fact that it is the only model in its competitive field to
have been derived directly from a two-door sports car – the BMW 8
Series Coupé.

A choice of three engines, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

There are several options when it comes to choosing an individual
experience of the exclusive dynamic performance offered by a BMW 8
Series – not only in terms of the diversity of vehicle concepts but
also based on drive technology. Three engines are available for each
of the luxury sports cars. At the top of the model range are the BMW
M850i xDrive Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 10.8 – 10.5 l/100 km;
combined CO2 emissions: 245 – 239 g/km according to WLTP)
the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible (combined fuel consumption:
11.0 – 10.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
249 – 243 g/km according to WTLP) and the BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupé
(combined fuel consumption: 11.0 – 10.7 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 251 – 243 g/km according to WLTP). These
models put the power of their 4.4-litre, 390 kW/530 hp V8 engine on
the road with the help of intelligent all-wheel drive.

The 3.0 litre in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 840i xDrive
Coupé models (combined fuel consumption: 8.9 – 8.6 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 204 – 195 g/km according to WLTP) and the
BMW 840i xDrive Convertible (combined fuel consumption:
9.2 – 8.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 209 – 200 g/km
according to WLTP,) and the BMW 840i xDrive Gran Coupé (combined fuel
consumption: 9.3 – 8.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
211 – 199 g/km according to WLTP) transmits its drive torque to all
four wheels. Alternatively, the 245 kW/333 hp engine can also be
combined in the BMW 840i Coupé models (combined fuel consumption:
8.6 – 8.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 196 – 186 g/km
according to WLTP,) the BMW 840i Convertible (combined fuel
consumption: 8.8 – 8.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
201 – 191 g/km according to WLTP) and the BMW 840i Gran Coupé
(combined fuel consumption: 8.9 – 8.4 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 203 – 191 g/km according to WLTP) with
classic rear-wheel drive.

Pulling power, efficiency and superior driving pleasure characterise
the drive technology in the BMW 840d xDrive Coupé (combined fuel
consumption: 6.8 – 6.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions:
179 – 170 g/km according to WLTP) and the BMW 840d xDrive Convertible
(combined fuel consumption: 7.0 – 6.7 l/100 km; combined
CO2 emissions: 183 – 175 g/km according to WLTP) and in the
BMW 840d xDrive Gran Coupé (combined fuel consumption:
7.1 – 6.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 186 – 174 g/km
according to WLTP). Its 3.0-litre in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine
generates a maximum output of 250 kW/340 hp. The spontaneous power
delivery, fuel consumption and emissions response of the turbo diesel
power unit are additionally optimised by the use of 48-volt mild
hybrid technology. 

THE 8 X JEFF KOONS: Precision, sophistication and
craftsmanship in a limited edition.

The design style and dynamic performance of the new BMW 8 Series are
fascinating – not only on the road. For US artist Jeff Koons, they
serve as sources of inspiration for the edition of the BMW M850i
xDrive Gran Coupé he has designed, which will be presented for the
first time on 17 February 2022. THE 8 X JEFF KOONS embodies precision,
sophistication and craftsmanship. A multi-layer finish in eleven
colours creates a highly expressive appearance. Meanwhile the
interior’s impressive ambience is characterised by the very finest
leather and other exquisite materials, along with the rich red and
blue tones of BMW M GmbH and an engraved artist’s signature.

Jeff Koons and the BMW Group are linked by a partnership that dates
back more than a decade. In 2010, he designed the BMW M3 GT2 Art Car
that took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This new project came about
to mark the 50th anniversary of the BMW Group’s global commitment to
culture. The limited edition is manufactured at the BMW Group plant in
Dingolfing. This makes THE 8 X JEFF KOONS an exceptionally exclusive
combination of art and driving pleasure in a luxury sports car by BMW.

Exterior design. Fresh accents for fascinating dynamic performance.

Strikingly designed surfaces and precisely traced lines ensure sporty
elegance in the body design of the three models of the BMW 8 Series in
line with the brand’s current design style. Their appearance signals
dynamic performance, exclusivity and progressive aesthetics.
Regardless of the body shape, the BMW 8 Series stands for an
unmistakable style that makes a lasting impression. Just a few weeks
after the market launch of the third body variant, the entire BMW 8
Series was awarded the “Golden Steering Wheel” as the “Best-Looking
Car of the Year” based on a reader survey by Auto Bild and
Bild am Sonntag.

The BMW 8 Series Coupé comes over as a low-slung vehicle with an
elongated silhouette and a roof line that flows elegantly into the
powerful rear. A widely flared shoulder section and wide track widths
signal the dynamic driving potential of the two-door model. Its roof –
optionally made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) – features a
central indentation reminiscent of the double curvature known as the
“double bubble” in classic racing cars.

The BMW 8 Series Convertible also features dynamic lines with its
tight-fitting tension-bar soft top. The soft top lies flat in its
compartment when opened. When the roof is open, the harmonious design
of the exterior and interior comes into full view. The vehicle’s
occupants are surrounded by coherently designed surfaces that extend
from the dashboard to the door sills and from the rear to the soft-top compartment.

In addition to its distinctive proportions, the exterior design of
the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé also features characteristically designed
side sections and rear. In addition, the four-door model has a
wheelbase that is 201 millimetres longer than that of the BMW 8 Series
Coupé at 3 023 millimetres.

Redesigned vehicle front, M sports package as standard.

The extensively modified design of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé, the
new BMW 8 Series Convertible and the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé lends
even more intense emphasis to the performance character and
extravagant presence of these luxury sports cars. All model variants
are now equipped with an M sports package as standard. As a result,
they have aerodynamically optimised body features finished in body
colour in the area of the front and rear apron as well as on the side
skirts. The large lower air intakes at the front are now structured by
horizontal struts. The diffuser insert in the rear apron is finished
in Dark Shadow metallic. The now even sportier appearance is rounded
off with 19-inch M light alloy wheels in double-spoke design and
fitted with mixed tyres. In addition, the standard equipment now
includes an M sports brake system with callipers finished in blue.

The three particularly powerful V8 models BMW M850i xDrive Coupé, BMW
M850i xDrive Convertible and BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupé likewise
continue to come off the production line with M specific design
features. In addition, they now feature aerodynamically optimised M
exterior mirrors for the first time – in a design that was originally
developed exclusively for the high-performance sports cars of the BMW
M8 series. Furthermore, the airflow is guided even more precisely by a
front spoiler attachment, and on the new BMW M850i xDrive Coupé also
by an M rear spoiler. In addition, the standard equipment of the three
top models in the range includes a particularly powerful version of
the M sports brake system, the M sports differential and 20-inch M
light alloy wheels in Y-spoke design with mixed tyres. These features
are also included in the optional M Sports Package Pro for the
6-cylinder models of the new BMW 8 Series.

In addition, like the new M Performance Package for the 8-cylinder
models, it includes the M High Gloss Shadow Line with extended
features, brake callipers in black, the M Shadow Line lights with dark
inserts – available for the first time – and a black M rear spoiler
for the BMW 8 Series Coupé.

To mark the 50th anniversary of BMW M GmbH, all models in the new BMW
8 Series are also offered with an option that indicates a special link
with traditional motor racing enthusiasm. As an option, all models of
the new BMW 8 Series have the classic “BMW Motorsport” logo on the
bonnet, tailgate and wheel hub covers instead of the usual BMW
emblems. With its staggered semicircles in blue, purple and red, the
anniversary emblem is reminiscent of the original BMW M GmbH trademark
that was first used on racing cars in 1973.

BMW kidney grille with illuminated surround, new exterior
paint finishes.

Adaptive LED headlights with variable light distribution, adaptive
cornering lights and the anti-dazzle high-beam assistant BMW Selective
Beam come as standard in these luxury sports cars. As an optional
extra, the BMW laser light is offered with a particularly long high
beam range. In addition, the BMW kidney grille between the headlights
now adds a striking accentuation to the front of all models in the new
BMW 8 Series. It comes as standard with the BMW “Iconic Glow”: the
waterfall lighting for the two kidney grille elements creates a
particularly extravagant expression when the new BMW 8 Series is
viewed from the front. The illumination is activated as soon as the
vehicle is opened and can be switched on or off manually by the driver.

In addition, the brand’s signature cooling air intake features
redesigned kidney bars with a distinctive U-profile. An M logo on the
BMW kidney grille of the BMW M850i xDrive Coupé, BMW M850i xDrive
Convertible and BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupé is a reference to
membership of the BMW M model family as well as to the performance of
the V8 engine installed behind the radiator grille.

There is a choice of four new exterior body finishes for the luxury
sports cars. Skyscraper Grey metallic, San Remo Green metallic, M
Portimao Blue metallic and BMW Individual Frozen Tanzanite Blue
metallic are additional variants that give individual emphasis to the
modern design style of the exterior.

Furthermore, additional versions of the optionally available M light
alloy wheels in 20-inch format are available for the new BMW 8 Series
models. Meanwhile, new 20-inch M Performance light alloy wheels are
likewise offered as part of the range of Original BMW Accessories for
the 8-cylinder models in the series.

Interior and equipment. Luxurious sports car ambience redefined.

In designing the interior of the BMW 8 Series models, a unique
balance was achieved between driver-oriented dynamic performance and
exclusive elegance. The overall ambience of the interior combines
driving pleasure, modern aesthetics and individual luxury. One
defining element of the interior design is its forward-facing lines.
This is further accentuated by the standard Ambient Light, which
stylishly illuminates the contours of the dashboard and door sills.

An M leather steering wheel with multifunction buttons and shift
paddles for manual gear selection of the 8-speed Steptronic Sport
transmission now comes as standard in all the new BMW 8 Series models.
In the BMW M850i xDrive Coupé, the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible and
the BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupé, the M leather steering wheel features
a model-specific centre spoke design along with decorative stitching
in the colours of BMW M GmbH. Rising towards the dashboard at the
front and clearly separating the driver and front passenger areas, the
wide console also helps create a strikingly sporty atmosphere.

In the BMW 8 Series Coupé – as in the BMW 8 Series Convertible –
there are two rear seats, each with the distinct character of a single
seat. The second row of the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé not only offers
particularly generous legroom: between the two outer seats with
pronounced contours and integrated headrests, it also offers a third
seat that can be used on short journeys and comprises a fully-fledged
seat belt system. This means that the four-door luxury sports car is
in fact designed as a 4+1 seater. Its standard equipment now also
includes 4-zone automatic air conditioning with separate temperature
and air volume control for the rear.

Multi-function seats and BMW Individual Merino leather
upholstery with extended features now standard in all model variants.

The M sports package – which is standard in all models of the new BMW
8 Series – also gives the interior an aura that is geared towards
focused driving pleasure. Other contributing factors in addition to
the M leather steering wheel are the anthracite-coloured M roof liner,
the M pedals in stainless steel, the M driver’s footrest and specific
floor mats. The illuminated door sill trims and the display in the
instrument cluster feature the BMW M Automobile model inscription
“M850i” and the M logo respectively. In conjunction with the M Sports
Package Pro for the 6-cylinder models and the M Performance Package
for the 8-cylinder models, the interior design is complemented with
black seat belts bearing accent stripes in the colours of BMW M GmbH.

In addition, the basic equipment of the 6-cylinder model variants has
been extended to include the multifunction seats previously only
standard in the BMW M 850i xDrive Coupé, the BMW M 850i xDrive
Convertible and the BMW M 850i xDrive Gran Coupé. The multifunction
seats offer not only excellent lateral support during dynamic
cornering but also a high level of long-distance comfort. Their range
of functions includes a lumbar support. The headrests are visually
integrated in the backrests and can be adjusted both in height and
depth as required. Adjustment of the seat position, backrest width and
thigh support is electrically operated. The memory function for the
driver’s and front passenger’s seats is also a standard feature.

The multifunction seats are combined with BMW Individual Merino
leather upholstery with extended features. The latter is available in
a variety of colours, including particularly stylish Bicolor versions.
The surfaces of the dashboard and door sills are also upholstered in
leather as standard.

The galvanised surfaces of the side air vent surrounds and the accent
strips in the area of the door openers are also harmoniously
coordinated, allowing the door openers to be particularly stylishly
integrated as closed clasps. Matching this, the controls for the
electrically operated window lifts, door lock and seat memory function
integrated in the door sills now also feature electroplated surfaces
in all models of the BMW 8 Series.

BMW Live Cockpit Professional now with a Control Display
enlarged to 12.3 inches.

The standard equipment of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé, the new BMW 8
Series Convertible and the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé includes the
BMW Live Cockpit Professional. Its fully digital display network
consists of a 12.3-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel
and a Control Display whose screen diagonal has now increased in size
from 10.25 to 12.3 inches. The touch function of the amply-sized
on-board monitor enables particularly fast, convenient and intuitive
operation of numerous vehicle functions.

The BMW Live Cockpit Professional includes the online-based
navigation system BMW Maps, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant,
the BMW Head-Up Display, wireless smartphone integration via wireless
LAN and a multimedia system. In addition, the standard equipment
including hi-fi speaker system, telephony with wireless charging, the
BMW Display Key and comfort access underscores both the luxurious and
progressive character of the new BMW 8 Series models.

The choice of standard and optional systems for automated driving and
parking is also extensive. The new BMW 8 Series features Driving
Assistant as standard, including front collision alert, lane change
warning and lane departure warning, as well as the traffic sign
recognition function Speed Limit Info with No Passing Indicator. The
Parking Assistant, which also comes as standard, includes a rear view
camera, Active PDC and reverse assistant. Another optional extra is
Driving Assistant Professional, whose range of functions also includes
Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function plus traffic light
recognition and automatic Speed Limit Assist, as well as steering and
lane guidance assistance.

BMW 840i Coupé:
Combined fuel consumption: 8.6
– 8.2 l/100 km according to WLTP,
combined CO2
emissions: 196 – 186 g/km according to WLTP.



BMW 840i xDrive Coupé:


Combined fuel consumption: 8.9 – 8.6 l/100 km according to
WLTP,
combined CO2 emissions: 204 – 195 g/km according
to WLTP.


BMW M850i xDrive Coupé:
Combined fuel
consumption: 10.8 – 10.5 l/100 km according to WLTP,
combined
CO2 emissions: 245 – 239 g/km according to WLTP.

BMW 840d xDrive Coupé:
Combined fuel
consumption: 6.9 – 6.5 l/100 km according to WLTP,
combined
CO2 emissions: 179 – 170 g/km according to WLTP.


BMW 840i Convertible:
Combined fuel
consumption: 8.8 – 8.4 l/100 km according to WLTP,
combined
CO2 emissions: 201 – 191 g/km according to WLTP.


BMW 840i xDrive Convertible:
Combined fuel
consumption: 9.2 – 8.8 l/100 km according to WLTP,
combined
CO2 emissions: 209 – 200 g/km according to WLTP.


BMW M850i xDrive Convertible:
Combined fuel
consumption: 11.0 – 10.7 l/100 km according to WLTP,
combined CO2 emissions: 249 – 243 g/km
according to WLTP.

BMW 840d xDrive Convertible:
Combined fuel
consumption: 7.0 – 6.7 l/100 km according to WLTP,
combined CO2 emissions: 183 – 175 g/km
according to WLTP.

BMW 840i Gran Coupé:
Combined fuel consumption:
8.9 – 8.4 l/100 km according to WLTP,
combined
CO2 emissions: 203 – 191 g/km according to WLTP.


BMW 840i xDrive Gran Coupé:
Combined fuel
consumption: 9.3 – 8.7 l/100 km according to WLTP,
combined CO2 emissions: 211 – 199 g/km
according to WLTP.


BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupé:
Combined fuel
consumption: 11.0 – 10.7 l/100 km according to WLTP,
combined
CO2 emissions: 251 – 243 g/km according to WLTP.

BMW 840d xDrive Gran Coupé:
Combined fuel
consumption: 7.1 – 6.7 l/100 km according to WLTP,
combined
CO2 emissions: 186 – 174 g/km according to WLTP.

Original Press Release

When sporting prowess meets exclusivity: the BMW X2 Edition GoldPlay.

BMW:When sporting prowess meets exclusivity: the BMW X2 Edition GoldPlay.


BMW X2 xDrive25e Edition GoldPlay (01/2022)

Munich. The highly distinctive design of the BMW X2
projects a sense of athleticism that accurately reflects the car’s
sporty driving properties. It also ensures the X2 cuts a visually
alluring figure and stands out from the crowd in the premium compact
segment. The Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) fuses individual lifestyle
attributes with modern functionality and the driving pleasure for
which BMW is renowned. Its powerfully expressive front end, the
flowing lines of its flanks and the BMW logo on each C-pillar
recalling classical BMW coupés from years past also bring visual
uniqueness to the BMW X model family. And from March 2022, the new BMW
X2 Edition GoldPlay will introduce a heightened sense of extrovert
appeal to urban areas and beyond. The new special edition underscores
the singular character of the BMW X2 and combines equipment
highlights, such as the extended M High-gloss Shadow Line, the “X2”
logo projection from the driver’s side mirror or the optionally
available Adaptive LED Headlights including a four-segment matrix
high-beam headlight function, turning lights and adaptive light
distribution, with exclusive exterior details and special interior
appointments that add an extra layer to an already richly engaging
driving experience.

The new BMW X2 Edition GoldPlay will be offered with all the drive
system variants available for the compact SAC. Among these are the
plug-in hybrid BMW X2 xDrive25e (fuel consumption, combined: 1.8 – 1.7
l/100 km [156.9 – 166.2 mpg imp]; electric power consumption,
combined: 15.2 – 14.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions, combined: 42 – 38
g/km based on the WLTP cycle) and super-sporting BMW X2 M35i (fuel
consumption, combined: 8.1 – 7.5 l/100 km [34.9 – 37.7 mpg imp]; CO2
emissions, combined: 185 – 170 g/km based on the WLTP cycle).

Stylish extravagance with accents in Galvanic
Gold
.
The new BMW X2 Edition GoldPlay
combines its exclusive exterior and interior appointments with the
design and equipment features found in X2 variants with M Sport
specification. M Sport suspension with a 10-millimetre lower ride
height and M Sport steering optimise the dynamic potential of the
compact SAC. Added to which, a large, three-section lower air intake
in the front apron, front and rear bumper panels with inserts in Dark
Shadow, wheel arch trim and lower door edging in body colour, M
High-gloss Shadow Line trim and the M Aerodynamics package give the
car a muscular appearance. The surrounds for the side windows, window
recess covers, B-pillar trim and embellisher surrounds on the
C-pillar, mirror cover panels and mirror frames (incl. mirror
triangle) are finished in High-gloss Black on the special-edition car,
as are the exhaust tailpipe finishers and border for the BMW logo on
the tailgate.

Adorning the front of the car is the M Mesh kidney grille in
High-gloss Black whose mesh structure is inspired by racing cars. The
styling extravagance that marks out this special-edition X2 is
headlined by the use of the exclusive colour shade Galvanic Gold for
the kidney grille surround and exterior mirror caps. Eye-catching
inserts in Galvanic Gold also adorn the 19-inch M aerodynamic wheels
of the special-edition car. 20-inch M aerodynamic wheels are available
as an option, and likewise come with Galvanic Gold inserts.

New exterior colours, striking foliation.
The exterior colour San Remo Green metallic is
reserved exclusively for the GoldPlay Edition. This is the first time
this colour shade has been available for the BMW X2. Customers can
also specify their cars in Alpine White non-metallic, M Misano Blue
metallic, Sapphire Black metallic, Skyscraper Grey metallic and the
BMW Individual paint finishes Storm Bay metallic, Frozen Black
metallic and Frozen Pure Grey metallic. The Galvanic Gold side
foliation on the doors and the front and rear side panels are another
exclusive addition.

On cars ordered with either of the two matt Frozen paint finishes,
both the foliation and the Galvanic Gold accents for the BMW kidney
grille and exterior mirror caps are deleted. The grille surround is
instead finished in Black and the mirror caps are painted in body
colour. This design variant can also be chosen with the other exterior
colour shades.

The interior: sporting ambience with innovative
details
.
M-specific equipment features
combine with innovative details to create a sporty and exclusive
ambience inside the BMW X2 Edition GoldPlay. The M leather steering
wheel with multifunction buttons, anthracite-coloured headliner, M
stainless steel pedals, M driver’s footrest and car key with
distinctive M identifier underscore the sporting instincts of the
special edition. Judiciously placed accents create a stylistic
connection with the exterior design. These include door sill strips
which have a surface structure derived from the BMW kidney grille’s
mesh design and bear “Edition” lettering in Galvanic Gold. Around the
instrument panel on the front passenger side of the cabin, the Dark
Graphite matt trim strips – likewise a bespoke design for the GoldPlay
Edition – display a graphic referencing the exterior foliation. For
the first time, a laser engraving technique is used, which applies the
graphic in the colour Golden Mica metallic on the surface of the strip
and seals it with clear varnish.

Another highlight of the bespoke interior appointments for the
special-edition model are the M sport seats with particularly
prominent side bolsters and integral head restraints for the driver
and front passenger. These are trimmed in an exclusive Dakota leather
trim variant. The black leather surfaces of the driver’s seat and
front passenger seat are perforated through the centre section of the
backrests. Contrast stitching and piping in Giallo Oro – a golden
yellow colour shade – add a distinctive flourish. Plus, the M sport
seats also feature a High-gloss Black border for the cut-out below the
head restraints and a BMW M GmbH logo flag label on the backrest piping.

The special-edition model also comes with gold-coloured contrast
stitching for the instrument panel, centre console, and outer and
centre armrests of the front seats. The edge binding for the
anthracite-coloured floor mats is likewise in Giallo Oro. The
exception here is the BMW X2 xDrive25e, which features
anthracite-coloured floor mats with grey piping in both its standard
and special-edition form.

Wide range of drive options, extensive standard equipment.
In addition to the plug-in hybrid model and
ultra-sporty BMW X2 M35i – which employs a 225 kW/306 hp four-cylinder
engine with TwinPower Turbo technology, an eight-speed Steptronic
Sport transmission, a mechanical M Sport differential at the front
axle and the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system to deliver
standout performance – customers can choose from another eight further
drive variants for the new special edition to choose from. The range
of products ranges from the BMW X2 sDrive18i (combined fuel
consumption: 7.1 – 6.1 l/100 km [39.8 – 46.3 mpg imp]; combined CO2
emissions: 161 – 138 g/km based on the WLTP cycle) with 100 kW/136 hp
to the 170 kW/231 hp BMW X2 xDrive25d (combined fuel consumption: 6.3
– 5.7 l/100 km [44.8 – 49.6 mpg imp]; Combined CO2 emissions: 165 –
148 g/km based on the WLTP cycle) and includes two petrol and three
diesel engines. Depending on the drive variant, they deliver their
power to a 6-speed manual transmission, a 7-speed Steptronic
transmission with double clutch or an 8-speed Steptronic transmission.
With the exception of the entry-level version, the all-wheel drive
system BMW xDrive is optionally available for all models, which is
standard on the BMW X2 xDrive25d.

The specific design and equipment features of the BMW X2 Edition
GoldPlay enhance the premium character of the compact SAC to visually
stunning effect. Its extensive standard equipment comprises items such
as LED headlights with integral bad weather light, automatic tailgate
operation, two-zone automatic climate control and a lighting package
(including outside door handle light, ground lighting, exterior mirror
lighting and door entry light, plus an “X2” logo projection from the
driver’s side exterior mirror). Comfort, safety and driving pleasure
are further boosted by Cruise Control with brake function, Park
Distance Control with sensors at the rear of the car, Collision
Warning with city braking function, Speed Limit Display with
no-overtaking indicator, the iDrive control system optionally with
freestanding 10.25-inch touchscreen display and the optionally
available full-colour BMW Head-Up Display.

BMW  X2 sDrive18d:
Fuel consumption,
combined: 5.8 – 4.9 l/100 km [ 50.4 – 57.6 mpg imp] ]; CO2-emissions
combined: 152 – 129 g/km based on the WLTP cycle.

BMW X2 xDrive18d:
Fuel consumption,
combined: 6.1 – 5.4 l/100 km [ 46.3 – 52.3 mpg imp] ]; CO2-emissions
combined: 160 – 142 g/km based on the WLTP cycle.

BMW X2 sDrive20d:
Fuel consumption,
combined: 5.8 – 5.2 l/100 km [ 48.7 – 54.3 mpg imp] ]; CO2-emissions
combined: 153 – 136 g/km based on the WLTP cycle.

BMW X2 xDrive20d:
Fuel consumption,
combined: 6.3 – 5.4 l/100 km [ 44.8 – 52.3 mpg imp] ]; CO2-emissions
combined: 164 – 141 g/km based on the WLTP cycle.

BMW X2 xDrive25d:
Fuel consumption,
combined: 6.3 – 5.7 l/100 km [ 44.8 – 49.6 mpg imp] ]; CO2-emissions
combined: 165 – 148 g/km based on the WLTP cycle.

BMW X2 sDrive18i:
Fuel consumption,
combined: 7.1 – 6.1 l/100 km [ 39.8 – 46.3 mpg imp] ]; CO2-emissions
combined: 161 – 138 g/km based on the WLTP cycle.

BMW X2 sDrive20i:
Fuel consumption,
combined: 7.2-6.4 l/100km [ 39.2 – 44.1 mpg imp] ]; CO2-emissions
combined: 164-145 g/km based on the WLTP cycle.

BMW X2 xDrive20i:
Fuel consumption,
combined: 7.6-6.8 l/100km [ 37.2 – 41.6mpg imp] ]; CO2-emissions
combined: 174-156 g/km based on the WLTP cycle.

BMW X2 xDrive25e:
Fuel consumption,
combined: 1.8 – 1.7 l/100 km [156.9 – 166.2 mpg imp] electric power
consumption, combined: 15.2 – 14.9 kWh/100 km based on the WLTP cycle;
CO2-emissions combined: 42 – 38 g/km based on the WLTP cycle.

BMW X2 M35i:
Fuel consumption,
combined: 8.1 – 7.5 l/100 km [34.9 – 37.7 mpg imp]; CO2-emissions
combined: 185 – 170 g/km based on the WLTP cycle.

Original Press Release

Recharged and electrifying: the classic Mini launches into the future.

BMW:Recharged and electrifying: the classic Mini launches into the future.

Munich. If Alec Issigonis could design the classic
Mini again today, the iconic small car would have an electric motor.
After all, the original launched in 1959 was created during an oil
crisis and based on the idea of saving fuel and transporting four
occupants and their luggage in the smallest possible footprint. To
this day, MINI remains linked to the principles of designer Issigonis
with its creative use of space and driving fun. The MINI Recharged
project is an opportunity to continue telling the story of the classic
Mini in the 21st century, in a sustainable way.

The conversion of classic Minis to an electric drive combines
traditional values with future-oriented technology. The idea was born
even before the British premium manufacturer had a fully electric car
on offer with the MINI Cooper SE (electricity consumption
combined:17.6 – 15.2 kWh/100 km according to WLTP; CO2 emissions
combined: 0 g/km.). As a one-off, a classic Mini Electric was built in
2018 and presented at the New York Auto Show. The reactions were so
positive that a dedicated team from MINI Plant Oxford set to work and
developed the plan to make a corresponding offer available to
customers who own a classic Mini.

To experience traditional go-kart handling with an emission-free
drivetrain, the original petrol engine of the classic Mini is replaced
by a modern electric drive. Only reversible changes are made to the
substance of the vehicle during the conversion as part of MINI
Recharged. Careful handling of the historical heritage is an important
part of the concept. This makes it possible to restore the classic
Mini to its original condition at a later date. During the conversion,
the original engine of each vehicle is marked and stored so it can be
reused in the event of a future retrofit of the classic Mini.

“What the project team are developing preserves the character of
the classic Mini and enables its fans to enjoy all-electric
performance. With MINI Recharged, we are connecting the past with the
future of the brand,” says Bernd Körber, Head of the MINI Brand.

The MINI Recharged project means a vehicle’s life can be extended in
a sustainable way. A classic Mini can now be given a new lease of
life, accompanying its owner into the future, whilst maintaining its
much-loved heritage. The drive is a modern electric motor that
generates a continuous output of up to 90 kW and accelerates the
electrified classic Mini from zero to 100 km/h in approximately nine
seconds. The energy is supplied by a high-voltage battery, which can
be charged with an output of up to 6.6 kW and enables a predicted
range of around 160 kilometers. In addition, every electrified classic
Mini from MINI Recharged receives the characteristic central
instrument cluster, familiar since the early days of the classic,
which now displays the drive temperature, the selected gear, range and speed.

MINI Recharged fans gain a whole new driving experience; a silent
drivetrain with instant acceleration and the ability to enter the
electric or low-emission driving zones of many large cities, otherwise
inaccessible with a combustion engine. For example, the electric
classic Mini can drive in Oxford Street or Piccadilly Circus in
London, and once again be part of the cityscape, without the driver
having to pay an environmental tax (congestion charge) beforehand. In
addition, the electric classic conversion does not need a new registration.

MINI Recharged fits seamlessly into the brand’s future strategy,
which also includes the aspect of circular economy. For this project,
no new vehicles are being produced, instead they are being created
from much-loved, existing cars. It allows a classic Mini to begin a
second, more sustainable life. Today, one in five new MINI models has
an electrified drive and now the MINI Recharged project will allow the
love of the brand’s classic vehicles to become an experience combining
the past and the future.

The bespoke upcycling of the classic Mini is carried out exclusively
in the United Kingdom. Each converted vehicle is given an individual
number, making it unique. “Individuality also plays an important
role with MINI Recharged,” says Sebastian Beuchel, Head of MINI
Global Brand Management. “Unique classic Mini models have always
been created, including true works of art on wheels. That’s why future
collaborations are also planned as part of the MINI Recharged
programme, allowing well-known artists to express their creativity
with specially designed classic Mini models.”

In case of queries, please contact:

Corporate Communications

Julian Kisch, Press Spokesperson Product Communications MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-38072
E-mail: julian.kisch@mini.com

Andreas Lampka, Head of Communications MINI
Tel.: +49-89-382-23662
E-mail: andreas.lampka@mini.com

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW Motorrad
Tel.: +49-89-382-35108
E-mail: jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

 

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the
BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles
and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility
services. The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production
and assembly facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global
sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2021, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles
and more than 194,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax
in the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting
to € 98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction,
from the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase
of all products.

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In 2021 BMW Motorrad achieves the best sales result in its history with an increase of 14.8 percent.

BMW:In 2021 BMW Motorrad achieves the best sales result in its history with an increase of 14.8 percent.

Munich. BMW Motorrad finished the year with a record
sales result despite major challenges. With 194,261 units (+14.8%),
2021 was the best year since BMW Motorrad was founded (previous year: 169,272).

Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: “The fact that we
still managed to finish 2021 with this fantastic result for BMW
Motorrad not only makes me happy, but also incredibly proud. It’s
precisely in times of crisis where you can see how well a team sticks
together. This year, I would therefore like to express my special
thanks to all employees as well as to the BMW Motorrad business
partners, who made this success possible thanks to their personal
commitment and flexibility. My sincere thanks also goes to our
customers for their loyalty, trust and support.”

Strong sales growth in Europe and Asia.

Europe showed strong sales growth in 2021. Italy (16,034 units /
+15.2 %), Spain (12,616 units / +14.4 %) and France (19,887 units /
+13.4 %) were the most important growth drivers and able to
continuously increase their sales figures. In total, 9,100 more
vehicles were delivered in Europe, including Germany, than in the
previous year. The Asian market is also continuing to expand. China
(14,309 units / +21.4%) is also one of the strongest growth and volume
markets in Asia with double-digit growth. India continues to develop
strongly, posting an absolute top result with a growth of 102.5% and a
remarkable 5,191 units.

Stable sales in Germany at a slight minus.

Germany remains by far the largest single market for BMW Motorrad.
With 25,972 units sold, BMW Motorrad will again defend its position as
the most successful motorcycle manufacturer in the German market in 2021. 

Encouraging developments in the USA and Brazil.

The market in the USA also developed very positively for BMW Motorrad
in 2021. With 16,030 motorcycles and scooters sold (previous year:
12,135 units), BMW Motorrad achieved an impressive +32.1% growth in
the USA. Sales in Brazil are not growing quite as fast, but they are
increasing steadily. With 11,150 vehicles sold (previous year: 10.707
units) and a growth of +4.1%, the South American market is among the
top 7 BMW Motorrad markets in 2021.

Brexit has no noticeable impact on motorcycle sales.

Fortunately, the UK’s exit from the EU had no significant impact on
the fun of riding on two wheels. With an increase of 26.6% and sales
of 9,263 units in Great Britain/Ireland (previous year 7,315 units),
the British market is proving to be stronger than ever before.

Boxer models remain the driving force.

A total of over 60,000 units of the two touring enduros R 1250 GS and
GS Adventure alone, were delivered to customers in 2021. Sales of the
traditionally strong R Series increased significantly overall. Thanks
to the new top-of-the-line R 1250 RT tourer and the four emotional BMW
cruisers from the R18 model family, sales figures in the flat-twin
boxer segment once again grew strongly, accounting for around half of
the total 194,261 vehicles sold.

First M motorcycle sets sporty and technological standards.

The BMW M 1000 RR was the first true M motorcycle from BMW Motorrad
to enter the market in 2021. With 1,070 units sold and numerous
sporting successes on the racetracks of this world, this powerful
sports motorbike once again underlines the high innovative strength
and passion of BMW Motorrad. A clear commitment to the sporty
four-cylinder is demonstrated not only by the S 1000 RR and S 1000 XR,
but also by the S 1000 R, which was launched in 2021 and which
achieved an excellent result with 4,796 units sold following its
comprehensive update.

Looking ahead at 2022.

Markus Schramm, Head of BMW Motorrad: “I look forward to 2022
with great confidence as we start the year with what is sure to be the
strongest product offering ever. Our four cruiser models from the BMW
R 18 model family are entering their first full year of sales
together. In addition, in the first few months of 2022 alone, the
market launches of the all-electric BMW CE 04 and our four superior
6-cylinder models K 1600 GT/GTL/B and Grand America, which have been
further improved in all respects, are absolute highlights in our range
and will generate a further sales drive in the first half of the year.
We also have a lot planned for the second half of 2022, so our
customers and fans are in store for a number of surprises.” 

You will find further press material on BMW motorcycles and BMW
Motorrad rider equipment in the BMW Group PressClub atwww.press.bmwgroup.com.

In case of queries please contact:

Gerhard Lindner, BMW Motorrad Communication
Telephone:
+49-151-601-53472, gerhard.la.lindner@bmw.de

Tim Diehl-Thiele, Head of Communication BMW Motorrad
Tel.:
+49-151-601-57505, tim.diehl-thiele@bmw.de

Jennifer Treiber-Ruckenbrod, Head of Communications MINI and BMW
Motorrad
Tel.: +49-151-601-35108, jennifer.ruckenbrod@bmwgroup.com

Internet: www.press.bmw.de
E-mail: presse@bmw.de

The BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW
Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and
motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services.
The BMW Group production network comprises 31 production and assembly
facilities in 15 countries; the company has a global sales network in
more than 140 countries.

In 2021, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles
and more than 194,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in
the financial year 2020 was € 5.222 billion on revenues amounting to €
98.990 billion. As of 31 December 2020, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 120,726 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company set the course for the
future at an early stage and consistently makes sustainability and
efficient resource management central to its strategic direction, from
the supply chain through production to the end of the use phase of all products.

www.bmwgroup.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BMWGroup

Twitter: http://twitter.com/BMWGroup

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/BMWGroupView

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bmwgroup

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bmw-group/

Original Press Release

Management change at BMW Group Plant Eisenach

BMW:Management change at BMW Group Plant Eisenach

Eisenach. On 1 March Robert Frittrang will take over
as the new Director of BMW Group Plant Eisenach. Currently head of
Production Control, Systems Engineering, Maintenance, Production
Improvement at Plant Munich, he will succeed  Alexander Eras as
Managing Director of the BMW Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH facility. Alexander
Eras, Director of the plant since July 2018, will take over as Head of
Painted Bodies at BMW Group Plant Leipzig. In his role as Director in
Eisenach, Alexander Eras oversaw the largest plant expansion since its
establishment, in 1992. Over the years, the BMW Group has invested
€200 million in the site.

BMW Group Plant Eisenach produces large press tools and body panels,
most notably for high-quality, small-scale production runs. BMW
Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH is a partner of all BMW Group vehicle plants. Its
latest-generation laser cutting technology gives the side walls, roof
panels and bonnets of every BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce their
characteristic form.

Familiar with the skill and precision at Plant Eisenach from various
previous roles, Robert Frittrang is perfectly equipped for his new
position as Plant Director. “It will be a pleasure and an honour to
manage this plant. Its innovative, efficient to tool-making operations
give it a very special place in the BMW Group’s global production
network,” he commented. With a wealth of expertise in process and
structure planning, Robert Frittrang looks forward to supporting the
future development of Plant Eisenach and further strengthening its
role as the BMW Group’s foremost tool-making facility.

Robert Frittrang holds a Master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
Since joining the BMW Group in 1995, he has held several roles in
various plants, including three years as Director of BMW Group Plant
Chennai, in southern India.

Plant Eisenach is also of particular historical importance to the BMW
Group. Purchased by BMW in 1928, it became the company’s gateway to
car manufacturing and produced all of its BMW vehicles until after
World War II. Later, the inauguration of BMW Group Plant Eisenach, in
1992, marked a home-coming for the company. This year BMW Group Plant
Eisenach, which currently employs more than 300 people, will celebrate
its 30th anniversary.

Original Press Release

BMW M Motorsport is approaching the 2022 season with a strong set of drivers.

BMW:BMW M Motorsport is approaching the 2022 season with a strong set of drivers.

Munich. BMW M Motorsport is counting on continuity in the
driver line-up for the 2022 season. In the coming months, 19 BMW M
works drivers will be competing around the world in the new BMW M4
GT3 for a range of BMW M Motorsport teams, and will also play a key
role in the testing phase for the new BMW M LMDh. All 19 drivers are
already familiar faces from previous years in the BMW M Motorsport
family. Their experience and class are particularly crucial for the
many new challenges that BMW M Motorsport is facing.

 

“2022 is a year of numerous new challenges for BMW M Motorsport – so
it was all the more important for us to count on experience, class and
continuity when selecting the BMW M works drivers,” said Franciscus
van Meel, CEO of BMW M GmbH. “In the season ahead, the new BMW M4 GT3
will go up against top-quality opposition in the world’s greatest GT
races for the first time. Development and testing of our BMW M LMDh is
proceeding apace, with the aim of battling for overall wins at the
major classic races in the IMSA series from 2023. For this important
project, we need drivers who really know BMW M Motorsport, the cars,
the engineers, the race series and circuits, and who can concentrate
fully on regularly squeezing the best possible performance from the
overall package. We are convinced that we are ready for the 2022
season with our line-up.”

Details about the driver allocations for the relevant BMW M
Motorsport teams and race series will be announced at a later date.

The BMW M Motorsport driver line-up no longer includes Martin Tomczyk
and Maximilian Günther (both GER). Tomczyk has called time on his
racing career and is pursuing new professional challenges, while
Günther is competing for Nissan in the ABB FIA Formula E World
Championship. BMW M Motorsport would like to thank both drivers for
the time spent together.

The BMW M Motorsport works drivers 2022 in alphabetical order:

Nick Catsburg (NED)

Date of
birth

15
February 1988

Place of
birth

Amersfoort (NED)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2011

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Nürburgring 2020,
Intercontinental GT Champion 2020, victory at 24h
Spa-Francorchamps 2015

Jake Dennis (GBR)

Date of
birth

16
June 1995

Place of
birth

Nuneaton (GBR)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2021

Major
successes

3rd place in Formula E drivers’ championship
2021, 2nd place at Bathurst 12 Hour 2019

Connor De Phillippi (USA)

Date of
birth

25
December 1992

Place of
birth

San
Clemente (USA)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2018

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Daytona 2019, victory at 24h
Nürburgring 2017, ADAC GT Masters Champion 2016

Stef Dusseldorp (NED)

Date of
birth

27
September 1989

Place of
birth

Winterswijk (NED)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2016

Major
successes

6th place 24h Nürburgring 2021,
5th place 24h Nürburgring 2019, 3rd 
place FIA GT1 World Championship 2012

John Edwards (USA)

Date of
birth

11
March 1991

Place of
birth

Louisville (USA)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2013

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Daytona 2020, GTLM drivers’
title in IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup 2020

Philipp Eng (AUT)

Date of
birth

28
February 1990

Place of
birth

Salzburg (AUT)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2016

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Daytona 2019, victory at 24h
Spa-Francorchamps 2016 & 2018

Augusto Farfus (BRA)

Date of
birth

03
September 1983

Place of
birth

Curitiba (BRA)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2007

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Daytona 2019 & 2020,
Intercontinental GT Champion 2020, victory at FIA GT World Cup
Macau 2018, victory at 24h Nürburgring 2010

Timo Glock (GER)

Date of
birth

18
March 1982

Place of
birth

Lindenfels (GER)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2013

Major
successes

GP2 Champion 2007, 5 DTM wins, 3 Formula 1 podiums

Daniel Harper (GBR) – BMW Junior Team

Date of
birth

08
December 2000

Place of
birth

Hillsborough (GBR)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2020

Major
successes

1
GT4 class win at 24h Nürburgring, 2 overall wins in
Nürburgring Endurance Series

Max Hesse (GER)
– BMW Junior Team

Date of
birth

23
July 2001

Place of
birth

Wernau (GER)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2020

Major
successes

1
GT4 class win at 24h Nürburgring, 2 overall wins in
Nürburgring Endurance Series

Erik Johansson (SWE)

Date of
birth

16
October 1996

Place of
birth

Växjö (SWE)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2019

Major
successes

2nd place in Italian GT Championship 2019, 1
win in ADAC GT Masters

Jens Klingmann (GER)

Date of
birth

16
July 1990

Place of
birth

Heidelberg (GER)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2014

Major
successes

Champion Formel BMW Deutschland 2007, 3rd
place at 24h Nürburgring 2020

Jesse Krohn (FIN)

Date of
birth

03
September 1990

Place of
birth

Nurmijärvi (FIN)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2014

Major
successes

GT Champion in Asian Le Mans Series 2017/18,
victory at 24h Daytona 2020, GTLM drivers’ title in IMSA
Michelin Endurance Cup 2020

Alexander Sims (GBR)

Date of
birth

15
March 1988

Place of
birth

London (GBR)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2014

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Nürburgring 2020, victory at
Petit Le Mans 2017, victory at 24h Spa-Francorchamps 2016

Bruno Spengler (CAN)

Date of
birth

23
August 1983

Place of
birth

Schiltigheim (FRA)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2012

Major
successes

DTM Champion 2012, 2nd place at 24h Daytona
2015, 2nd place at 12h Sebring 2016, victory at 6h Road
Atlanta 2020

Sheldon van der Linde (RSA)

Date of
birth

13
May 1999

Place of
birth

Johannesburg (RSA)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2019

Major
successes

Victory at 9h Kyalami 2020, 3rd place at 24h
Nürburgring 2020, 2nd place at 24h Nürburgring 2021

Neil Verhagen (USA) – BMW Junior Team

Date of
birth

18
February 2001

Place of
birth

Ridgefield (USA)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2020

Major
successes

1
GT4 class win at 24h Nürburgring, 2 overall wins in
Nürburgring Endurance Series

Marco Wittmann (GER)

Date of
birth

24
November 1989

Place of
birth

Fürth (GER)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2012

Major
successes

DTM Champion 2014 & 2016, 2nd place at 24h
Nürburgring 2021, 3rd place at 24h Daytona 2021

Nick Yelloly (GBR)

Date of
birth

03
December 1990

Place of
birth

Stafford (GBR)

BMW M Motorsport
driver since

2019

Major
successes

Victory at 24h Nürburgring 2020, 2nd place at
8h Indianapolis 2020

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