BMW and Kith partner for exclusive special-edition version of the new BMW M4 Competition Coupé.

BMW:BMW and Kith partner for exclusive special-edition version of the new BMW M4 Competition Coupé.

Munich. Just a few weeks on from its world premiere,
BMW M introduces a very special edition model of the new BMW M4
Competition Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 10.2 l/100 km [27.7 mpg
imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 234 g/km). Created in
collaboration with New York lifestyle brand Kith, the BMW M4
Competition x KITH is limited to just 150 units and features unique
exterior and interior design details. BMW M GmbH has picked up the
vibe from the youthful and influential fashion scene and replicated
its partnership with contemporary artist FUTURA 2000 by breaking into
an expanding market. For Kith founder and BMW enthusiast Ronnie Fieg,
the collaboration brings an emotional journey full circle. The BMW M4
Competition x KITH can be pre-ordered from 23 October. At the same
time, Kith will be offering a 96‑piece collection of exclusively
designed apparel and accessories in all its stores and online.

“Keeping a close eye on the latest streetstyle developments is part
of our approach to evolving the BMW brand,” explains Jens Thiemer,
Senior Vice President Customer and Brand BMW. “With his ideas and Kith
label, Ronnie Fieg is one of the outstanding minds and opinion leaders
in the worlds of fashion, lifestyle and luxury. Our collaboration with
Ronnie and his influential brand will be a positive force for BMW as
we explore new customer groups.”

“This is not the first time BMW M GmbH has released a limited edition
of one of our cars as part of an exclusive collaboration,” adds Markus
Flasch, CEO BMW M GmbH. “The tie-up with Ronnie Fieg and Kith is a
great opportunity for BMW M GmbH to bridge the gap between the
original BMW M3 and our new BMW M4 Competition Coupé from the sixth
generation of this iconic model range. It also allows us to spread the
word to an exciting new target group. The streetwear scene is
transforming from a cultural phenomenon to a global life attitude, and
is bringing a new and very distinct brand of exclusivity to many
different areas.”

“Everything we work on at Kith has to come from an authentic place,”
says Kith founder Ronnie Fieg. “Some of my favourite memories from
growing up are going to visit my grandfather and riding around in his
BMWs in the 1980s. I remember he had an E21 320i and that his prized
possession was an E30 M3. These moments in my life really shaped my
passion for BMW, so working on this project with them has brought
everything full circle.”

Fieg recently acquired his own example of the legendary BMW E30 M3.
And BMW M GmbH lined up this consummately prepared first-generation M3
for the official presentation of the collaboration at the Kith pop‑up
store in Brooklyn on 23 October. Alongside it was the unique new
representative of the latest, sixth-generation version of the
high-performance model. Like Fieg’s car, the BMW M4 Design Study by
KITH is painted in the Cinnabar Red shade originally used for the E30
M3. This paint finish is no longer available for the regular BMW
range, but was selected here specially for the BMW M4 Design Study by
KITH to emphasise the connection between the two cars. The
M4 Competition badge on the model’s boot lid has been replaced by a
black Kith logo with BMW M stripes in the same style. This logo also
appears in illuminated form below the head restraints in the M Carbon
bucket seats, and Kith lettering is embossed into the black leather of
the head restraints and centre console.

The leather with embossed lettering selected for this very individual
model was also used for the seat covers in Fieg’s BMW E30 M3. Here,
the Kith logo with BMW M stripes has silver lettering, while a special
version of the period BMW logo adorns the bonnet, boot lid and
steering wheel, with “Kith” replacing “BMW”.

Merging logos is a hallmark of the many partnerships Kith has forged
with other globally renowned companies. But this is the first time BMW
has altered its badge for a collaboration partner. The fusion logo
created for the 150 units of the BMW M4 Competition x KITH adds an
extra ring around the BMW roundel in the BMW M colours light blue,
dark blue and red. Plus, there are details in bright lettering
focusing on Kith and the collaboration. The rear of the BMW M4
Competition x KITH also has the black Kith logo with BMW M stripes.
The special-edition models are available exclusively with the matte
paint finishes Frozen Black, Frozen Dark Silver and Frozen Brilliant
White in homage to the three most popular colours for the BMW E30 M3
back in the day.

One of the main highlights of the special-edition models is the Kith
carbon-fibre roof design. For this optional extra, grey Kith lettering
with BMW M stripes is woven into the roof surface. M Compound brakes
with red callipers bearing the M logo come as standard. These are
clearly visible through the double spokes of the M forged wheels 826M
bi-colour / Jet Black, high-gloss (front: 19-inch, rear: 20-inch).

Inside the BMW M4 Competition x KITH the tri-colour M Carbon bucket
seats feature the BMW M colours light blue and red which add striking
flourishes to the Merino full-leather trim in Black. As in Ronnie
Fieg’s BMW E30 M3, Kith lettering is embossed into the black leather
of the front and rear head restraints and centre armrest of the BMW M4
Competition x KITH. The centre console features an exclusive badge
with the Kith logo and BMW M stripes. The illuminated M badge below
the front head restraints also has Kith lettering.

The special-edition model has the same technical profile as the BMW
M4 Competition Coupé. The new six-cylinder in-line engine is cut from
the high-revving BMW M GmbH mould and uses the latest version of
M TwinPower Turbo technology to produce 375 kW (510 hp), while torque
peaks at 650 Nm (479 lb-ft). The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission
Drivelogic is fitted as standard. The sprint from 0 – 100 km/h (62
mph) takes just 3.9 seconds, while 200 km/h (124 mph) is reached in
12.5 seconds. As well as classical rear-wheel drive, the BMW M4
Competition x KITH can – like the BMW M4 Competition Coupé – be
specified as an option with M xDrive all-wheel drive.

In addition to the standard equipment of the BMW M4 Competition Coupé
and the bespoke Kith collaboration features, the special-edition model
can also be ordered with a selection of other extras. Like the M
Compound brakes, M forged wheels and M Carbon bucket seats, the M
Carbon exterior package, BMW Laserlight and BMW Individual lights
Shadowline are standard. Plus, the cabin features Carbon Fibre
interior trim strips and controls with electroplated applications.
Deliveries of the limited-edition BMW M4 Competition x KITH will begin
in summer 2021.

BMW M4 Competition Coupé fuel consumption combined:
10.2 l/100 km [27.7 mpg imp]; CO 2 emissions combined: 234 g/km.

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The new BMW R 18 Classic and the new BMW R 18.

BMW:The new BMW R 18 Classic and the new BMW R 18.

The new BMW R 18 Classic and the new BMW R 18: nostalgic touring and
supreme cruising with historic roots.

Following the premiere of the new BMW R 18, BMW Motorrad now presents
the second member of its new model series for the cruiser segment: the
R 18 Classic. The new BMW R 18 Classic is a nostalgic touring bike
that echoes the beginnings of the great touring cruiser models. While
the R 18 is very purist in style, the R 18 Classic features a large
windscreen, passenger seat, saddle bags, additional LED headlights and
16-inch front wheel.

The new BMW R 18 Classic and the BMW R 18 stand firmly in the
tradition of historic BMW motorcycles. They borrow from famous models
such as the BMW R 5 both technologically and visually, shifting the
focus back onto the motorcycle essentials: purist, no-frills
technology and the boxer engine as the epicentre of riding pleasure,
combined with “good vibrations”. What is more, classic design is
merged in the R 18 Classic and R 18 with clear-cut yet contemporary
technology to create a fascinating overall concept – offering a riding
experience that is as cultivated as it is emotional.

The most powerful BMW boxer engine of all time with full torque.

The centrepiece of the new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18 is a completely
newly developed two-cylinder boxer engine – the “Big Boxer”. Both its
impressive appearance and its technology reflect a continuation of the
traditional air-cooled boxer engines that have offered an inspiring
riding experience for more than seven decades, ever since BMW Motorrad
began production in 1923. The most powerful two-cylinder boxer engine
ever used in motorcycle series production has a displacement of 1 802
cc. The peak output is 67 kW (91 hp) at 4 750 rpm. From 2,000 to 4,000
rpm, over 150 Nm of torque is available at all times, and this
elemental pulling power is combined with a full, sonorous sound.

Double-loop steel tube frame and rear swinging arm with enclosed
axle drive in rigid-frame look.

The centrepiece of the suspension in the new R 18 Classic is a
double-loop steel tube frame. Its design perpetuates the longstanding
BMW Motorrad tradition of this frame type. Outstanding manufacturing
quality and a meticulous attention to detail is also evident in barely
perceptible features such as the welded joints between the steel tubes
and the cast or forged parts. Like the legendary BMW R 5, the rear
swinging arm – sporting a comparable design – surrounds the rear axle
transmission in authentic style by means of bolted connections.

Telescopic fork with fork sleeves, cantilever suspension strut,
wire-spoked wheels and disc brakes.

The suspension elements of the new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18
deliberately dispense with electronic adjustment options. Instead, a
telescopic fork and a directly mounted central suspension strut with
travel-dependent damping and adjustable spring preload ensure superior
wheel control and attractive suspension comfort. As in the legendary
BMW R 5, the tubes of the telescopic fork are encased in fork sleeves.
The fork tube diameter is 49 mm, while the suspension travel is 120 mm
at the front and 90 mm at the rear. The new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18
are decelerated by a twin disc brake at the front and a single disc
brake at the rear in conjunction with four-piston fixed calipers.
Meanwhile the wire-spoked wheels ensure a supremely stylish appearance.

Harmonious ergonomics for optimum vehicle control.

In keeping with the BMW Motorrad philosophy, the new BMW R 18 Classic
and R 18 feature a laid-back positioning of the footrests – so-called
“mid-mounted footpegs”. This classic position behind the cylinders is
not only typical of BMW, it also enables a relaxed and active riding
position for optimum vehicle control.

Three riding modes along with ASC and MSR for a high degree of
riding pleasure and safety as standard. Reverse assist and Hillstart
Control as ex works options

The new R 18 Classic and R 18 also offer the three standard riding
modes “Rain”, “Roll” and “Rock” – unusual in this segment – so as to
be able to adapt to individual rider preferences. The standard trim
also includes ASC (Automatic Stability Control, disengageable), which
ensures a high level of riding safety. In addition, the new R 18
Classic and R 18 are equipped as standard with engine drag torque
control (MSR). Among other options, a reverse assist makes manoeuvring
convenient, while the Hill Start Control function facilitates uphill starts.

The new R 18 Classic and R 18: iconic style newly showcased,
featuring a rigid-frame look, modern technology and authentic materials.

The R 18 Classic and R 18 masterfully transpose the iconic style of
bygone times to the present day, retaining a purist design in numerous
details that is mainly influenced by classics such as the BMW R 5. It
is no coincidence that functional and stylistic elements such as the
double-loop frame, the pear-drop tank, the open-running universal
shaft and the double-lined paintwork (ex works option) are reminiscent
of the legendary boxer dating back to 1936. The classic bodywork
features of the R 18 Classic and R 18 are also made of metal – as
befits an authentic classic. The suspension is likewise aptly
reminiscent of the legendary R 5. Together with the double-sided
swinging arm and a cantilever suspension strut, the rigid-frame
concept of the R 5 is perfectly transported into the modern age in
visual terms.

The R 18 Classic First Edition and R 18 First Edition:

exclusive look in paint and chrome.

The new R 18 will be offered worldwide as an exclusive R 18 Classic
First Edition and R 18 First Edition right from launch, with a
standard model reserved additionally for certain markets. It combines
the R 18 look with exclusive equipment features in a classic black
finish with white double-lined paintwork. Other highlights include
numerous chrome surfaces, a seat badge and a “First Edition” chrome
clasp on the side covers.

Conversion-friendly architecture as a prerequisite for
straightforward customising and optimum individualisation.

More so than virtually any other motorcycle, the new R 18 Classic and
R 18 offer a highly conversion-friendly architecture – a focus even in
the early design phases of the basic vehicle layout. As a result it is
fitted with an easily removable rear frame and a simple-to-dismantle
painted part set. Carefully conceived interface points for the
hydraulic lines of the brake, clutch and cable harness likewise allow
entirely problem-free installation of higher or lower handlebars in
conjunction with matching hydraulic lines and cable harnesses. In
addition, the visible valve covers (cylinder head covers) and the belt
cover (engine housing cover) are designed in such a way that they are
located outside the oil chamber, making them very easy to change.

Customising parts and Roland Sands design collections “Machined” and
“2-Tone Black” for the new R 18 Classic and R 18.

The BMW Motorrad equipment range offers a maximum selection of
individualisation options with which to adapt the R 18 Classic and R
18 to personal taste and preferences. The wide range of different
parts available from the programme of Original BMW Motorrad
Accessories enables individual conversions that significantly alter
the character of the R 18 Classic and R 18. For the market launch of
the new R 18 Classic and R 18, two different design collections of
milled aluminium parts are available, created in collaboration with
Roland Sands Design: “Machined” and “2-Tone-Black”.

Co-branding with famous brands: Mustang seats and
Vance &
Hines exhaust systems “Made in USA”.

For the accessories and customising programme of the new R 18, BMW
Motorrad is collaborating not just with Roland Sands Design but also
several well-known suppliers, including US manufacturer Mustang Seat
in order to be able to offer different versions of high-quality
hand-made seats. Meanwhile the customising potential for the exhaust
systems in cooperation with Vance & Hines is no less creative.

The highlights of the new BMW R 18 Classic.

  • Windshield (removable).
  • Saddle bags (removable).
  • Passenger seat (removable).
  • Additional LED headlight.
  • 16-inch front wheel.
  • Electronic Cruise Control as standard.

Common highlights of the new BMW R 18 Classic and R 18:

  • Iconic style blending modern technology with authentic materials.
  • Biggest ever BMW boxer engine with a capacity of 1 802 cc.
  • Output 67 kW (91 hp) at 4 750 rpm, maximum torque 158 Nm at 3 000 rpm.
  • More than 150 Nm available at all times from 2 000 to 4 000 rpm.
  • Open-running universal-shaft drive based on the classic role model.
  • Elaborately crafted double-loop steel tube frame.
  • Rear swinging arm with enclosed axle drive in rigid-frame design.
  • Telescopic fork with sleeves and cantilever suspension strut
    featuring travel-dependent damping.
  • Harmonious ergonomics for relaxed riding and optimum control.
  • Disc brakes and front and rear, with wire-spoked wheels.
  • State-of-the-art LED lighting technology, classically interpreted.
  • Adaptive turning light for even better illumination of the road
    when cornering as an ex works option.
  • Classically designed circular instrument with integrated display.
  • Keyless Ride for convenient function activation by remote control.
  • Two standard riding modes, ASC and MSR.
  • Reverse assist for convenient manoeuvring and Hill Start Control
    for easy hill starts as ex works options.
  • The R 18 First Edition: exclusive look in paint and chrome.
  • Extensive range of optional extras and Original BMW Motorrad
     Accessories as well as a cool Ride & Style Collection.

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The new BMW R nineT models.

BMW:The new BMW R nineT models.

Extended range of standard features, fine-tuning of the design and
even more pulling power. The new BMW R nineT models – R nineT, R nineT
Pure, R nineT Scrambler and R nineT Urban G/S.

When BMW Motorrad presented the R nineT in 2013, it was more than
just a roadster modelled on a classic archetype: from the very outset
it combined classic motorcycle design and modern technology with
excellent craftsmanship and a wide range of customisation options.
Just a short time later, the R nineT found attractive derivatives in
the BMW Motorrad Heritage world of experience: the R nineT Urban G/S
as an enduro with the genes of the legendary R 80 G/S of 1980, the R
nineT Scrambler as a homage to this distinctive motorcycle genre for
those who love a purist, reduced and non-conformist style, and the R
nineT Pure as a roadster reduced to the bare essentials. For the
upcoming 2021 season, BMW Motorrad has now sustainably honed the R
nineT family with some technical modifications, as well as
significantly extending the range of standard and optional equipment.

Boxer engine according to EU-5 requirements with new cylinder heads,
even greater torque and optimised design.

For use in the new R nineT models, the boxer engine has undergone
both technical and visual fine-tuning and is now designed to meet the
requirements of the EU-5 pollutant class. Its peak power output is now
80 kW (109 hp) at 7250 rpm (previously 81 kW (110 hp) at 7750 rpm),
while the maximum torque is still 116 Nm at 6000 rpm. Newly designed
cylinder heads provide a more harmonious transition from the outer to
the inner cooling fins, and newly designed throttle valve parts and
cylinder head covers now give the bike even greater aesthetic appeal.

Inside the cylinder heads there is a new turbulence system which
swirls the mixture to ensure even better and cleaner combustion and
increased torque. Thanks to an even more full-bodied power and torque
curve – especially in the range between 4000 and 6000 rpm – pulling
power levels are now tangibly better than those of the predecessor.

ABS Pro including DBC (Dynamic Brake Control) and a new suspension
strut with travel-dependent damping (WAD) now come as standard, as do
the “Rain” and “Road” riding modes.

Even in the standard version, the new R nineT models now feature ABS
Pro in combination with DBC (Dynamic Brake Control) for increased
safety when braking – at banking angles as well as in difficult
situations. Standard features also include a new shock absorber with
travel-dependent damping (WAD), providing enhanced suspension comfort
and convenient adjustment of the spring preload via a hand wheel.
“Rain” and “Road” riding modes are now included as standard, too.

Classic circular instrument with new dial, LED lighting units and
USB charging socket as standard.

The standard trim in the R nineT models includes a circular
instrument with a newly designed dial featuring the BMW logo as well
as indicator lights that are “invisible” when not illuminated.
Likewise as standard, the new R nineT models now have a headlamp and
white indicator lights in LED technology. The extended range of
standard equipment in the new R nineT models is supplemented with a
USB charging socket.

A wealth of new options – from innovative technology to individual
design and new colour schemes.

BMW Motorrad has significantly advanced the new R nineT models – both
technically and visually. Riding Modes Pro with the additional modes
“Dyna” for the R nineT and R nineT Pure and “Dirt” for the R nineT
Scrambler and R nineT Urban G/S are now available as new individual
options, as are DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) and engine drag torque
control (MSR). Another new option is the Comfort Package, comprising
Riding Modes Pro, cruise control and heated handlebar grips. The
turning light and the rear silencer design option are likewise new to
the range of individual optional extras.

Meanwhile the traditional “Option 719” offers particularly exclusive
and high-quality options for customisation of the R nineT to suit the
owner’s personal taste. This exclusive range of parts now includes
such items as various wheels, milled parts packages and – from the
Original BMW Motorrad Accessories range – a rear conversion with short
rear end and number plate holder behind the rear wheel, as well as a
rear end in tracker style (Tracker rear end). The enhancements for the
R nineT model family are rounded off with new standard and optional
paint finishes. The “Edition 40 Years GS” of the R nineT Urban G/S is
especially significant here. Available as a limited edition only, this
unique model comes in a colour scheme reminiscent of the legendary R
100 GS to mark the 40th anniversary of the BMW Motorrad GS family.

Highlights of the new BMW R nineT models:

  • Iconic air/oil-cooled boxer engine with new cylinder heads for
    further increased torque in the mid-range as well as compliance with
    the EU-5 pollutant class.
  • 80 kW (109 hp) 7 250 rpm (previously 81 kW (110 hp) at 7 750 rpm)
    and 116 Nm at 6 000 rpm.
  • Cylinder head, cylinder head cover and throttle valve parts all in
    a new design.
  • ABS Pro with DBC (Dynamic Brake Control) for even greater safety
    when braking in banking position.
  • New suspension strut with travel-dependent damping (WAD) for even
    more balanced and comfortable handling as standard
  • Hand wheel for adjusting the spring preload on the shock absorber
    as standard.
  • Riding modes “Rain” and “Road” as standard.
  • Classically designed circular instrument with new dial.
  • White LED indicators as standard.
  • LED headlights incl. daytime running light/parking light as standard.
  • USB charging socket as standard.
  • Enhanced overall design with a wider range of exclusive paint finishes.
  • New ex works options and new optional accessories.

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BMW Group Plant Regensburg will produce drive components for electrified vehicles from 2021

BMW:BMW Group Plant Regensburg will produce drive components for electrified vehicles from 2021

Regensburg. The BMW Group is further expanding its
Germany-based production capacities for electric drives.  From 2021,
battery cells for high-voltage batteries will be coated at BMW Group
Plant Regensburg and complete high-voltage batteries will be produced
from 2022. The company is investing over 150 million euros in the site
in order to supply the growing number of electrified BMW Group
vehicles with high-voltage batteries.

The new e-drive production location was announced today by Michael
Nikolaides, Head of Planning and Production Engines and E-Drives, and
Frank Bachmann, Director of BMW Group Plant Regensburg, at an event
with the Lord Mayor of Regensburg, Gertrud Maltz-Schwarzfischer.

“Electric mobility is substantially driving growth for the BMW Group
and this development is also reflected in our e-drive production,”
explained Michael Nikolaides: “In 2020, we went full throttle on
e-drive production.” In July, the company opened the Competence Center
for E-drive Production in Dingolfing and doubled the production
capacity of high-voltage batteries at BMW Brilliance Automotive by
opening another battery center in China. As recently as September, the
BMW Group announced it would be producing battery modules at BMW Group
Plant Leipzig from 2021. “Now Regensburg will see battery component
production added in 2021, followed just a year later by high-voltage
battery production. All of this demonstrates that we are consistently
ramping up the production of e-drives,” stressed Nikolaides. In total,
the BMW Group is investing around 750 million euros across its
Dingolfing, Leipzig and Regensburg sites in expanding its production
capacity for electrified vehicle drive components by 2022.

“From 2021, BMW Group Plant Regensburg will not just produce
electrified vehicles, but also e-drive components,” said Frank
Bachmann: “We are investing over 150 million euros by 2022 in
high-voltage battery production as well as the necessary components. A
total of at least 300 future-proof jobs will be created in this new
area of production until 2024.” This strategic decisions highlights
“just how seriously we take this issue and that the BMW Group
continues to place a strong emphasis on Germany as a production
location,” underscored Nikolaides. Therefore, the BMW Group is
securing employment across its German sites and is demonstrating
foresight by restructuring expertise as needed over the course of the
transition to electromobility.

High-voltage batteries are a cornerstone of this transition

BMW Group Plant Regensburg started production of two electrified
models this year with the plug-in hybrid versions of the BMW X1 and
the BMW X2. At the same time, with extensive investments and
conversions, the plant is preparing itself so that moving forward it
can respond flexibly to changing demand for different drive types.
“Battery cell coating and high-voltage battery production will play a
key role in this transition,” said Plant Director Frank Bachmann. The
coating of battery cells will start at the beginning of 2021. Coating
the cells gives them greater mechanical robustness and better thermal
conductivity. This allows for improved insulation and cooling of the
even more powerful battery cells for the fifth generation of the
e-drive. From 2022, the Regensburg plant will also produce complete
high-voltage batteries from battery modules.

From battery cell to high-voltage battery

The production process for high-voltage batteries consists of two
main steps and the battery modules are produced in a highly automated
process. First, the lithium-ion cells undergo a plasma cleaning
process. Specially developed equipment coats the cells to ensure
optimal insulation. The battery cells are then assembled into larger
units, known as battery modules. The BMW Group procures the battery
cells from partners who produce them according to the company’s
precise specifications. The BMW Group uses different battery cells,
depending on which one provides the best characteristics for the
relevant vehicle concept.

The battery modules are then mounted into an aluminum casing along
with the vehicle connectors, control units and cooling units. The size
and shape of the aluminum casing as well as the number of battery
modules used vary depending on the vehicle variant. The result is a
high-voltage battery ideally adapted to the vehicle.

This combination of standardized battery modules and casings flexibly
adapted to the vehicle has several advantages: Firstly, it ensures
uniform properties and quality standards in the production of the
high-voltage batteries. Secondly, the modular design of the
high-voltage battery serves as the basis for a wide range of e-drive
variants. Last but not least, this modular approach is a crucial
prerequisite for being able to respond quickly to customer demand and
take advantage of cost savings.

Global production network for e-drives with a focus on Germany

To date, the high-voltage batteries for all electrified vehicles of
the BMW and MINI brands have been produced at the three in-house
battery production facilities in Dingolfing, Spartanburg/USA and
Shenyang/China. In Thailand too, the BMW Group has localized the
production of high-voltage batteries for the Rayong plant in a
cooperation project with the Dräxlmaier Group. The new battery
component and high-voltage battery production at BMW Group Plants
Regensburg and Leipzig will join this network from 2021 onward. 
Munich is home to both the pilot plant for e-drives and the Battery
Cell Competence Center. Here the BMW Group comprehensively analyzes
battery cell value-added processes and keeps its production processes
at the cutting edge.

The company produces electric engines at the Competence Center for
E-drive Production in Dingolfing and BMW Group Plant Landshut.
Accordingly, the BMW Group will in future produce e-drive components
in large-scale series production at seven locations worldwide, four of
them in Germany.

Ramping up e-drive component production capacity is key to meeting
the BMW Group’s ambitious electric mobility targets. As early as 2021,
one in four BMW Group vehicles sold in Europe is expected to be fitted
with an electric drive. By 2025, it’ll be one in three, and one in two
by 2030. By 2023, the BMW Group will have 25 electrified models on the
road, half of which will have an all-electric drive.

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The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé – Additional pictures.

BMW:The all-new BMW 4 Series Coupé – Additional pictures.

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CO2 emission information.

The following applies to consumption figures for vehicles with new type approval, September 2017 onward: The figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and energy consumption are obtained in accordance with the specified measuring procedure (EC Regulation No. 715/2007), as issued and amended. The figures are for a basic-version vehicle in Germany. The bandwidths allow for differences in the choice of wheel and tire sizes and items of optional equipment and can be changed by the configuration.

Obtained on the basis of the new “Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure” (WLTP), the figures are converted back to the “New European Driving Cycle” (NEDC) for the sake of comparability. Values other than those stated here may be used for the purposes of taxation and for other vehicle-related duties relating to CO2 emissions.

More information about official fuel consumption figures and the official specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be obtained from the “guideline on fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and current consumption of new passenger cars”, available here: https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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BMW Motorrad presents five world premieres.

BMW:BMW Motorrad presents five world premieres.

Munich. On Thursday, 22 October 2020, BMW Motorrad
will reveal five new models from its Heritage world. These world
premieres will take place during an online-presentation at 6.00 pm
(CEST). This will of course be streamed worldwide via the official BMW
Motorrad Facebook page, the BMW Motorrad and BMW Group Youtube
channels as well as the BMW Group LinkedIn page.

https://www.facebook.com/BMWMotorrad

https://www.youtube.com/BMWMotorrad

https://www.youtube.com/BMWGroup

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

Besides the five world premieres, the viewers can also look
forward to seeing exciting guests. Immediately after the unveiling,
initial information about the vehicles including photos, videos and
the configurator will be activated on the BMW Motorrad website

(https://www.bmw-motorrad.com).

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

In case of queries, please contact:


Dominik Schaidnagel, BMW Motorrad Communications

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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 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to €
104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a workforce
of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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Three BMW M6 GT3s in action at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

BMW:Three BMW M6 GT3s in action at the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps.

Munich. Roughly four weeks after the highly-acclaimed victory
at the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER), the BMW M6 GT3 is now set for the
second major endurance highlight of the season this weekend: the 24
Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). Walkenhorst Motorsport travels to
Belgium with bags of confidence, following the one-two at the 8
Hours of Indianapolis (USA). After winning the Spa classic in 2018,
the team now has its sights set firmly on another podium finish. A
host of top-class GT drivers will be at the wheel of the two cars.
In the Pro-Am class, the Boutsen Ginion BMW M6 GT3, sporting a
design by artist Peter Halley, promises to be a real eye-catcher.

 

Regular drivers and Indianapolis winners Nick Catsburg (NED) and
Augusto Farfus (BRA) will compete in the #34 Walkenhorst Motorsport
BMW M6 GT3. They will be joined by BMW works driver Philipp Eng (AUT),
who already has two victories at Spa to his name – in 2016 with ROWE
Racing and 2018 with Walkenhorst Motorsport. Alternating at the wheel
of the #35 car will be regular drivers David Pittard (GBR) and Martin
Tomczyk (GER), as well as Nürburgring 24 Hours winner Nick Yelloly (GBR).

“It is one GT highlight after another at the moment, and it is
fantastic to see that we are challenging for podiums and race wins
wherever we race with the BMW M6 GT3,” said BMW Group Motorsport
Director Jens Marquardt, for whom the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
will be the last major endurance race in his current role. “We
recently celebrated the long-awaited win at the Nürburgring 24 Hours,
but have also shown at Indianapolis, in the GTD class of the IMSA
series, in the ADAC GT Masters, and in the Italian GT Championship
that the BMW M6 GT3 is capable of winning virtually every race. We
obviously want to carry that momentum to Spa-Francorchamps, where we
have had three overall victories since 2015. Personally, I would
obviously be delighted to be able to celebrate one last time with the
team at my last big race as BMW Group Motorsport Director.”

For Walkenhorst Motorsport, the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps is not
only a prestigious individual event, but also forms the third of four
races in this season’s Intercontinental GT Challenge. Catsburg and
Farfus are currently second in the Drivers’ Championship, just one
point off the lead. Pittard, Tomczyk and Yelloly are third. BMW leads
the GT3 manufacturer competition.

In the Pro-Am class, Boutsen Ginion will field a third BMW M6 GT3 –
and a very special one at that. The car’s colourful livery was
designed by American artist Peter Halley, who took his inspiration
from the tradition of the famous BMW Art Cars. As a result, the #10
BMW M6 GT3 will be a real eye-catcher out on the track. Karim Ojjeh
(KSA), Gilles Vannelet (FRA), Benjamin Lessennes (BEL) and BMW works
driver Jens Klingmann (GER) will share the driving duties.

The race begins this Saturday at 15:30 and, with the clocks going
forward an hour overnight, ends 24 hours later at 14:30 on Sunday.

Quotes ahead of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps:

Nick Catsburg (#34 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst
Motorsport):
“The next highlight of my season is just around
the corner and I cannot wait to get going. I hope I can continue my
run at Spa, having tasted victory at the Nürburgring and Indianapolis.
I think we have a very good chance. We have almost always performed
well at Spa in recent years, while Walkenhorst Motorsport has often
shown that the team is capable of winning the really big events. With
Augusto and Philipp, I have two fantastic drivers at my side. Both
have had a lot of big wins in GT racing, so it is a privilege for me
to share a BMW M6 GT3 with them.”

Nick Yelloly (#35 BMW M6 GT3, Walkenhorst
Motorsport):
“This will be my first start at the 24 Hours of
Spa-Francorchamps, and I am really looking forward to working with
Martin and David again. Our goal is to improve on the second place we
achieved with Walkenhorst Motorsport at Indianapolis. The weather
could obviously play a major role at Spa at the end of October.
Similar to our victory at the Nürburgring, it will be crucial to avoid
making any mistakes and get the maximum out of the BMW M6 GT3.”

Jens Klingmann (#10 BMW M6 GT3, Boutsen Ginion):
“Last weekend’s victory in the ADAC GT Masters really did me some good
and has made me even more determined to get a good result at
Spa-Francorchamps with my team-mates at Boutsen Ginion. Personally, I
have very fond memories of this race, having finished runner-up in
2018. This is the absolute highlight of the season for the team. As
such, it is very appropriate that we line up with a very special
livery, and will also add some colour with our race overalls. I think
I am allowed to reveal that much. Our goal is to challenge for the
podium in the Pro-Am class. Hopefully, I can help my amateur
colleagues achieve that.”           

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Ad-hoc announcement: Preliminary free cash flow for the Automotive segment of BMW AG in the third quarter of 2020 above market expectations

BMW:Ad-hoc announcement: Preliminary free cash flow for the Automotive segment of BMW AG in the third quarter of 2020 above market expectations

Munich. The preliminary free cash flow for the
Automotive segment of BMW AG in the third quarter 2020 amounts to
€3,065 million (previous year: €714 million) and thus exceeds current
market expectations.

This was due in particular to a faster recovery in several markets,
which led to higher sales growth. In addition, a focused management
has led to an optimisation of working capital and a further reduction
of fixed costs and capital expenditure.

The impact of this development on the free cash flow for the
Automotive segment for the full year will be communicated with the
release of the Quarterly Statement to 30 September 2020.

The previous earnings forecasts for the individual segments and the
Group remain unchanged.

Economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic continues to
significantly impair forecasting and leads therefore to considerable
uncertainty in providing an accurate outlook.

BMW AG will publish further details on the results of the third
quarter 2020 on 4 November 2020.

The definition of free cash flow is provided on page 244 in the BMW
Group Annual Report 2019. Working capital comprises inventories as
well as trade receivables and trade payables.

In case of queries please contact:

Corporate Communications

Dr. Britta Ullrich, Corporate Communications

Telephone: +49 89 382-18364, britta.ullrich@bmwgroup.com

Eckhard Wannieck, Head of Corporate and Culture Communications

Telephone: +49 89 382-24544, eckhard.wannieck@bmw.de

Internet: www.press.bmwgroup.com

E-mail: presse@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 2019, the BMW Group sold over 2.5 million passenger vehicles and
more than 175,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the
financial year 2019 was € 7.118 billion on revenues amounting to
€ 104.210 billion. As of 31 December 2019, the BMW Group had a
workforce of 126,016 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term
thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established
ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain,
comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to
conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

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High performance, maximum exclusivity: the First Edition variants of the BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition.

BMW:High performance, maximum exclusivity: the First Edition variants of the BMW X5 M Competition and BMW X6 M Competition.

Munich. Supreme power, an imposing thirst for forward
progress and extravagant styling allow the new BMW X5 M Competition
(fuel consumption combined: 13.0 – 12.8 l/100 km [21.7 – 22.1 mpg
imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 296 – 291 g/km) and new
BMW X6 M Competition (fuel consumption combined: 13.1 l/100 km [21.6
mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 301 g/km) to carve out a
unique place for themselves on the world’s roads. Their performance
attributes set new standards and now they are also raising the bar
once again in terms of exclusivity. First Edition specification
accentuates the effervescent and distinctive character of the BMW M
models in the luxury Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity
Coupé (SAC) segments to particularly stylish effect.

Precisely coordinated design cues for the exterior and interior lend
the special-edition takes on the new BMW X5 M Competition and new
BMW X6 M Competition the status of intoxicating rarities at the
high-performance reaches of their respective segments. Their air of
exclusivity creates the ideal environment in which to enjoy the
unmistakable driving experience laid on by a high-revving V8 engine
with two turbochargers and 460 kW/625 hp, M-specific suspension and
M xDrive all-wheel drive. The two special-edition newcomers will be
produced at BMW Plant Spartanburg in the US in a limited run of
250 examples each and can be ordered with immediate effect.

The BMW Individual Frozen Dark Silver special paint finish available
exclusively for the special-edition models showcases the exterior
design of the new BMW X5 M Competition and new BMW X6 M Competition to
extremely impressive effect. This matt paint finish ensures the
muscular proportions, clear forms and signature M details of the body
design come authentically to the fore, regardless of how the light
hits the car. The two special-edition cars can also be specified with
the BMW Individual Frozen Marina Bay Blue special paint finish. This
exterior shade is one of the BMW special finishes now available
ex-factory for the BMW X5 M Competition, BMW X6 M Competition, BMW X5,
BMW X6 and BMW X7. These special paint shades are increasing in number
all the time.

The high-quality paint finishes team up with M light-alloy wheels in
star-spoke design with a Jet Black, high-gloss finish available
exclusively for the special-edition models. The wheels (front:
21-inch, rear: 22-inch) are fitted with mixed-size tyres. The exterior
styling also includes selected body elements made from
carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Like the M Carbon exterior
mirror caps for the two special-edition models, the M Carbon rear
spoiler for the new BMW X6 M Competition has an understated feeling of
the race track. An M Carbon engine compartment cover is likewise part
of First Edition specification.

BMW Individual Merino full leather trim in exclusive bi-colour
Silverstone/Midnight Blue ensures the interior and BMW Individual
paint finishes fit together neatly. Black Alcantara inserts in the
seat bolsters and contrast stitching in Sakhir Orange emphasise the
sporting contours of the M multifunction seats. The eye-catching
contrast stitching also bring distinctive flourishes to the door panel
trim and instrument panel. Taking its cue from the leather-covered
instrument panel, the BMW Individual headliner in Alcantara is
likewise in Midnight Blue.

The high-tech and extremely lightweight material CFRP also features
in the interior of the special-edition models. Adornments include
Carbon Fibre interior trim strips available in a special,
market-specific design. The silver-coloured “First Edition 1/250”
lettering – which is applied to the carbon-fibre strip before the
clear coat seal – highlights the exclusive character of the
special-edition models. If these interior trim strips are specified,
the model badge on the cover for the cup holders has the same design.

BMW X5 M Competition fuel consumption combined:
13.0 – 12.8 l/100 km [21.7 – 22.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions
combined: 296 – 291 g/km).

BMW X6 M Competition fuel consumption combined: 13.1
l/100 km [21.6 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 301 g/km.

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BMW Motorsport News – Issue 19/2020.

BMW:BMW Motorsport News – Issue 19/2020.

Whether in the DTM, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar
Championship, the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, or countless other
championships, week after week BMW teams and drivers around the
world do battle for points, victories and titles. Away from the
track too, members of the large BMW Motorsport family around the
world are also creating headlines. The “BMW Motorsport News” allows
us to regularly summarise all the action for you in a compact and
informative manner. This way, you are always up to speed.

IMSA series: BMW Team RLL finishes ‘Petit Le Mans’ on the podium.

John Edwards (USA), Jesse Krohn (FIN) and Augusto Farfus (BRA)
co-drove the #24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE to a third-place finish in the
10-hour IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship ‘Petit Le Mans’ at
Road Atlanta (USA) to score the team’s sixth consecutive podium
finish. The trio led the GTLM class multiple times and completed 431
laps to finish 4.412 seconds behind the winning Porsche. Farfus took
the lead for the final time on lap 401, after the class had cycled
through their final stops. Two laps later he was pushed off by a
prototype car and had to run through the grass. As a result, he had to
pit again to clean the grille, dropping some 26 seconds to the
leaders. Charging back, he took advantage of a collision by a
competitor to secure the podium finish as the race ended under caution.

The #25 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, driven by Bruno Spengler (CAN), Connor De
Phillippi and Colton Herta (both USA) finished sixth in GTLM class
following a mechanical issue after only 20 laps, which required a
lengthy repair in the garage. The #96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3
finished ninth in the GTD class.

John Edwards (#24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 3rd
place):
“It was an amazing performance by the entire team
today, but it ended in a bit of heartbreak after Augusto, with an
18-second lead, was pushed off by a prototype car. We did recover to
finish on the podium and maximise points.”

Jesse Krohn (#24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 3rd
place):
“The BMW M8 GTE was great. We led most of the race
and had the car to win. Everyone worked very hard and one little thing
took it all away. We’ll bounce back.”

Augusto Farfus (#24 MOTUL BMW M8 GTE, 3rd
place):
“That was a very frustrating result. The win was in
our pocket and I got run wide in the marbles and off the track. I so
wanted to bring the victory to the team that worked so hard today.”

Michelin Pilot Challenge: Turner Motorsport wins at Road
Atlanta.
Robby Foley and Vincent Barletta (both USA) won
the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Road Atlanta (USA) in the
#95 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT4. The duo took the chequered flag at
the ‘Fox Factory 120’ ahead of James Clay and Gregory Liefooghe (both
USA), who finished runner-up in the #82 BimmerWorld Racing BMW M4 GT4
to complete a one-two for the BMW M Customer Racing teams. While this
was Barletta’s first win of the season, it was Foley’s second
appearance on the top step of the podium, having previously triumphed
at ‘VIRginia International Raceway’.

ADAC GT Masters: Victories for the BMW M6 GT3 at the Red Bull
Ring.
Schubert Motorsport and MRS GT-Racing each won one
of the two ADAC GT Masters races at the Red Bull Ring at Spielberg
(AUT). On Saturday, BMW works driver Nick Yelloly (GBR) and Henric
Skoog (SWE) claimed the first win of the season for both the BMW M6
GT3 and Schubert Motorsport. BMW works drivers Jens Klingmann (GER)
and Erik Johansson (SWE) finished third to join them on the podium on
Saturday. However, their big moment was to come on the Sunday;
starting from second place, they soon took the lead and went on to
take the first win of the season for MRS GT-Racing in the
200th race in ADAC GT Masters history. Yelloly and Skoog
followed them home in second place, but were ultimately classified in
fifth place following a time penalty. For Skoog and Johansson, the
race wins on Saturday and Sunday also meant victory in the Junior
class. Joel Eriksson (SWE) and Aidan Read (AUS), in the second
Schubert Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, finished eleventh on Saturday and
failed to finish on Sunday.

Italian GT: BMW Team Italia takes victory in the BMW M6 GT3
and the BMW M4 GT4.
BMW Team Italia was victorious
with both the BMW M6 GT3 and the BMW M4 GT4 at the race weekend in the
Italian GT Sprint Championship at Monza (ITA). In Saturday’s race,
pole-sitters Marius Zug (GER) and Stefano Comandini (ITA) took victory
in the BMW M6 GT3. After 28 laps of racing, Comandini crossed the
finish line with a 0.7-second lead. The same pairing started Sunday’s
race from third place but was stopped in its tracks by technical
issues. However, the team still had cause for celebration on Sunday,
with Francesco Guerra and Simone Riccitelli (both ITA) winning the GT4
class. They emerged triumphant from a close battle to take victory by
just one second. On Saturday, the duo at the wheel of the BMW M4 GT4
had finished fourth in their class.

DTM Trophy: Podium for Ben Green at Zolder.
Ben
Green (GBR) and FK Performance Motorsport enjoyed an impressive
weekend in the DTM trophy at Zolder (BEL). Green finished third in the
BMW M4 GT4 in Sunday’s race. He also came home fourth in the Saturday
race to score valuable points in the Drivers’ Championship. Ahead of
the finale weekend at Hockenheim (GER), the British driver currently
lies third in the overall standings and holds a commanding lead in the
Junior competition. Ben Tuck (GBR), fourth in the Drivers’
Championship, finished in the points in seventh place on Sunday,
having failed to finish on Saturday. Tuck’s Walkenhorst Motorsport
team-mate Max Koebolt (NED) was eighth and tenth, while Luke
Wankmüller (GER), Green’s team-mate at FK Performance Motorsport, was
ninth and eleventh.

ADAC GT4 Germany: BMW M4 GT4 on the
podium.
Gabriele Piana (ITA) and Michael Schrey (GER)
claimed another podium in the BMW M4 GT4 of Hofor Racing by Bonk
Motorsport at the ADAC GT4 Germany race weekend at the Red Bull Ring
(AUT). They finished third in Sunday’s race, having failed to finish
on Saturday. Piana and Schrey now lie third in the Drivers’
Championship. A further three BMW M4 GT4s were in action at Spielberg.
The Lillestoff team came home tenth in Saturday’s race.

GT4 France: Class win for the BMW M4 GT4 at the Grand Prix
d’Albi.
The L’Espace Bienvenue team won the Silver
category in race two of the penultimate race weekend in GT4 France at
‘Circuit d’Albi’ (FRA). Ricardo van der Ende (NED) and Benjamin
Lessennes (BEL) finished in fourth place overall, just ahead of their
rivals in the Silver class. In the opening race of the weekend, van
der Ende and Lessennes finished runner-up in their class and third
overall, earning them a spot on the podium.

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