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BMW engines on unexpected production cars

There is nothing unexpected in the fact that  BMW was noted in 2017 as the best manufacturer of automotive engines for its models. The company began its development precisely with the release of engines, and it does not matter that these were engines for aircraft.

Today, a number of large and well-known automakers use units of the German brand to complete their cars. This is, first of all, the British company McLaren, which has been installing BMW engines for the F1 range for many years . But there are still a number of cars, high speed parameters of which are due to the engine of the German brand. You can find more information about the various engines at https://www.engine-specs.net.

And now consider some cars that hide BMW engines in their power unit.

1. Morgan Plus 8

For almost half a century, the British company Morgan Motor Company has been using the 4.8-liter BMW naturally aspirated engine to produce its limited-edition sports cars. 367 hp engine accelerates the British roadster to 100 km in 4.5 seconds, allowing you to reach speeds of up to 240 km. hour.


In 2018, the release of the latest Plus 8 line with a German engine is planned. It will be 50 cars, the price of which starts at 107,000 pounds. The presentation of the basic version was held at the Geneva Motor Show. They plan to sell all the limited edition through the Morgan dealer network.

2. Opel Omega

In the wagon class, the Opel diesel engine with a 2.5 liter engine is considered the best model. from BMW. In 1993, the company "borrowed" the power node of the Bavarian manufacturer, installing it as a replacement for the Carlton and Senator ranges.

As the representative of BMW said, they needed a powerful and reliable diesel engine , but at a low price. Omega got its equipment, which immediately transferred the car to a higher level of reliability. True, instead of the original engine with a capacity of 141 hp, which were installed on the BMW 5 Series, Opel received an aggregate of only 128 hp.

3. Range Rover P38A

The second-generation Range Rover model , released in 1994, included an updated power unit, the main element of which was a 2.5-liter turbodiesel from BMW. Installing a new motor made it possible to get decent torque, the car became more suitable for towing and driving over rough terrain.
In the new model, which was positioned as a luxury SUV, from 1999 the engine from the BMW 7 Series was installed.

4. Grinnall Scorpion

When Grinnall's business began to lose ground in the market by 1990, the founder of the tricycle company, Mark Grinnall, made the bold decision to build a modern model that mimics the classic first tricycle. Power to the car was to provide a BMW K-series engine.
Improving the Scorpion model, the developers did not abandon the use of BMW motorcycle engines. Today's SIII models, which can be seen both with three wheels and four, are equipped with power units from a Bavarian manufacturer.

5. Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph

Silver Seraphim was released in 1998, but due to the confusion of sales, resale and change of ownership of the Bentley / Rolls-Royce, the model did not receive well-deserved attention and, as a result, had a low sales pace.
The car was equipped with a 5.4-liter V12 engine, which was installed on the powerful 750i BMW. A 326 hp German motor made it easy for the car to glide along the track at a speed of 210 km. hour.
The price of the motor corresponded to high quality - 155,000 pounds. A sharp increase in all the technical characteristics of Silver Seraph did not help the model stay in the list of sold models and become a profitable line. After the release of 175 models, the “Silver Spirit” in 2001 was discontinued.

6. McLaren F1


The British company  McLaren is the most famous manufacturer of sports cars in which BMW engines stand. German motors can rightfully be called the strength, power and sound of the entire F1 range.
In six years of F1 production, only 106 cars were produced, 36 of which were racing options, 64 road models and several prototypes. Autocar Sports Magazine is the only one to have officially tested F1 and published the race numbers, they are impressive today.

The speed of the car was 231 miles (371 km.) Per hour, acceleration to 100 km per hour occurred in 3.2 seconds. The chassis from the British company Ultima was used as a test bench.

7. Rover 75

There were too many scandalous press stories related to the creation of the Rover 75. Its first exit in 1999 and the closure of the Longbridge (Birmingham) plant in 2004, so that the public quickly forgot that, technically, it was a very good car. It was equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged BMW M47 engine, the Common Rail fuel supply system was used - all this significantly increased the power of the car. Everyone who got behind the wheel of the Rover 75 noted a smooth ride and the unusual sound of a diesel engine.

Engine power was gradually increased to 130 hp, in 2002 Luxury equipment for a limousine was launched, an extended wheelbase was made by Vanden Plas.

8. Lincoln Continental MkVII


The beginning of the 80s was marked by a major fuel crisis in the United States. The country was sorely lacking gasoline. Ford decided to re-equip its cars, switching them to using diesel fuel, which was in abundance. But Ford did not have suitable and modern diesel engines that could quickly replace a gasoline unit.
The first experiment was the use of BMW engines in the  Lincoln Continental MkVII, which nearly led the company to a financial collapse. The failure of car sales was simply explained - MkVII did not correspond to any parameter declared in the advertisement. It was a slow car - it took 13 seconds for the Continental to reach 100 km per hour. Fuel economy also did not work out - its consumption amounted to stable 10 liters per 100 km.

9. Ascari

The British sports car manufacturer has repeatedly used BMW engines for its models. The start began with the Ecosse model, where they installed a version of the 4.4-liter V8 engine with a capacity of 300 hp, which equipped the  BMW 5th and 7th series. Then the engine was replaced with its 4.7-liter version. Later, they used a 5-liter V8 for the Ascari KZ1 model.
In the racing version of the car, an engine based on the Judd motor was used, with a capacity of up to 625 hp, but all this was not enough. Neither BMW engines nor Jad could pull the company out of the financial crisis - the model did not become either popular or in demand.

10. Wiesmann

Wiesmann Auto-Sport, a German racing car company, has always used BMW engines in their most powerful configuration since its introduction in 1988. These are mainly six-cylinder engines, but V8 and V10 engines were also used, which were modernized for compact models of roadsters and coupes. For example, the model Wiesmann GT MF4.
In 2014, the company ceased to exist, but in 2018 it again returned to the world of car manufacturers with the concept of a new model, where a V8 engine from the new BMW M5 will be installed .

11. Bentley Arnage.

Bentley Arnage was introduced in the spring of 1998 along with the  Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph. Having almost the same platform, the Arnage had a 4.4-liter engine from the BMW V8 under the hood, while the Silver Seraph was equipped with a V12 engine.
For the following models, the Bavarian concern produced standard V8 engines, but with increased torque parameters. After Volkswagen took control of Bentley shares, the new management refused to use the BMW engines of the new generation and replaced them with the old and familiar V8.

12. Bertone Freeclimber

The compact SUV, the concept of which was repeated by Daihatsu Rocky, was produced for only four years, until 1992. The Italian concern used Japanese components and a 2.0- and 2.7-liter BMW gasoline engine. For some models, turbodiesel engines were proposed that were supposed to increase the Bertone's off-road capabilities. By 1992, 2795 cars were produced, but the price of an SUV was always higher than that of a similar Jeep Cherokee, as a result, production ceased.

13. Bristol 400

The British company Bristol Cars began production of its cars immediately after the Second World War and created new sports versions of the luxury class. These models technically echoed many of BMW's pre-war cars. In particular, the model 400 used the chassis of the pre-war BMW 326, and the engine was taken from the BMW 328. It was a reliable 2.0-liter six-cylinder unit complete with a triple carburetor. This was quite enough for the Bristol 400 to reach speeds of up to 160 km. hour.

For its time, it was a very promising and “advanced” motor, but nothing stands still. After a decade of victories, the Bristol 400 with the first BMW engine, which had not been upgraded all this time, began to lose to competitors such as the  Jaguar XK120.

14. Bristol Project Pinnacle


In 2015, Bristol celebrated its 70th anniversary. A new Model Pinnacle was released for the anniversary, which was announced as a concept car . This is a modern look at the retro car, the concept used the body lines of the models of the 60s and the 4.8-liter BMW V8 engine.
The developers hesitated for a long time whether to install the Bavarian engine or to prefer the American manufacturer. However, the WWII equipment was selected as more acceptable and reliable.

15. GG Taurus


Walter Grüter, nicknamed GG, has long been known in the world as a first-class developer of equipment for BMW motorcycles, the owner of his own company in Switzerland and a first-class racer, proposed using a 1.3 liter BMW engine for his new motorcycle. The result was the GG Taurus, the first 600-kilometer run of which allowed the Swiss authorities to take it into service. The maximum speed of the motorcycle is 200 km. hour.

16. Frazer Nash

After the end of World War II, the head of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Eldington, removed from the BMW factories almost all of the technical documentation that BMW had produced until 1943. Therefore, it is not surprising that many Bristol cars have German equipment. The most famous in this regard is the model Frazer Nash, which at one time was even sold under the brand name Frazer Nash-BMW.

The car used the well-known BMW six-cylinder engine. Installation was carried out until 1961, later the company switched to eight-cylinder engines from Chrysler.

17. Peraves Ecomobile


The Swiss automobile company is famous for the fact that since 1982 it has been manufacturing motorcycles of the Ecomobile brand.
The design of the mini-car may seem unconventional, but it is the best option for driving on the autobahn. The motorcycle comfortably accommodates two people plus luggage. BMW's motorcycle engine allows the car to reach speeds of up to 220 km. in hour.
The first 89 Ecomobiles were equipped with a four-cylinder 1.0-liter K100 block and had front suspension. In 2005, machine production stopped for four years. Since 2009, the workshop line was resumed, again using components from BMW, but already for the production of electric models.

18. Land Rover Defender


The Rover V8 model almost ceased to be produced for South African customers by 1997. Replaced  Land Rover Defender diesel TD5. The power unit was rebuilt many times in the car. So, in 2006, the TD5 was replaced by a 4-cylinder 2.4 engine.
In the period until 1999, the “Protector” periodically installed redesigned V8 engines with a volume of 4.0 and 4.6 liters and a BMW diesel engine.

A total of 1395 cars were produced, and all of them are still highly valued by fans of the brand, although they were built at the Rosslyn Land Rover factory in Pretoria (South Africa).
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