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Page Overview: Engine assembly

We set the pace.


Assembly takes hundreds of individual parts and creates BMW high-performance engines to customer specifications. State-of-the-art production technologies are perfectly complemented by the skills and know-how of trained assembly workers. Engine assembly starts with putting the basic engine together. The core parts are assembled along with other components to create the engine block. The engine is then completed step by step, resulting in an end-product that meets the highest quality standards.

Engines built to customer specifications.

Maximum customer orientation requires a high degree of flexibility. Hundreds of different engine variants pass through our plant’s assembly lines. Our employees must therefore master a high level of complexity and diversity, since engines are not assigned to customer orders until shortly before delivery.

Simply premium.

Every finished engine, without exception, undergoes a computer-monitored functional test, known as a “cold test”. This procedure is particularly environmentally-friendly, since it no longer requires starting the engine. After passing this test and final quality inspections, the engines are sent to the vehicle plants for the so-called “marriage”, where engine, chassis and body are united. Prior to this, individual engines are randomly tested under extreme stress over an extended period in a dynamic audit.

Modular engine generation.

BMW modular engines represent a revolutionary way of assembling engines. The basic principle of the new engine family is a standardised in-line design. This means that a single assembly line is able to produce up to four different engines, which form the basis for all performance and country-specific variants. All engines of the new modular generation come with a turbocharger and a large number of standard components.

The new assembly lines are specially designed with demographic change in mind. A good example of this is the electrically-adjustable overhead tracks that allow employees of different heights to work as ergonomically as possible. This helps an ageing workforce stay healthy and maintain performance.