BMW Celebrates 25th Anniversary of V12 Engines

December 29, 2012 at 05:29

In 1987, at the Geneva Motor Show, BMW unveiled its first 12-cylinder engine with a V-shaped arrangement of cylinders. In such a way, our readers can now understand what we are going to talk about in this article. The power plant of V12 has been widely used for 25 years, first of all it was used on the flagship 7 Series sedans, and engineers every year make the engine more efficient.

BMW 760i with V12

Image of the BMW 760i. with V12

The first V12 weighed 240 kg with cylinder capacity of 5 liters. Its maximum power output was 300 hp at 5200 rev/min, ie 60 power per liter. Torque of this unit is great, it delivers 450 Nm at 6100 r/min. Debut of the engine BMW V12 was great, it entered the market as a 750i and 750iL, and even before their first official show there were collected over 3,000 pre-orders for the new version. High demand is easily explained – BMW was first to offer in the luxury segment a V12 engine, and Mercedes and Audi have created their competitors a few years later.

BMW engine V12

Photo of the BMW engine V12

By 1994, a second-generation of V12 was released with working volume up to 5.4 liters and power – up to 326 hp and torque – up to 490 Nm. In 2001 there was introduced the 6.0-liter version (445 hp, 600 Nm). Today there is the fourth version of the Bavarian V12 used in the models of BMW 760Li – representative of the 5th generation 7 Series.

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