Our friend Richard Aucock offers us an interesting view of the famous BMW Headquarters in Munich. Think more along the line of four-cylinder engines and the history of BMW. Here is an excerpt from his article:
“See, for years, BMW has been famous for 6-cylinder engines. Its straight-sixes have long been adorable, with icons including most of the 1970s and 80s mainstream stuff, plus the 325i, the 528i, the E46 M3, the E34 M5, and umpteen more besides (what I wouldn’t do for an E36 328i Touring, for instance).
Since the E36 318i started becoming the company car of choice in the 1990s though, 4-cylinders have started to win out.
Good. I love BMW 4-cylinder engines, for their raspy goodness and throbby involvement: since diesels started to become good in the E46 too, they’ve joined the pile for offering thrusting power and amazing economy.
Which takes us to the Munich HQ. Built between 1968 and 1972, just in time for the 1972 Olympic Games, it’s known as BMW-Vierzylinder in German. Yes, ‘BMW four-cylinder’. Although most prefer simply ‘BMW Tower’. The Karl Schwanzer-designed building won historical status in 1999, and is said to be the most iconic piece of architecture in Munich.
It first really came to the UK’s attention with the Rover fallout (remember the late-night reports on the news when the crisis was unfolding?). How strange, said car commentators at the time, that a brand famed for its 6 cylinder engines should live within an HQ paying homage to the 4-cylinder engine.”