BMW Motorrad Managed Record Sales In 2022

I must be the only person who didn’t buy a new motorcycle last year, as BMW Motorrad managed record sales in 2022. Following similar news from Ducati, it seems the global market for motorcycles and scooters has defied some of the issues impacting other industries.

BMW Motorrad will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company in 2023, so they’ll be starting the year in a good mood. In 2022, the German manufacturer shipped 202,895 motorcycles and scooters, which was an increase of 4.4% on 2021.

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BMW X1 review

BMW X1

We road test the all-new BMW X1 – the ‘baby’ of the brand’s SUV family is bigger than before, and much better for it…

More than 119,999 BMW X1s have found homes in the UK since the model was launched way back in 2009.

Now it’s time for the third generation, and it’s a much improved proposition in every department.

Size is everything in the modern world and the new X1 is slightly bigger than its popular predecessor (53mm longer, 24mm wider, 44mm higher and 22mm in wheelbase), crucially delivering more space for passengers and their luggage.

BMW X1

So, just as the latest Volkswagen Polo is about the same size as the original Golf, the new X1 isn’t far off the Mk 1 BMW X3.

Sharing the same platform as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV, the overall shape of the Mk 3 X1 is chunkier with a greater road presence.

Up front, the large kidney grille is flanked by slim LED headlights. The side profile sports meaty wheel arches and fared-in door handles, while the rear boasts a pert tailgate, three-dimensional LED lights and underride protection.

Inside, the X1 features BMW’s impressive eighth generation iDrive operating system, which includes a 10.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 10.25-inch driver’s digital instrument cluster.

BMW X1

The curved screen infotainment system is mainly operated via the touchscreen, voice commands and flush buttons on the steering wheel. There’s no longer a rotary controller next to the gear selector, which may annoy some, along with the general minimalisation of switches, buttons and dials.

Priced from £33,775, the new X1 is available with a range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines (with an EV range of up to 57 miles), while a flagship all-electric iX1 variant joins the family in early 2023.

BMW expects 66% of UK sales to be pure electric, 14% PHEV and the final 20% split between petrol and diesel.

We had a brief test drive in a prototype iX1, but spent most of our time in the xDrive23i, which features a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with 48V mild hybrid tech that makes 215bhp and is mated to BMW’s seven-speed Steptronic dual clutch transmission.

BMW iX1

Taking just 7.1 seconds to cover the 0-62mph dash, it delivers a claimed 42.2mpg with CO2 emissions of 151g/km.

The top-of-the range iX1 EV costs substantially more, has a 64.7kWh battery producing 308bhp, a claimed range of up to 272 miles, and it can polish off the 0-62mph sprint in a swift 5.6 seconds.

We tested the AWD xDrive23i in xLine and M Sport trim levels (there’s an entry-level Sport too), and a posh piece of kit it is too, with BMW’s usual top build quality and classy materials.

There’s a commanding view of the road from up front (I would prefer the option of a lower seating position), visibility is good, though the reversing camera (standard on all models, along with front and rear sensors) comes in handy when manoeuvring thanks to the slim tailgate window.

BMW X1

A special mention for the infotainment system, which is slick and sharp, along with the clear head-up display and augmented satellite navigation system which overlays upcoming directions on the touchscreen via big chevron graphics.

Refinement levels in the cabin are impressive, there’s plenty of grunt from the petrol engine, which is only vocal under heavy acceleration, while the sweet-shifting gearbox cracks on effortlessly.

The M Sport comes with adaptive suspension, and frankly the difference is marginal. Overall, the set-up is on the firm side, which is noticeable on bumpier surfaces, but not uncomfortable.

BMW X1

The pay-off is that the X1 delivers a more dynamic driving experience. With an agile feel, body control and grip levels are good in more challenging corners – whether you’re in Personal, Sport or Efficient drive modes. Meanwhile, the steering is light and direct, making town driving a doddle.

It’s worth noting that the M Sport gets shift paddles and the left one activates the Sport Boost, which delivers an extra 19bhp of power (useful for overtakes).

Of course, the iX1 is the one to go for if you can stretch to £52,255 and you have a home charger. It looks just like its petrol, diesel and PHEV siblings, but BMW’s entry-level electric car is a real smoothie.

BMW X1

Faster than it really needs to be (there’s a Sport Boost function too), it’s whisper quiet (once you switch off the irritating Hans Zimmer ‘IconicSounds’ digital soundtrack) and easy to drive.

Despite the fact that it weighs around 400kg more than its ICE stablemates, the boffins at BMW have done a great job hiding it, because the iX1 is nimble and fun.

The iX1 we tested has two electric motors, one driving the front wheels and one the rears. Needless to say, there’s excellent traction and it feels nicely composed.

Whether you go electric or not, BMW’s baby SUV is a practical proposition with plenty of space inside the cabin and superb leg and headroom in the back.

BMW X1

Boot space varies according to the degree of electrification, but peaks at 540 litres for the petrols and diesels (1,600 litres with the 40/20/40-split seats folded).

Finally, the X1 is safe too. Awarded a maximum five stars by  Euro NCAP, it’s packed with safety and driver assistance goodies as standard, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning and speed limit assist, plus an additional centre airbag between the driver and front passenger seats.

Premium rivals include the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Lexus UX and Volvo XC40.

Verdict: The latest-gen BMW X1 goes straight to the top of the class with its winning blend of space, technology, driving engagement and quality. If you’re looking for a classy, compact family SUV, the X1 should head your shortlist.

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BMW X1

South Africa Win The 2022 BMW International Motorrad GS Trophy

It’s a double victory as South Africa win the 2022 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy, in both the Male and Female competitions.

The seven days of enduro riding and off-road challenges covered 1230km and included 15 special tests. At the start, it was the UK team who led the male standings, with Germany heading the female riders. But over the course of the week, the South African teams began to overhaul the leaders, moving into the top spots by the end of Day 6 and holding their lead until the finish.

South Africa Win The 2022 BMW International Motorrad GS TrophySouth Africa Win The 2022 BMW International Motorrad GS Trophy
The challenge involved a wide variety of terrain to tackle by motorcycle

The challenges included everything from beach riding to technical enduro trails through hills and descents, mixed with guiding blindfolded riders around a course, a paddleboard race, slow speed competitions and more.

Teams had to work together to tackle special tests, as well as the challenges of tough enduro riding
Teams had to work together to tackle special tests, as well as the challenges of tough enduro riding

BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2022 Final Standings

Male Teams:

  • 1. South Africa 217 points
  • 2. United Kingdom 204
  • 3. Germany 185
  • 4. China 2020 169
  • 5. USA 165
  • 6. Netherlands 155
  • 7. Thailand 146
  • 8. South Korea 142
  • 9. Latin America 141
  • 10. Mexico 139
  • 11. France 133   
  • 12. India 120
  • 13. China 2022 113
  • 14. Brazil 100
  • 15. Japan 88

Female Teams:

  • 1. South Africa 297
  • 2. Germany 296
  • 3. Mexico 264
  • 4. France 241
  • 5. Latin America 237
  • 6. Brazil 167

If you’re inspired to try and qualify yourself, then keep an eye out for details of future events on this site, and on the official BMW Motorrad UK website. And keep up with all the latest BMW motorcycle news, including bikes, events and more, here.

And if you’re tempted to invest in a BMW GS to start practising, or for your own off-road adventure, then why not take a look at the wide range of motorcycles currently advertised for sale via eBay?

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2022 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy Begins

The UK heads the list of teams competing as the 2022 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy begins in Albania. They head the male competition from Thailand and South Africa, while the top three female teams are Germany, South Africa and Mexico.

With a course made of 65km of Tarmac and 135km off-road, the competition began with the ‘Welcome Trail’ on a jagged ride above the coastline, before travelling through the lowlands to take on the second special test of the day, with the ‘Holta Enduro Lap’. This saw them tackle a course crossing water, with mud and stone banks to navigate.

The 2022 BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy beginsNational teams are competing over 1230km of off-road riding and special tests
National teams are competing over 1230km of off-road riding and special tests

The UK team is made up of motorcycle workshop owner Fred Adams from Bristol, inspection engineer Craig Searles from Leominster, and Kyle Robertson, a goods importer from Llanrwst in Wales.

If you’re inspired to try and qualify yourself, then keep an eye out for details of future events on this site, and on the official BMW Motorrad UK website. And keep up with all the latest BMW motorcycle news, including bikes, events and more, here.

And if you’re tempted to invest in a BMW GS to start practising, or for your own off-road adventure, then why not take a look at the wide range of motorcycles currently advertised for sale via eBay?

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Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate 50 years of BMW M

Gareth Herincx

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Goodwood Festival of Speed Central to celebrate 50 years of BMW M

The Central Feature at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will pay homage to half century of BMW’s Motorsport division.

The impressive sculpture at the event, which takes place between June 23-26, will showcase some of the most iconic models developed by BMW M.

Since the first Central Feature in 1997, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has become synonymous with the bold and innovative sculptures which each year celebrate the extraordinary achievements of a different manufacturer or milestone.

BMW’s Motorsport division was launched in May 1972 with only 35 employees. However, it soon became one of the most successful racing departments in the world.

Today, BMW M GmbH stands for compelling driving every day on the road, as well as on the racetrack – and 2022 sees BMW M celebrate its 50th anniversary, with a number of exciting launches and celebrations planned throughout the year, including the Festival of Speed’s monumental Central Feature.

Attendees of the Goodwood Festival of Speed can look forward to seeing BMW M’s most celebrated vehicles take to the Hill across the weekend, with many of its famous drivers behind the wheel alongside other special moments.

BMW will be present in two main locations; BMW M at Trackside and within the iconic Stable Yard – both locations will enable visitors to see the latest cars up close.

“We are delighted to be celebrating 50 years of BMW’s hugely successful Motorsport division at this year’s Festival of Speed, and it is especially fitting as we prepare to honour ‘The Innovators – Masterminds of Motorsport’,” said the Duke of Richmond.

“BMW M’s success can of course be attributed to half a century of innovation and we look forward to honouring the marque’s past, present and future achievements at Goodwood in June.”

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