Visiting Germany part – 8: BMW Museum
The last museum for us to visit was the BMW Museum in Munich. This was my second time here since 2013, and things haven’t changed much. What’s interesting? Let’s see.
Not so flattering in reality
So, the big salad bowl you see is the BMW museum. The taller tower is the BMW Welt. We drove, but you can take the train here too and get off at the Olympiazentrum.
BMW i3 charging
It’s not as aesthetic as the Mercedes-Benz Museum, but it certainly is recognizable from a distance.
The MINI and Rolls Royce brands belong to BMW so you can expect to see a few of them in the BMW Welt.
To be honest, I wasn’t paying much attention to the MINIs, but now I realise, this was where I first encountered the MINI Electric (or MINI Cooper SE). The MINI Cooper Se was launched in Malaysia in 2020, but only 40 of them were brought in (which were all sold out).
You can check out a few Rolls Royce cars too - certainly not within the budget for most of us, but still interesting to look at nonetheless.
We booked a factory tour for this visit, so we had to claim our tickets at the BMW Welt first. If you wish to visit the BMW museum only, you can do so too, but it would be waste not check out the BMW Welt to see the latest offerings by BMW.
How it looks in the BMW Welt
No pictures were allowed during the factory visit, so let’s just get to the displays in the BMW Museum. Like Mercedes, the display starts from the top floor and it’s a leisurely downhill walk to the end.
Clay model of the G20
You’ll first be greeted by some art and design stuff that has been in the museum for some time now. There’s a clay model of the G20 with a section of it cut out to show you the wooden block underneath the clay.
Then there’s some floaty ball stuff that shows the silhouettes of some BMW cars.
There are motorbikes too, but we shall focus on the cars.
Expect to see some aviation history and some massive engines in the early stages of the display.
Most engines are 6 cylinders and above, so it’s quite interesting to observe. You would have to be an absolute nerd to really appreciate these things. Good stuff.
It’s interesting to see how complex the ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) has become since its earlier days. So much thought and trial and error has gone into developing these mechanical beings.
And while highly functional, merely staring at the curves and finish of these engines evoke imaginary memories speed, raw power, great sounds, and the smell of burning gasoline. Just look at those shiny bell mouth intakes and crazy headers.
Now, it looks like we shall be moving on to permanent magnet AC motors and solid-state lithium batteries. Interesting times ahead, but we shall not forget how crazy things got with the internal combustion engine.
Red light district
I’m no BMW connoisseur, and I’m not going to pretend to be an expert. Best I can do is to share pictures of some the older BMWs I found interesting during my visit.
BMW 328 Coupe
BMW M3 (E30)
Nice to look at but so practical in Malaysia, BMW’s famous cabriolets like the Z1, Z3, and Z8 were parked next each other towards the end of the exhibition.
You already know the Z1 has a weird door and easily removable body panels.
The BMW Z3 looks more sports-car like in the cabriolet trim. The coupe version just looks like a hatchback.
The BMW Z8 still looks fresh in 2021, despite debuting in 2000. An interesting take on the kidney grille too with a horizontal stretch instead.
There’s some stuff for those who like racing liveries too. This part hasn’t changed since 2013.
1975 BMW 3.0 CSL
1977 BMW 320
1989 BMW M3
Concept from the past
Nice to see what we thought the future would like a few years ago. Unfortunately, the hydrogen BMW cars are no longer displayed in the museum.
So, that’s pretty much it. Nice display at the BMW museum to mark the end of our trip to Germany.
I’ve been busy and will only get busier, but I’ll find time to update the website whenever I can. Hope you enjoyed the pictures.
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