The Munich-based company is shifting production of V8 engines from Germany to Great Britain and Upper Austria. In Steyr they are assembled in an existing assembly hall on 2,250 square metres. These engines are the most powerful engines ever produced by Steyr and deliver up to 625 hp. They power the 8 Series M models, which accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just 3.2 seconds.
It takes eight hours to build one engine and the work is mostly done by hand. Niklas Berberich, series manager of V8 assembly, explains: “Our experienced employees assemble more than 500 individual parts of the highly complex drives in factory style. Thanks to our location information, these processes are linked like clockwork.
Around 700 V8 engines are expected to be produced at the BMW Group plant in Steyr by the end of 2023. Production capacity will be gradually expanded until spring 2024, with more than 100 employees producing more than 30 eight-cylinder engines every day in the final expansion phase. BMW is investing approximately 21 million euros in this project