BMW’s Single-Cylinder Models Set to Blaze a Trail with Cutting-Edge ShiftCam Technology


BMW‘s single-cylinder models could get a high-tech upgrade! The iconic G 310 R and G 310 GS can be equipped with the ShiftCam technology, featuring variable valve timing and lift, according to a new patent filling.

This cutting-edge advancement promises to take your riding experience to the next level, with improved power delivery and performance. It is currently in use on top models such as the R 1250 GS and S 1000 RR.

ShiftCam alters cam timing and valve lift by shifting the inlet camshaft, providing a conservative cam profile at low revs for increased torque. The low-rpm cam lobe also reduces overlap, improving efficiency and reducing emissions.

At high RPMs, the low-lift cam profile fails to deliver enough air-fuel mixture. ShiftCam switches to a more aggressive cam profile with greater lift and duration, allowing more air and fuel for increased power and torque. Advanced valve timing increases overlap without compromising efficiency or emissions.

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The ShiftCam system in the new patent is similar to that found in the R 1250 and S 1000 engines, but tailored for a more compact single-cylinder design. The solenoid actuator is located between the two intake valves, allowing for a conventional-length camshaft.

In addition, the spark plug is fitted at an angle, and an additional idler gear connects the intake and exhaust cams. The camshaft slides, rather than relying on a direct chain drive from the crankshaft.

So far, there is still no confirmation that the G 310 R and G 310 GS will receive this technology, but this possibility is very high since, together with the C 400 scooter, they are the company’s only single-cylinder models currently being produced.

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