ShiftCam technology manages valve lift and cam timing, adjusting it for optimum performance and efficiency at low and high revs, allowing for a wider spear of torque throughout the rev range.
New patent applications indicate that BMW Motorrad’s made-in-India 310 model may soon get the brand’s ShiftCam variable valve timing technology. BMW Motorrad already has the variable valve technology in its BMW R 1250 boxer twin model as well as the BMW S 1000 RR inline-four engine. With the patent application, it is possible that the BMW G 310 R, BMW G 310 GS and the BMW G 310 RR will also benefit from this technology in the near future.
The BMW R 1250 boxer twin model as well as the BMW S 1000 RR inline-four engine features variable valve technology
The advantage of variable valve technology, in simple terms, is that there is a wider spread of torque throughout the rev range. The basic premise of the technology is that it also manages cam timing and valve lift. The system aids in channeling unburned intake charge to the exhaust, improving efficiency and reducing emissions. At higher revs, the system allows valve lift and duration to be increased, allowing more air and fuel mixture into the cylinders thus increasing peak power and maximum torque. The system manages the valve timing, harnessing it both at low revs and high revs for optimum efficiency and power.
BMW Motorrad currently uses TVS Motor Company’s 310 engine.
BMW Motorrad currently has 310 engines made in India by TVS Motor Company, as well as the C 400 scooter made in China by Loncin. As of now, there is no information on which engines will benefit from BMW’s ShiftCam technology, or whether it will be introduced in an entirely new engine. More details are awaited, but at this stage, we cannot rule out completely new single-cylinder engines that will benefit from this technology.