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      01-31-2009, 05:00 PM   #1
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BMW's most succesful engine

As the name suggests what is BMW's most succesful engine they have ever made? I know there is alot of hype about the N54 and it has won numerous awards but is there any other succesful engine that BMW is renowned for?
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      01-31-2009, 05:28 PM   #2
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Don't overlook the 500cc boxer (motorcycle engine). Some might say the F1 1.5L turbo from the eighties. I really like the S54B32 from the E46 M3.
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FYI - if you're a reader, here is a set of books from BMW Dimensions that covers the history of their engines up to about 2000 or so: http://www.autobookworld.com/shopexd.asp?id=2350

PS - I found a set cheaper than the listed reference. They're now on the bookshelf. ; -)
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Perhaps the M50? It is my favorite at least because it spawned so many awesome engines...leading to the S54B30.

If not that, then perhaps the P86/9. If not that then the S70/2.

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McLaren F1's 6.1L V12.
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Perhaps the M50? It is my favorite at least because it spawned so many awesome engines...leading to the S54B30.
There's an ok Wiki on the M50: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_M50
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If not that, then perhaps the P86/9.
And here's some info on the P86: http://emagazine.credit-suisse.com/a...128192&lang=en
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      02-01-2009, 01:39 PM   #8
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Successful at what? Pure all out performance? Power per liter? Efficiency?
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FYI - if you're a reader, here is a set of books from BMW Dimensions that covers the history of their engines up to about 2000 or so: http://www.autobookworld.com/shopexd.asp?id=2350

PS - I found a set cheaper than the listed reference. They're now on the bookshelf. ; -)

Fantastic books !!
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McLaren F1's 6.1L V12.
In rememberance of Paul Rosche.
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McLaren F1's 6.1L V12.
LOL, and it won Le Mans in 1995 almost stock.
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      02-02-2009, 04:14 AM   #13
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It just sounds sooo good. Maybe the V8 is more efficient, idc. This engine just sounds so unique.

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^^^ thats a cool photo
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      02-02-2009, 01:33 PM   #15
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hard to complain about the I6's the same basic design goes back many versions, I would group them all together
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S54B32 or N54 IMO
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the n54 would be a great engine if it didnt have so many problems

id say the s54 is one of their best...not just cuz i have one
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Agree on the 6.1l V12 used in the McLaren.
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      02-05-2009, 08:17 PM   #19
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the n54 would be a great engine if it didnt have so many problems

id say the s54 is one of their best...not just cuz i have one
+1 to the N54's problems
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McLaren F1's 6.1L V12.
Agreed...
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the de-tuned now with lag n54 sucks
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Wouldn't be the 3.0L I6? It's been in every car they make at some point
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