BMW is known for producing high-performance engines, making it difficult to determine the best one. However, some of the top BMW engines include:
- BMW S55 Engine: Found in the F80 M3 and F82 M4, this 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six engine produces 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. It is known for its smooth power delivery and high revving capabilities.
- BMW N54 Engine: Found in the E90/E92/E93 3 Series, the 135i, 335i and 535i, this 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged inline-six engine produces 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. It is known for its easy modifiability and its ability to produce impressive power gains with simple bolt-on modifications.
- BMW S65 Engine: Found in the E92 M3, this 4.0-liter V8 engine produces 414 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. It is known for its high-revving capabilities and its ability to produce a unique exhaust note.
- BMW S85 Engine: Found in the E60 M5 and E63 M6, this 5.0-liter V10 engine produces 500 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque. It is known for its high-revving capabilities and its unique exhaust note.
- BMW B58 Engine: Most commonly found in various F-chassis 3/4 series and the new Toyota Supra, this modular turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 replaced the ever-popular BMW N55. Much like its predecessors, it is know for its efficient power and upgradability.
Out of the engines listed above, the S55 engine is one of the most recent, which is found in F8X M3 and M4 models – it is considered one of the best BMW engines due to its impressive power output and smooth power delivery. The N54 is also a popular choice due to its modifiability, while the S65 and S85 engines are known for their high-revving capabilities and unique exhaust notes.
It's worth noting that BMW has also been developing electric powertrains and hybrids, the latest one is the iX electric SUV which features a 516 horsepower electric motor and a battery range of 300 miles. It's considered one of the most advanced electric SUVs in the market.
In conclusion, there is no one "best" BMW engine as each engine has its own unique characteristics and strengths. The S55, N54, S65, S85, and B58 engines are all considered to be among some of the best BMW engines ever produced, with the S55 and N54 being the most popular among automotive enthusiasts.
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