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BMW Engine Codes

Petrol Engines

Straight-4 Engines

  • 1960–1987 — 1.5 and 2.0 L engine M10 (SOHC cylinder head)
  • 1986–1991 — 2.0 and –2.5 L S14 engine for M3 (DOHC cylinder head)
  • 1987–1995 — 1.6 and 1.8 L M40 (SOHC cylinder head)
  • 1989–1996 — 1.8 L M42 (DOHC cylinder head)
  • 1991–2002 — 1.6, 1.8 and 1.9 L M43 (SOHC cylinder head)
  • 1996–2001 — 1.9 L M44 (DOHC cylinder head)
  • 2001–2004 — 1.8 and2.0 L N42 (DOHC VANOS Valvetronic cylinder head)
  • 2004–2007 — 1.8 and 2.0 L N46 (DOHA Valvetronic cylinder head)
  • 2004–2011 — 1.6 and 2.0 L N45 (DOHC VANOS)
  • 2007–2011 — 1.6 and 2.0 L N43 (DOHC, direct fuel injection)
  • 2011–current — 2.0 L N20 (turbocharged engine, DOHC cylinder head, VANOS, Valvetronic and direct fuel injection)
  • 2011–current — 1.6 L N13 (turbocharged, DOHC cylinder head, VANOS, Valvetronic, direct fuel injection)
  • 2012– — 2.0 L N26 (turbocharged, DOHC cylinder head, VANOS, Valvetronic, direct fuel injection)

 

Straight-6 Engines

  • 1933 M78 1.2 and 1.9 Litre engine
  • 1936 M328 2.0 and 2.1 Litre engine
  • 1939 M335 3.5 Litre engine
  • 1952 M337 2.0 and 2.1 Litre engine
  • 1968 M30 2.5 and 3.5 Litre engine
  • 1977 2.0 and 2.7 Litre M20 SOHC cylinder head (12v) 1978 - 3.5 L M88 and S38 for M1, M5 and M6
  • 1980 M102 3.2 Litre turbocharged engine
  • 1982 M106 3.4 Litre turbocharged engine
  • 1989 - 2.0 and 3.0 L M50 DOHC engine (24v) with VANOS cylinder head on M50TU (technical upgrade)
  • 1994 - 2.0 and 2.8 L M52 M52 DOHC cylinder haed (24v) with VANOS and Double VANOS on M52TU (technical upgrade)
  • 1995 - 3.0 L S50 for BMW M3
  • 1996 - 3.2 L S52 for M3
  • 2000 - 2.2 and 3.0 L M54 aluminium block and cylinder heads DOHC 24v with Double VANOS
  • 2002 - 3.2 L S54 cast iron block DOHC cylinder head (24v)
  • 2005 - 2.5 and 3.0 L N52 magnesium/aluminium engine block cylinder head DOHC 24v with Double VANOS and Valvetronic
  • 2006 - 3.0 L N54 aluminium block and cylinder head DOHC 24v and twin turbocharged engine
  • 2007 - 2.5 and 3.0 L N53 magnesium/aluminium block and cylinder head DOHC 24v with Double VANOS
  • 2009 - 3.0 L N55 single turbocharger, features these technologies (TwinPower Turbochargers, Valvetronic cylinder head)

 

V8 Engines

  • 1951 - 2.6 and 3.2 L OHV (over head camshaft engine)
  • 1992 - 3.0 and 4.0 L M60 engine
  • 1996 - 3.5 and 4.4 L M62 engine
    • 1998 - 4.9 and 5.0 L S62 for E39 and E52 M5 and Z8
  • 2001 - 3.6-4.6 L N62 with SFI fuel injection, Double-VANOS and Valvetronic
  • 2004 - 4.8 L N62 for X5 4.8is 2004-2006
  • 2005 - 4.0 L P60B40
  • 2007 - 4.0 L S65 for E90/92/93 M3
  • 2008 - 4.4 L N63 twin turbo engine
    • 2009 - 4.4 L S63 twin turbo engine with TwinPower Turbo and Cylinder bank Comprehensive Manifold
    • 2005 - 5.0 L S85 for E60, M5 and E63 M6 vehicles

 

V12 Engines
  • 1986 - 5.0 L M70
  • 1992 - 5.6 L S70
  • 1993 - 5.4 L M73
  • 1994 - 6.1 L S70/2
  • 2003 - 6.0 L N73
  • 2009 - 6.0 L N74 twinturbo engine (TwinPower, Valvetronic, Double VANOS

 

Diesel Engines

Straight-4 Engines

1994–2000 1.7 L M41 diesel

  • 1998–2006 — 2.0 L M47 diesel engine
  • 2006–present — 2.0 L N47 Diesel engine

 

Straight-6 Engines
  • 1983–1993 — 2.4 L M21 diesel engine
  • 1991–1998 — 2.5 L M51 diesel engine
  • 1998–present — 2.5 and 3.0 L M57 diesel engine
  • 2008–present — 2.5 and 3.0 L N57 diesel engine

 

V8 Engines

  • 1998-2009 — 3.9 L M67 diesel engine

 

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