BMW Engines: 318i, X5, 5 series, 7 series car engines

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BMW – A Leading manufacturer of high-performance car engines of all sizes. This therefore means they have a wide spread of performance engines. Everything right up to a silky smooth 5.5 litre V12. 

BMW engines are available at enginesandgearboxes.co.uk as used, reconditioned or secondhand. And don’t forget, one of the most dominant engines in the ’80s Formula One turbo era was a 1.5 litre BMW-based engine. See also some great savings on our Volvo Engines.

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BMW has made 5 and 6-liter engines for the 7 Series and 5-liter engines for the 8 Series model cars. BMW also made a 5.6-liter unit for the 850 CSi. All 5-liter 12-cylinder engines are two valves per cylinder units, while the new 6-liter engine has 4 valves per cylinder. The latest 7 Series models with V-12 power are the 760. This DOHC engine has 322.4 Kw / 438.00 BHP @ 6000.00 RPM with torque of Nm / 444.00 Ft-lbs @ 3950.00 RPM.


The E38 750iL, offered through 2001, was powered by a V-12 of 5.4 liters with single overhead camshafts and 2 valves per cylinder. The engine’s output was 326 horsepower.
The V-12 powering the new 760Li is a new design with 6.0 liters of displacement, dual overhead camshafts (per cylinder bank) and 4 valves per cylinder. Designated the N73, it is also related to the N62 V-8 engine that powers the two 745 models.

The V-12 configuration has long been recognized as an ultimate power plant concept, suited for top-class vehicles. According to BMW, its physics are ideal: 12 cylinders arranged in a 60° “vee” of two cylinder banks are perfectly balanced; combined with the relatively even power pulses of so many cylinders, this results in an extremely smooth propulsion unit.

Bmw Engine with the McLaren F1

The McLaren F1 with the BMW S70 engine had a 0-60 mph time of 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 230-240 mph. The McLaren set the world speed record of 240.1 mph for the fastest production car in March 1998.

The engine for the McLaren F1 LM model produced 680 hp and 520 ft-lbs of torque! Issued in honor of the McLaren F1’s that won the 1995 LeMans race, the LM’s set a 0-100-0 mph world record for a production car by ripping through the tach in a gut wrenching 11.5 seconds while traveling a distance of only 828.4 feet!

BMW’s V-8’s are best known by the M5 and Z8 models with V-8 power. The E39 M5 is the first M car powered by a V8 engine.

Featuring the S62 engine, the new M5 is the world’s most powerful sedan. With 400 hp at 6600 rpm, the M5 distances itself from its nearest competitor by no less than 30 hp. With a monumental 369 lb-ft. of torque at just 3800 rpm, the M5 delivers stunning thrust virtually throughout its wide rpm range.
V-8 Power has not always been M Power. In fact, back in the 50s BMW produced an aluminum V-8 engine.


This engine powered the 502 — BMW’s first post-war automobile — as well as the sporty 503 and 507 models. The BMW 502 was introduced at the Geneva Auto Show in 1954. The 502’s 2.6 liter powerplant was the world’s first light-metal (aluminum), standard production V-8 engine.

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Carl Wilson

You won't believe it, I'm native Scotsman. Enthusiast. Car lovers. Almost finished rebuilding my Reliant Saber 🔥

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