|BMW M88 engine|
|Block material||Cast iron|
|Valvetrain||DOHC (M88) |
The M88 was produced alongside the BMW M30 engine, as the higher performance engine. In North America up until 1989, the BMW S38 engine was used instead of the M88. In 1989, an updated version of the S38 became the worldwide replacement for the M88.
The M90 is a SOHC engine which is based on the M88/1.
BMW engineers used DOHC valvetrain on a production engine for the first time on the M88, with the camshafts driven by a single-row timing chain. Kugelfischer fuel injection was used with individual throttle valves and the distinctive six individual throttle bodies.
|M88/1||204 kW (273 hp)
at 6,500 rpm
|330 N⋅m (243 lb⋅ft)
at 5,000 rpm
|M88/2||671 kW (900 hp)|
|M88/3||213 kW (286 hp)
at 6,500 rpm
|340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft)
at 4,500 rpm
|M90||160 kW (215 hp)
at 5,200 rpm
|304 N⋅m (224 lb⋅ft)
at 4,000 rpm
- 1978-1981 M1
For Group 5 racing, the M88 engine was turbocharged and became known as the M88/2. This race engine produced up to 670 kW (900 hp).
- Group 5 racing cars
The M88/1 engine was modified for use in the E24 M635CSi and E28 M5 and was known as the M88/3. The Kugelfischer fuel injection was replaced with Bosch Motronic producing 213 kW (286 hp) at 6,500 rpm and 340 N⋅m (251 lbf⋅ft) at 4,500 rpm. It has a compression ratio of 10.5:1.
The M90 engine is a lower performance SOHC engine that was based on the M88/1. It utilizes the same block from the M88 and maintains the same bore and stroke, but borrows its head from the BMW M30 engine family. Different years of M90 engines used both Bosch Motronic and Bosch L-Jetronic engine management systems. Typically identified by a white L painted on the block behind the oil filter housing and coolant water passages on the side of the block.
The M90 sold in Europe and most other markets (except North America) used a compression ratio of 9.3:1, did not have a catalytic converter and produced 160 kW (215 hp).
- BMW S14 - Four-cylinder engine based on the M88
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