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E46 M3 (2001-2006) Engine: S54 - Max Hp: 333 hp at 7,900 rpm / 262 lb/ft at 4,900 rpm
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Old Thu, Oct-11-2007, 09:48:10 AM   #1
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Default Does BMW make "crate" motors?

I was talking to a co worker and he was telling me about how Ford makes race ready engine blocks which can be swapped out easily with a stock one. I believe he was referencing Mustang engines but I was wondeering if BMW had anything like that. Can you buy a replacement M engine ready to go? I may be way off but I'd love to hear some feedback!
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You can buy a replacement engine block for your BMW, sure, if you've got the bucks and the balls. But not in the same respect as the guys do with Mustangs. It wouldn't be race-ready or tuned up or anything like that. And when you are saying "swapped out easily" I am not sure that is an accurate statement. Ford and GM offer "crate motors" which are typically the block, and heads with pistons, valves, springs, con rods, sleeves, and crank already installed. You have to buy the rest. These engines are usually high-output, higher than the stock motor. They are used for building race cars - drag cars and stock cars, or maybe people making custom hot rods - grassroots racing and restoration type stuff. BMW does not typically participate in those types of things. Restorations, sure, but racing with crate motors, no.

Go Google Jegs or Summit Racing, sign up for their catalogs to see what I'm talking about. You'll learn a lot just by flipping through them.
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Old Thu, Oct-11-2007, 12:37:12 PM   #3
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I was talking to a co worker and he was telling me about how Ford makes race ready engine blocks which can be swapped out easily with a stock one. I believe he was referencing Mustang engines but I was wondeering if BMW had anything like that. Can you buy a replacement M engine ready to go? I may be way off but I'd love to hear some feedback!

i dont know if BMW offers crate (S54) motorsport engines, but VAC motorsports do! check out: www.vacmotorsports.com

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thats crazy:

S54 Race Engine
We have built the S54 for a variety of racing series, including Grand Am and BMW Club Racing. The engine pictured produced 435HP @ 7980 RPM and produced a peak of 325 Ft/Lb Torque @ 6000 RPM. Torque was at a minimum of 310 Ft/LB from 3800 RPM to 7700 RPM.

ME WANT! lol I wonder if anyone on here has this engine
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Wow I want a V10 crate motor!!!!
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Old Thu, Oct-11-2007, 03:46:25 PM   #6
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S54 Race Engine
We have built the S54 for a variety of racing series, including Grand Am and BMW Club Racing. The engine pictured produced 435HP @ 7980 RPM and produced a peak of 325 Ft/Lb Torque @ 6000 RPM. Torque was at a minimum of 310 Ft/LB from 3800 RPM to 7700 RPM.

ME WANT! lol I wonder if anyone on here has this engine

Wow thats awsome!!!!
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I wonder if its street legal.
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I can see this engine being in a race only car but who in their right mind would put this in there street car? You loose reliability, fuel econ. (race gas only), and it probably needs to be rebuilt every 2k - 3k miles.

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That's one awesome powerplant. However, it would seem that a supercharger would get you more power for less time, money and hassle.
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S54 Race Engine
We have built the S54 for a variety of racing series, including Grand Am and BMW Club Racing. The engine pictured produced 435HP @ 7980 RPM and produced a peak of 325 Ft/Lb Torque @ 6000 RPM. Torque was at a minimum of 310 Ft/LB from 3800 RPM to 7700 RPM.

ME WANT! lol I wonder if anyone on here has this engine



OMG N/A power at its finest right there!!! me want 1 too
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