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E, F and M symbols: BMW uses internal technical code for its cars. Traditionally a letter `E signifies a chassis code (from German: Entwicklungscode - Development Code), while the very recent chassis use already letter `F followed by a number.

Letter `M signifies an engine code (from German: Motor), again followed by a number.

These codes are in use by repair shops. In fact BMW has thousands of these codes signifying different projects, however only a small number of them goes into the public use and become symbols of the specific BMW car or engine.

Please note that the same car chassis would have different engines and identical engines have been built into a different cars. So for example, you can have in a chassis E34 (BMW Five Series 1989-1996) several different engines as M20, M30, M40, M43, M50, M60. At the same time M50 engine used in E34 has been also used for several other chassis as E30 or E36.

Sport engines by BMW have code letters `S for Sport. New BMW engines are also marked with letters `N and "W" (engines for Mini).

 

BMW E and F chassis codes:

           
code cars years produced

 engines used

E3 2500, 2800, 3.0, 3.3 Li 1968-1977

M30

       called `New Six, sedan - while sports coupe was E9; , touring version of E3  was produced by  Langley Motors in Thames Ditton, UK; fast and reliable, predecessor of the 7 Series, 2500 and 2800 were sold in the US as Bavaria
E6 1502, 1600, 1602, 1800, 1802, 2000, 2002ti/tii     sedan, cabrio, touring, predecessor of the 3 series
E9 2500 - 3.0 CS, CSL, CSi  Coupe 1965-1975     Coupe, a predecessor of the 6 Series, so called 'New Six CS'
E12 5 Series - first generation 1972-1981      first generation 5 Series
E20 2002ti        a version of E6
E21 3 Series 19751983     first generation 3 Series
E23 7 Series 1977-1987      first generation 7 series, sedan, a touring version custom build, on board computer, ABS
E24 6 Series - first generation 1975-1989    first generation  6 Series: 630, 633, 635, 628, also M635 CSi, M6 and L6
E25 Turbo Concept also called X1 1972   only the prototype with gull wings doors, 2 cars made, designed by Paul Bracq,  later (1978)  this idea has been taken over by E26
E26 M1 1978-1981      only 470 were built
E28 5 Series - second generation 1982-1988    second generation 5 Series, sedan, touring custom build,  first M5 as well as M535, eta version (economical), touring and truck custom built,
E30 3 Series, sedan, 2 doors, cabrio, touring and a small  roadster Z-1  19841991     second generation 3 series, touring, cabrio, M3, 4WD ix, eta version (economical) and also a small sports car using the same platform: Z-1 (Z=Zukunft, in German means future)

 

E31 8 Series 1990-1998
E32 7 Series 1987-1994     second 7 Series generation, sedan, touring version exists only as custom built by Lorenz & Rankl Fahrzeugbau Wolfratshausen

 

E34 5 series - third generation, sedan, touring 1987 - June 1996

 M20, M30, M40, M43, M50, M60

   third generation 5 Series,  sedan and touring, also as a 4WD (525ix), M5 as sedan and touring
E36 3 Series 1992-1998      
E36/5  3 Series Compact 19941998  
E36/7 Z3 1997-2002      
E38 7 Series 1995-2002    third generation 7 series
E39 5 Series - fourth generation, sedan, touring 1997-2004      fourth generation 5 Series, also M5
E46  3 Series, sedan, coupe, cabrio, touring 19992005  
E52 Z8 2000-2004      
E53 X5      2000-  
E60 5 Series - sixth generation, sedan      2003- S85, N53    fifth generation 5 series, also M5
E61 5 Series - touring touring version of E60
E63 6 Series - 2nd generation: coupe

     2005 -

S85, N52, N62  

second generation 6 series, also M6; updated fall 2007

E64 6 series convertible     convertible from E63, also M6 as convertible
E65 7 Series      2003 -      
E66 7 Series long wheel base      2003 -    long wheel base version of E63, sedan
E68 7 series Hydrogen 2005-2007   never on sale, given to drive to some celebrities and EU ministers, a hydrogen pomp station created near Brussels in 2008
E70 X5 second generation 2007-      new X5  (from the model 2007), longer and if requested with more seat capacity, M version planned

E71

 X6

 2008 -    

 on sale, impressive and controversial, M version planned

E72 X6 ?   a Hybrid version of X6, prototype shown in the medias and in Paris during the Moniale 2008
E81 1 series,3 doors hatchback 2007-    

on sale, also in the US

E82 1 series 2 doors - coupe 2007-    

on sale, M1 sport version considered, prototype of tii version has been presented

E82/2

    Z2

planned 2011

 

      only prototypes were seen

E83 X-3

     2003 -

     

E84 

   X1

 planned end of 2009

 

      a small crossover car to be produced in Leipzig, Germany on a new 1-series platform, wider and bigger, the prototype has been shown in Paris for first few days of the Mondiale de L'Automobile  in Oct. 2008, single cars in test revied by the press,

E85  Z-4 - first generation

2002 - 2009

                
E 86 Z-4 Coupe

 2002 - 2008

   

 a coupe version of the Z-4 cabrio E85

E87 1 Series 5 doors

hatchback

     2004 -    

initially coded as E81

E88 1 Series - cabrio

 2008 -

   

  128, 135

E 89  Z-4 - second generation

2009 -

 

 

E90 3 Series sedan      2006 -      
E91   3 Series touring      2006 -  
E92 3 Series coup      2006 -                 CSL version remained a prototype
E93 3 Series cabrio  2007 -  

    also M3 convertible

  E99             V5       2010 - ?  

     MPV  called Progressive Activity Sedan: PAS, the whole idea seems uncertain

           

F01

    7 series

 2008 -

  the line has soften, the main idea remains unchanged

F02

   7 series, long wheel base

 2009 -

 7 series High Security

      long wheel version of the F01 sedan

  F03

   7 series High Security

    2009 -    

 high security version of BMW 750 Li and BMW 760 Li - F01

F04

    7 series Hybrid

a concept only

    hybrid version of the F01 sedan

  F0?

 8 series Light Base

 planned 2009

 

 often presented as F04 but recently like forgotten, based on the presented in April 2007 prototype BMW CS, this project was cancelled in Nov. 2008

  F07

 5 series Gran Turismo

     2009 -  

  5 door liftback van - derivative from F10 seventh generation 5 series

F10

    5 series - seventh generation

 2009 -,  M5 planned 2010

   

 

F11

 5 series seventh generation - Touring    

planned 2012

 

 

  F12

6 Series 3rd generation

planned 2011

                                    in testing
  F13

6 Series 3rd generation cabrio

planned 2012

     
  F14      6 series LC

planned 2012

          a Light Concept version of the 6 series

F 20

1 series - second generation  

 

      planned 2011

F25

    X3 second generation

 planned 2011

 

 should replace the present X3 produced for BMW by Magna in Graz Austria by a genuine BMW car produced in the  Spartanburg, SC  factory in the US; will be bigger

  F30

 3 series, seventh generation

planned 2012

     
      ?    the new X5                                                  in testing

?

    2 series ?

 

      only prototypes were seen, the whole idea of the 2 series is very uncertain

?

new M1 ?

   

a beautiful prototype has been shown as an 'Homage to M1"; according to the Car Magazine UK this will be a production car - here are the computer drawings, according to latest news (end of July 2008) it will not be produced

      ?

  X2  

 planned 2011

       a baby X6, similar styling but a small car base on a new 1 -series platform

     ?             Z2

  planned   2012

 

a small roadster oficially announced in April of 2009, planned are two engines 150 and 300 hp (!), dual clutch transmission

BMW Engines - codes M. S, N, W:

code

 cyl.

 capacity in liters

  years

 

 

  used in cars

 more info
M06 straight 6 2.5, 2.8  since 1968

 

 2500, 2800 sedans

on the Ward's 10 Best Engines of the 20th Century List, cloned in UK and used in British sports cars Bristol, Frazer-Nash, Lotus, Cooper, AC

M10/M12 straight 4

1.5,1.6, 1.8, 1.8 (IInd version),2.0

 1961-1987

 

   

 3,5 million produced, designed by Alex Falkenhausen, turbocharged version by Paul Rosche, M10 block used in M3 and Formula 1 (WChamp. 1983)

M20 straight 6 2.0, 2.3, 2.5, 2.7  1976-1992

 E28, E30 also Z1, E34

  different volumes had dofferent additional symbols B20, B23, B25, B2; the last one has been so called Eta engine - designed for efficiency >see below

M20 B27

Eta

straight 6 2,7      1982-1987

 

        E30 -325e,325es.  E28-525e (US: 528e)

  low rev motor tuned to fuel efficiency; last cars from Sept 87 had been redesigned - different motor head etc (so called Super-Eta)

M21 straight 6 2.4 diesel  

 

   
M30 straight 6 2.5, 2.8, 3.0, 3.3, 3.5

 1976-1994

   E3, E9, E32, E34

 often called `big six

M40 straight 4 1.6,1.8  

     
M41 straight 4 1.8

M42 straight 4 1.8  

     
M44 straight 4 1.9       1996 -

              E 36
M47 straight 4 1.9, diesel

1998-2006

 

 E39, E46, E60, E83, E87, E90, Rover 75

 
M50 straight 6 2.3, 2.5, 2.8  

  E30,  E34, last years of Z1

M51 straight 6 2.5,  diesel  

 

 E34, E36, E38, E39, Opel Omega  
M52 straight 6 2.0, 2.5, 2.8

 Vanos (TU version: double Vanos)

restrictive intake manifold because of German insurance regulations

M54 straight 6 2.2, 2.5, 3.0  

                              254 bhp
M57 straight 6 2.5, 2.9, 3.0,  diesel

since 1998

  E65, E90, E91

M60 V8 3.0,4.0

 1992-1996

 

E34 530i, E32 730i, 740i, 840i

 engine block from Nikasil (Silicone Injected Nickel)

M62 V8 3.5,4.4, 4.6, 4.9

   1996-2003   

E31 ,E38, E39, E53,

Land Rover

M67 V8 3.9, 4.4,  turbo diesel

1998 -2006

 

 E38-7 Series, E65-7 Series, E-66 - 7series L

 a BMW engine with most torque: 700Nm @ 1750rpm - M67 4423cc M67 D44 (8c/4v)

M70 V12 5.0

1986-1999

        E31, E32

220 kW (295 hp) @ 5300 rpm;          max torque: 450 Nm @ 4000 rpm;  max rpm: 60006400 rpm

M73 V12 5.3, 5.4, 5.5

 1993

 

E38 7-Series, E31 8-Series,  E38 7-Series (M73TU)

 Engine of the Year 1993

M88 straight 6 3.5

1974

    635 CSi, M635 CSi

  early non-catalyst version of S38

 

M102

straight 6 3.2       1979 - 1983

            E23 745

         turbocharged piston engine, Bosch L-Jetronic fuel injection system. 252 bhp

M106 straight 6 3.5 (3.43)

   1983 - 1986

            E23 745

         a newer version of M102; Bosch Motronic DME II,

               
S14 straight 4  

1982

     

race engine

S14 straight 4 2.3, custom made 2.5

 1986 -1991

  E30 M3

 derived from S38 engine , also versions: S14 EVO, 14 Sport EVO, based upon M10

S31 straight 6          

derived from M88 (M88/3)

S32 straight 6  

 

 

E26 M1

 derived from M88

S38 (B35, B36) straight 6 3.5 (3453 cm3) 3.6 (3535 cm3)

1987-1991

 

E24 M6, E28 M5, E34 M5

catalyst evolution of M88 engine; version B36: 6 DOHC 24V; 3.6 (315bhp), 3.8 (340bhp);

S38

(B38)

straight 6 3.8 (3795 cm3)        1992-1996

                 E34 M5

a version of S38,  second M5 motor for the E34: 340 hp

S 44 straight 4 2.0  

   

 a racing version of M44

S50 straight 6 3.2        1992 - 2000

 E36 M3

321 hp; BMW M Power inscription on the cam cover

S52 straight 6 3.2

 1994-2001

 

E36 M3

240hp,  North American version of S50, derived from M52

S54 straight 6 3.2

2001-2008

E46 M3, E 85 Z4M Roadster

derived from S50; only the M sign on the cam cover, ; 3.2L; won the International Engine of the Year Award 2001, Best New Engine Award 2001 Best Engine Award

S62 V8 5.0  

 

 E39 M5

 
S65 V8 4.0

  2007 -

 

E92 (M3)

   follower of S54

S70 V12 5.6

 1993 -1997

E31 (850)

  24 valve V12 constructed  for BMW 850, a version of M70

S70/2 V12 6.1

1991-1998

 

     McLaren F1

Formula 1 engine

 S85 V10

5

       2005-

 

 M5, M6

 inspired by Formula 1 engine; 507 hp, double Vanos, 10 individually controlled throttles; heavily encrypted DME software to prevent alterations

               
               
               
N12 (R50) straight 4 1.6    2005 -

  Mini R56, Peugeot 207

 so called Prince engine, produced together with PSA

N14 (R52, R53) straight 4 1.6 Turbo

 

 

 Mini Cooper S, Peugeot 207 RC

 
N40 straight 4 1.6, 2.0    2002-    

   E46 3 series

 
N42 straight 4 1.8,2.0    2001 - 2003

 

 E46 3 series

        double Vanos, Valvetronic
N45 straight 4 1.6, 2.0     2004 -

E87 116i, E90 316si

             without Valvetronic
N46 straight 4 1.8, 2.0 Valvetronic   2004 -

 

E46, E85, E87, E90

 
N52 straight 6 2.5,3.0  Valvetronic    2004 -

E60, E63,E64,E70, E83, E85, E87, E90

 also coded as R6 ?

N53 straight 6 2.5, 3.0    2007 -

 

 523: E61,E62;  325: E90, E91, E92, E93

 improved version of N52, 14th generation of the straight 6 engine, without Valvetronic

N54 straight 6 3.0+BiTurbo   2006 -

 

E60, E87, E90

 a wonderful turbo engine used in 1355i,335i,535i

N55 straight 6 so called Two Stream Turbo gasoline engine (dual scroll turbo)  2010-

 

 135i, 335i, new M1 (135is)

  a version of N54 with two stream turbo and Valvetronic, precision injection

N62 V8 3.6, 4.0,4.4,4.8 Valvetronic

E53, E60, E63, E63, E65, Wiesman GT

 
N63 V8

4.0

  2008 - 

 

E71 (X6)

   an aluminum, twin turbo v8

N64 V8 4.4 Bi-Turbo   2008 -

 

 E71 (X6)

 
               
N73 V12 6.0 Valvetronic    2003 -

E65, E66

first Valvetronic engine ever, more economical than V10 S85, replaced engine M73

W10 straight 4 1,.4, 1.6   2001 - 2004

  Mini  R 50, R53

W10 Tritec - result of the collabo Rover (then with BMW) with Chrysler; Straight 4 SOHC 16V; Engine of the Year 2003
1.6 (90-115bhp) non turbo

W11 straight 4 1.6 Turbo

   2003- 2004

 

 Mini Cooper S, JCW, GP

       W11 Tritec - Straight 4 SOHC 16V with Turbo - Eaton Supercharger
 

W17 straight 4 1.4 Diesel    2002 - 2004

 

Mini  R 50, R53

 direct injection turbo diesel produced by Toyota for Mini One D

               
Prince       2004 -

                  Mini

   BMW PSA Peugeot Citroen 1.4 Litre; 1,6 L; 1,6 Turbo, so called Prince, from 2007 in Mini,

 

 

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