S52B32 Engine

s52b32 engine specs

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The S52 engine — the high-performance version of the 6-cylinder engine developed on the basis of the M52 engine for the sedan, a coupe and a cabriolet of BMW M3 in E36 chassis.

The engine was intended only for North America as an alternative to 3,2-liter S50B32. The power S52B32US unit was issued from 1994 to 2000 and was made in a number of 37 790 units. Then the engine was replaced by S54B32.

BMW M3 E36 Sound

BMW S52B32 Engine Specs

Manufacturer Munich Plant
Also called BMW S52/S52B32
Production 1995-2000
Cylinder block alloy Cast-iron
Configuration Straight-6
Valvetrain DOHC
4 valves per cylinder
Piston stroke, mm (inch) 89.6 (3.53)
Cylinder bore, mm (inch) 86.4 (3.40)
Compression ratio 10.5
Displacement 3152 cc (192.3 cu in)
Power output 176 kW (240 HP) at 6,000 rpm
Torque output 320 Nm (236 lb·ft) at 3,800 rpm
Redline 6,500
HP per liter 76.1
Fuel type Gasoline
Weight, kg (lbs) 141 (311)
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (mpg)
for E36 M3 US
16.1 (14)
10.1 (23)
13.3 (17)
Turbocharger Naturally aspirated
Oil consumption , L/1000 km
(qt. per miles)
up to 1.0
(1 qt. per 750 miles)
Recommended engine oil 0W-30
Engine oil capacity, L (qt.) 5.5 (5.8)
Oil change interval, km (miles) 5,000-10,000
Normal engine operating temperature, °C (F) ~90 (195)
Engine lifespan, km (miles)
-Official information

400,000+ (250,000)
Tuning, HP
-Max HP
-No life span loss

Engine Applications:

  • BMW M3 E36
  • BMW Z3M


  • cast iron block;
  • aluminum cylinder head with four valves per cylinder;
  • two-stage change VANOS variable valve timing;
  • special piston rings;
  • lightweight pistons;
  • stronger valve springs;
  • forged crankshaft;
  • new exhaust system;
  • increased bore and stroke, which increased a working volume by 162 cc;
  • the increased compression ratio in comparison with M52;
  • upgraded engine management system that can calculate 20 million operations per second;
  • separate plates of a throttle valve for each cylinder;
  • two-mass flywheel;
  • graphite coating rods;
  • larger inlet valves;
  • secondary oil pump;
  • additional cooling channels;
  • the facilitated details of a gas distribution mechanism;
  • reinforced timing chain and sprockets;

BMW S52B32 Engine Problems and Reliability

Problem Reason
Coolant leaks The reason – plastic slim body of the thermostat.
Overheating Fluid entering the cylinders when the engine is overheated: the cause – increased channel for the antifreeze in the cylinder head.
Burnout pistons Cause of the problem – high speed and voracity of the oil.
Faulty / frozen membrane Perhaps the valve of ventilation of crankcase fumes
High level of motor oil consumption The reason is covered in an excessive pressure or, the piston rings wears out.

All of the M52 / S52 BMW engine series have plastic slim body thermostat. Over time, under temperature it causes leakage of the coolant. Increased channels for coolant in the head increases the likelihood of liquid into the cylinders when the engine overheats. Increased oil consumption may lead to trouble with the engine at high loads. At high speeds and

Increased oil consumption may lead to trouble with the engine at high loads. At high speeds and oil gluttony occurs burnout pistons. The outlet valve burn through less. The valve of ventilation crankcase

The valve of ventilation crankcase gases create problems with faulty or frozen membrane. Wink failure increased oil consumption or extruded gaskets (seals) from overpressure. Double VANOS change after 200 thousand

Double VANOS should be changed after every 200 thousand kilometers of run. Air leakage through the intake manifold and changing the lambda probe – one of the business cards of the motor.

Air leakage through the intake manifold and changing the lambda probe – one of the business cards of the motor.


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