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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 08-10-2012, 06:09 PM
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E36 Engine Question.

I have a question. Kinda new to the Forum.

I know that the 96-99 E36 M3 Had the S52B32(US). Is that engine a full iron block or a iron block with a aluminum head? Or all aluminum? And what kind of max power can you get out of it? And is it a good engine to turbocharge? Please let me know.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:03 PM
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Iron block, aluminum head. Absolute max n/a whp is around 300whp. Yes, if done right.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:10 PM
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Ok thank you. If i can remember, there was a Drift car that had a S52 that ran 700+hp. Is that possible? It had a turbo with high boost. Dont remember how much though....
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:26 PM
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Anything is possible. If you believe, aka have enough cash, you can achieve anything. TRM makes turbo kits that can push out 600+ whp on stock internals. However, if you're planning on anything over 350 whp I HIGHLY suggest a built motor.
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:27 PM
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Yeah thats what i thought. Thank you for answering my question.
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