BMW B38

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BMW B38 engine
Overview
Manufacturer BMW
Production 2013 – current
Layout
Configuration straight-3 DOHC
Chronology
Predecessor BMW N13

The BMW B38 is a turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol engine which replaced the 4-cylinder BMW N13 and has been in production since 2013. It is part of a modular BMW engine family of 3-cylinder (B38), 4-cylinder (B48) and 6-cylinder (B58) petrol engines,[1] which use a displacement of 500 cc (30.5 cu in) per cylinder.

The B38 is used in front-wheel drive cars (such as the Mini Hatch and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer), as well as BMW's traditional rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive (xDrive) configurations. The first car to use the B38 is the BMW i8 hybrid sportcar,[2] where it is used as a transverse mid-mounted engine.[3]

Design[edit]

The B38 features direct injection, an 11:1 compression ratio,[4] variable valve timing (dual-VANOS) and a single-scroll turbocharger with the world's first aluminium turbine housing,[5][6] manufactured by Continental.

On the 1.2 Litre versions, the bore is 78 mm (3.1 in) and the stroke is 83.6 mm (3.3 in). On the 1.5 Litre versions, the bore is 82 mm (3.2 in) and the stroke is 94.6 mm (3.7 in).

Models[edit]

Engine Displacement Power Torque Years
B38A12U0[7][8] 1,198 cc (73 cu in) 55 kW (74 bhp)
@ 4000 rpm
150 N⋅m (111 lb⋅ft)
@1400-4000 rpm
2014-
75 kW (101 bhp)
@ 4250 rpm
180 N⋅m (133 lb⋅ft)
@ 1400-4000 rpm
2014-
B38A15M0[8][9][10] 1,500 cc (92 cu in) 100 kW (134 bhp)
@ 4400-6000 rpm
220 N⋅m (162 lb⋅ft)
@ 1250-4300rpm
2014-
B38K15T0[3] 170 kW (228 bhp)
@ 5800 rpm
320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft)
@ 3700 rpm
2013-

B38A12U0[edit]

Applications:[7]

55 kW (74 hp) version:

  • 2014-current F55/F56 Mini One First

75 kW (101 hp) version:

B38A15M0[edit]

Applications:[9] 75 kW (101 hp) version:

  • 2015-current BMW F45/F46 216i Active Tourer / Gran Tourer
  • 2018-current F55/F56 Mini One

80 kW (107 hp) version:

100 kW (134 hp) version:

  • 2015-current BMW F20/F21 118i
  • 2015-current BMW F22/F23 218i coupe / convertible
  • 2014-current BMW F45/F46 218i Active Tourer / Gran Tourer
  • 2015-current BMW F30/F31 318i
  • 2015-current BMW F48 X1 sDrive18i[11]
  • 2014-current F55/F56 Mini Cooper
  • 2015-current F54 Mini Clubman
  • 2017-current F60 Mini Countryman
  • 2017-current F39 X2 sDrive18i

B38K15T0[edit]

Applications:[3]

  • 2013-current BMW I12 i8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BMW modular engines: B37, B38, B47 and B48". www.bmwblog.com. Retrieved 10 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "BMW Dreizylinder-Motoren: Mehr Details im Interview mit Dr. Lopez". www.bimmertoday.de (in German). Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Product information: I12 Powertrain". www.bimmerpost.com. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "BMW B38 Three Cylinder Turbocharged Engines". www.unixnerd.demon.co.uk. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Continental Supplies World's First Turbocharger with Aluminum Turbine Housing in Cars". www.continental-corporation.com. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Inside Continental's new aluminum turbocharger". www.sae.org. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "B38A12U0". bmwarchive.de. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "3-CYLINDER GASOLINE ENGINES". www.bmwgroup.com. Archived from the original on 14 December 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "B38A15M0". www.bmwarchive.de. Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "HARDTOP 2 DOOR: ALL FEATURES". www.miniusa.com. Retrieved 29 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "BMW X!: At a glance". www.bmw.com. Retrieved 28 May 2017.