|BMW S38 engine|
|Block material||Cast iron|
The BMW S38 is a straight-6 DOHC petrol engine which replaced the M88 and was produced from 1984-1995. The S38 was originally produced for North America as an equivalent to the M88 with slightly lower power output. In 1989, power output of the S38 was increased and it became the worldwide replacement for the M88.
The S38 is based on the M88/3 engine. Compared to the M88/3, the S38 has a lower compression ratio (9.8:1), simplified exhaust manifold, catalytic converter, dual-row timing chain and a shorter camshaft duration. As per the M88/3, the S38 uses a DOHC valvetrain with shim-and-bucket valve actuation. Air intake is via six individual throttle bodies with intake trumpets, fed by a cast aluminum intake plenum.
|S38B35||3,453 cc (210.7 cu in)||190 kW (255 hp)
at 6,500 rpm
|330 N⋅m (243 lb⋅ft)
at 4,500 rpm
|S38B36||3,535 cc (215.7 cu in)||232 kW (311 hp)
at 6,900 rpm
|360 N⋅m (266 lb⋅ft)
at 4,750 rpm
|S38B38||3,795 cc (231.6 cu in)||250 kW (335 hp)
at 6,900 rpm
|400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
at 4,750 rpm
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For the S38B36, the displacement was increased to 3,535 cc (216 cu in). This was achieved by increasing the stroke by 2 mm (0.079 in) to 86 mm (3.39 in), by using a new forged steel crankshaft. Other changes included revised camshafts, compression ratio increasing to 10:1, a variable-length inlet manifold (to improve low-rev torque), equal length stainless steel exhaust headers a hotwire mass airflow sensor (MAF) and Bosch Motronic engine management.
In late 1991, BMW further enlarged the S38 engine to 3,795 cc (231.6 cu in), by increasing the bore to 94.6 mm (3.72 in) and the stroke to 90 mm (3.54 in). Power increased to 250 kW (335 hp) at 6,900 rpm and torque increased to 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 4,750 rpm.
The engine management was upgraded to Motronic 3.3 and the ignition system was upgraded to coil-on-plug ignition. Other changes include the compression ratio increasing to 10.5:1, a dual-mass flywheel, an exhaust manifold made from Inconel, larger intake and exhaust valves, lighter pistons, and the throttle bodies increasing by 4 mm (0.16 in) to 50 mm (2.0 in).
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|M88 / M90||S38|
|Production of previous model continues in parallel|