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BMW 335i F30 N55

The BMW 335i was first introduced over a decade ago in 2007 and got a visual and power upgrade in 2012 when the F30 body style launched. It came equipped with the N55 engine, containing a twin-scroll turbo-charged 3.0 liter inline-6 which produced 300 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. Available as a sedan, this beast contributed greatly in the sale of BMW 3-series between 2012-2015. The production for the 335i model halted in 2015 as the new 340i spread its wings.

BMW M2 F87 N55

Out of all the cars in the M-series, the BMW M2 is probably the most loved one. While design and aesthetics are one aspect, the M2 has always given a sense of raw power and the old school engine vibe that loved to rev. To keep this feeling alive, BMW reinforced their N55 engine from the M235i/335i/435i, making it sturdier, durable and more stable while increasing its power output to 365 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

BMW M3 F80 S55

The BMW M3 F80 was introduced in 2014 as the only BMW saloon of that time. Featuring the brand new S55 engine, equipped with a twin-turbo 3.0 liter inline-6 it made it the first turbo-charged M3 model. This beast pushed a 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque that could do 0-60 mph in 4.1 sec. While the S55 was totally new at the time, it proved to handle lots of power with simple bolt on modifications.

BMW 320i/328i F30 N20/N26

The 320i and 328i have the same turbocharged 2.0L 4-cylinder, pushing a fun 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. The 328i outputs 60 horsepower more than 320i however. Both of these models have proven to reliably handle up to 300 horsepower with bolt ons and a flash tune.

BMW M4 F82 S55

The BMW M4 lunched in the year 2014, the M4 F82/F83 Coupe was debuted with the S55 twin-turbo 3.0 liter inline-6. Pushing 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque its linear power delivery and quick turbo-response made it immediately famous among all types of riders.

BMW 435i F32 N55

The first gen BMW 4-series, particularly the F32 coupe, was introduced as the successor of older E92/E93 models. The BMW 435i featured the classic 3.0 L, single turbo, 6-cylinder – N55 engine which pushed 300hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

BMW M2C F87 S55

The BMW M2C is a successor of older gen(OG) M2, it was released in 2018. While being the next gen for the M2 lineup, it is more similar to the M3/M4 series. Thanks to the twin-turbo 3.0 liter inline-6 S55 engine, it put out 405 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. of torque resulting in a whopping 40hp increase then the classic OG M2 mode. This S55 powerhouse paired with a small coupe body style put it in a different league.

BMW 428i F32 N20

The BMW 428i is the younger sibling of the 435i. Built on the same platform, this F32 model featured 2.0 L, 4-cylinder turbo-charged engine that produced 240hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. This 60 hp less engine vs the 435i N55, made the 428i more affordable and attractive to many.

BMW M235i F22 N55

BMW 2 series released F22 and F23 as the successor of the E82/E88 series as coupe and convertible. The BMW M235i coupe was seen in-between 2014-2016 as slightly better option to 228i but still not good enough to match the M2. Despite offering the same N55 engine, the M235i is 45 hp and 13 lb-ft of torque less powerful than the OG M2. However, with a few simple bolt ons, it can compete against some high horsepower cars due to the light weight body.

Common Modifications

Don’t know where to start? Let’s break it down!

1. Tune

Tuning your vehicle is the quickest way to see poweful HP and torque gains. Some flash tunes like BootMod3 and MHD provide at home tuning options with basic hardware. Most Stage 1 tunes don’t require any aftermarket modifications, allowing you to get the most out of your stock components. If you’re looking to go stage 2 or 3, that usually requires a high flow catted downpipe or catless downpipe and a front mounted intercooler.

2. Cold Air Intake

Cold air intakes are a great way to hear your car ‘breathe’. Although most intake manufactuers claim a 5-15 HP increase with this simple mod, often times people lose power due to some cold air intakes that don’t come with a closed box design. Causing the intake to suck up hot engine air vs fresh cold air from the outside.

3. Downpipe

If you’re looking to get more roar from your engine, installing a catless or high flow catted downpipe is the most common modification. If you pair it with a tune, you’ll maximize the full potential of a downpipe. This is how some people end up shooting flames out of their exhaust!