Engine Specification

Various engine sizes and configurations have been available. The North American market saw the 525i, 528i, 530i, 540i and M5. The European range was however, more diverse, with BMW offering the 520i, 523i, 528i, 530i, 535i, 540i, 525tds, 520d (the only four-cylinder 5-Series engine on this generation), 525d, 530d and M5.

From 1997–2000, the E39 model range in North America consisted of the 528i, 540i, and M5. In 2001, the 528i was discontinued and replaced by the 525i and 530i. The 520i, 523i, 525i and 528i were powered by a 110 kilowatt (150 hp) engine in earlier versions, a 126 kilowatt (170 hp) and 141 kilowatt (190 hp) engines respectively. These were all versions of the gasoline M52 inline-six engine. The 530i was powered by a 171 kilowatt (231 hp) inline-six, the M54, shared with the E46 330i. The 540i was initially powered by the 210 kilowatt (282 hp) 4.4 litre M62B44 V8 which was derived from the earlier E34 5 Series’ M60, but included upgraded cylinder block material, electronics, and more displacement. In September 1998, the 540i received the further upgraded M62TUB44, which was also seen in the E38 (7 Series) and in the BMW E53 (X5). This engine supported a VANOS variable valve timing system, and had electronic throttle control. It was slightly boosted to 290 hp for year 2002 and 2003 540i.

Model Engine type Displacement (cc) Bore/Stroke (mm) Comp. ratio Fuel system Power Torque 0-100 km/h (s) Production
520i I6 24V 1991 80/66 1:11.0 Multiport fuel injection 110 kW (150 PS; 148 bhp) @ 5900 190 N·m (140 ft·lbf) @ 3500 10.2 (man) / 11.5 (aut) 1996–2000
520i I6 24V 2171 80/72 1:10.7 Multiport fuel injection 125 kW (170 PS; 168 bhp) @ 6250 210 N·m (150 ft·lbf) @ 3500 9.1(man) / 10.2 (aut) 2000–2003
523i I6 24V 2496 84/75 1:10.5 Multiport fuel injection 125 kW (170 PS; 168 bhp) @ 5500 245 N·m (181 ft·lbf) @ 3500 8.5 (man) / 9.6 (aut) 1995–2000
525i I6 24V 2494 84/75 1:10.5 Multiport fuel injection 141 kW (192 PS; 189 bhp) @ 6000 245 N·m (181 ft·lbf) @ 3500 8.1 (man) / 8.9 (aut) 2000–2003
528i I6 24V 2793 84/84 1:10.2 Multiport fuel injection 142 kW (193 PS; 190 bhp) @ 5500 280 N·m (210 ft·lbf) @ 3500 7.5 (man) / 8.8 (aut) 1995–2000
530i I6 24V 2979 84/89.6 1:10.2 Multiport fuel injection 170 kW (231 PS; 228 bhp) @ 5900 300 N·m (220 ft·lbf) @ 3500 6.6 (man) / 7.6 (aut) 2000–2003
535i V8 32V 3498 84/78.9 1:10.0 Multiport fuel injection 180 kW (245 PS; 241 bhp) @ 5800 345 N·m (254 ft·lbf) @ 3800 7.4 (aut) 1996–2003
540i V8 32V 4398 92/82.7 1:10.0 Multiport fuel injection 210 kW (286 PS; 282 bhp) @ 5400 440 N·m (320 ft·lbf) @ 3600 6.1 (man) / 6.4 (aut) 1996–2003
M5 V8 32V 4941 94/89.0 1:11.0 Multiport fuel injection 294 kW (400 PS; 394 bhp) @ 6600 500 N·m (370 ft·lbf) @ 3800 5.3 (man) 1998–2003
520d I4 16V 1951 88/84 1:19.0 Common rail turbodiesel 100 kW (136 PS; 134 bhp) @ 4000 280 N·m (210 ft·lbf) @ 1750 10.6 (man) 2000–2003
525d I6 24V 2497 80/82.8 1:17.5 Common rail turbodiesel 120 kW (163 PS; 161 bhp) @ 4000 350 N·m (260 ft·lbf) @ 2000 8.9 (man) / 9.1 (aut) 2000–2003
525td I6 12V 2498 80/82.8 1:22.0 Indirect injection turbodiesel 85 kW (116 PS; 114 bhp) @ 4800 230 N·m (170 ft·lbf) @ 1900 11.9 (man) 1997–2000
525tds I6 12V 2498 80/82.8 1:22.0 Indirect injection turbodiesel 105 kW (143 PS; 141 bhp) @ 4600 280 N·m (210 ft·lbf) @ 2200 10.4 (man) / 11.0 (aut) 1996–2000
530d I6 24V 2926 84/88 1:18.0 Common rail turbodiesel 135 kW (184 PS; 181 bhp) @ 4000 390 N·m (290 ft·lbf) @ 1750 8.0 (man) / 8.4 (aut) 1998–2000
530d I6 24V 2926 84/88 1:18.0 Common rail turbodiesel 142 kW (193 PS; 190 bhp) @ 4000 410 N·m (300 ft·lbf) @ 1750 7.8 (man) / 8.0 (aut) 2000–2003

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