BMW N55 Engine – 3.0L Turbo Inline-6

BMW’s N55 engine is a 3.0L inline-6 turbocharged, direct injection gasoline engine produced from 2009-present. The N55 was a big generational leap for BMW turbocharged engines and it introduced some very important elements to future engine generations.

Unlike the true twin-turbo BMW N54 engine that preceded it, the N55 uses a single twin-power turbocharger, which would become a mainstay in a number of production BMW turbocharged engines like the B48 and B58. Additionally, the BMW N55 was the first turbocharged engine to use both Valvetronic variable valve lift technology and VANOS.

Since the BMW N55’s release in 2009, there have been 5 distinct variants of the engine, each with their own unique changes and attributes. The N55 has been used in a wide variety of BMWs since its release including cars as small as the E8X 1-Series, all the way to some of BMW’s largest vehicles like the F16 X6.

This page is the ultimate resource for everything BMW N55. We provide a general overview and technical information on the engine in addition to problems, performance modifications, FAQs, and various other resources. Whether you own a BMW N55 or are looking to purchase one, we have the most comprehensive N55 information on the internet.

N55 Engine Overview

The BMW N55 is a 3.0L turbocharged inline-6 engine. The N55’s horsepower output ranges from 302-365hp straight from the factory. The N55’s output increased as it continued to evolve and new variants were released. The N55 was initially released in the 2009 BMW 335i and introduced the first N55B30MO variant producing 302 horsepower. Other performance-focused variants of the N55 were released later, including the N55B30O0 and N55B30T0, which introduced strengthening and cooling improvements, allowing for more power production.

Many people consider the BMW N55 to be the company’s first reliable turbocharged engine. With so many problems plaguing the N54 before it, the N55 was a breath of fresh air in terms of reliability. The N55’s three straight Ward’s 10 Best Engines awards should be a testament to both performance and reliability.

While the BMW N55 is still a very capable engine in terms of aftermarket performance, it doesn’t come anywhere close to the modifiability of the N54. A lot of that boils down to the N55’s turbo setup. Regardless, the N55 is still capable of withstanding far more power than its factory rating. To learn more about the BMW N55 engine as a whole, take a look at our Ultimate BMW N55 Engine Guide below.

N55 TwinPower Turbo

The BMW N55 was the first turbocharged BMW engine to utilize a twin-scroll turbocharger. While it might be easy to mistake a twin-scroll turbo for a twin-turbo arrangement, they are actually quite different. With a twin-turbo arrangement, like the one found on the BMW N54, two turbos are mounted next to each other on the engine, each supplying boost to their own bank of three cylinders. With a twin-scroll design, one turbocharger is split into two scrolls with an integrated and specially designed exhaust manifold that properly distributes exhaust pulses from each cylinder to the correct scroll. A twin-scroll design, like the one found on the N55, reduces turbo lag, decreases emissions, and improves overall engine efficiency.

The N55’s twin-scroll turbo plays a big role in the engine’s power delivery characteristics and lack of modifiability compared to older twin-turbo designs. The lack of boost lag is perhaps the most pronounced affect of the twin-scroll design. The lack of boost lag is due to the fact that the twin-scroll turbo was designed to operate at low and high exhaust flow rates, allowing the turbo to spool at low rpms. While the N55’s TwinPower turbo arrangement is better for overall efficiency, it doesn’t allow for the same power potential that was present in the N54.

BMW’s name for the N55’s twin-scroll turbo system is “TwinPower Turbo,” which encompasses more than the turbo itself. This is essentially a marketing term that means the N55 uses:

  • Valvetronic
  • Direct injection
  • Twin-scroll turbocharging

BMW N55 vs N54 Engine Differences

We have already covered the main difference between the N54 and N55 in terms of their turbo setups, which is one of the biggest distinctions between the two. With that being said, there are some other important distinctions that make the N55 a more reliable engine overall. In many ways, BMW used the N54 as an experiment to figure out if a turbocharged production engine was feasible in future projects. Ultimately, it was a successful experiment, but the N54 had a number of serious issues, including fuel injector failure, high-pressure fuel pump failure, wastegate rattle, and a number of other commonly cited issues. For the most part, BMW fixed most of those issues with the N55.

The addition of Valvetronic variable valve lift was a massive addition to the N5X platform, which has continued to be used continuously on newer BMW turbocharged engines as well. In short, Valvetronic takes the place of a traditional throttle body and instead uses an extra set of rocker arms and an additional eccentric camshaft to vary intake valve lift. The Valvetronic system not only improves fuel efficiency, but also improves power response and delivery at any RPM.

Fuel injector failure was a common problem on the BMW N54 and was extremely expensive and irritating to fix. A lot of the N54’s fuel injector problems surfaced from the fact that BMW chose to use Piezo injectors on the N54, which provide ultimate fuel delivery accuracy but are complicated and prone to failure. As a result, BMW switched back to more traditional solenoid valve injectors for the N55.


Over the course of the BMW N55’s production cycle, BMW changed the turbocharger’s wastegate design from a pneumatic one to an electronic one. Early model N55’s feature the pneumatic wastegate (PWG) design while N55s made after July of 2013 feature an electronic wastegate. While pnuematic wastegate control relies on vacuum lines and a vacuum pump to open and close the wastegates, electronic wastegates operate electronically, not relying on analog equipment.

Along with the addition of the electronic wastegate itself, N55 models fitted with the EWG also received an upgraded turbocharger with a larger turbine wheel and a freer-flowing downpipe. That not only gave the EWG N55 an edge in horsepower, but also made tuning easier and more precise due to the additional wastegate control. EWG and PWG engines make about the same power and torque in the lower-mid RPM range. However, EWG models get a boost on the top-end.

As an additional note, most EWG N55 models received updated internals to reflect their other upgrades. For instance, all 2014+ EWG N55s received forged connecting rods plus main and connecting rod bearings from the BMW S55 engine. The EWG N55 used in the M235 received a forged crank, and the EWG N55 used in the M2 features an S55 oil pump and baffle system, different hypereutectic pistons, a different turbo manifold, and S55 spark plugs.

General BMW N55 Information & Resources

N55 Engine Specs

Displacement3.0L (2,979cc)
AspirationTurbocharged, twin-scroll
Fuel SystemDirect Injection
Engine BlockAluminum, open deck
Cylinder HeadAluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, Valvetronic, Dual VANOS
Bore x Stroke84 mm × 89.6 mm (3.30 in × 3.50 in)
Compression Ratio10.2:1
Horsepower302-445 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Torque (lb-ft)295-502 lb-ft @ 4,000-5,000 RPM
Redline7,000 RPM

Over the course of the N55’s build cycle, the engine was released in five factory variants. Outside of the N55 variants produced by BMW themselves, Alpina also released a number of performance variants of the BMW N55 as well. Here is a list of some of the BMW-made BMW N55 variants and the primary differences between them:

BMW N55B30M0

The BMW N55B30M0 is by far the most common N55 variant out there. Just look at that list below. The M0 was also the first N55 variant released in the BMW 335i. In its initial form, the N55B30M0 shared even more in common with the N54, including a front timing cover-driven high-pressure fuel pump. The B30M0 received a refresh in 2014 that changed the fuel pump design, added an electronic wastegate, and allowed for a larger turbocharger.

BMW N55B30O0

The N55B30O0 came along in 2013 as a performance-focused version of the N55B30M0. Due to the fact that the B30O0 was used in M-performance models, BMW reinforced the N55 a bit more. The N55B30O0 came with a forged steel crankshaft. Combined with a larger intercooler and radiator than the N55M0, the N55B30O0 is ready for additional modifications and tuning. 

BMW N55B30T0

The N55B30T0 is the top-of-the-line variant of the N55, produced by BMW at least. While the N55B30O0 was built for M-performance models, the N55B30T0 was built primarily for the full-blown M2. As such, the B30T0 is a no-nonsense engine. The B30T0 borrows rods, pistons, spark plugs, and its oil pan from the M-spec S55 engine

At this point, the BMW N55 has been used in a wide array of BMW vehicles ranging from the compact 1-Series all the way up to the X6. Here are the BMWs that currently utilize the BMW N55 engine:

BMW N55B30M0 (302 Horsepower)

  • 2009–2017 F10/F11/F07 535i
  • 2010–2013 E90/E91/E92/E93 335i
  • 2010–2013 E82/E88 135i
  • 2010–2017 F25 X3 xDrive35i
  • 2011–2013 E70 X5 xDrive 35i
  • 2011–2015 F30/F31 335i
  • 2011–2014 E71 X6 xDrive 35i
  • 2012–2015 E84 X1 xDrive35i
  • 2013–2016 F32/F33/F36 435i
  • 2014–2018 F15 X5 xDrive 35i
  • 2014–2019 F16 X6 xDrive35i
  • 2014–2016 F26 X4 xDrive 35

BMW N55B30 (315 Horsepower)

  • 2011–2018 F06/F12/F13 640i
  • 2012–2013 E82/E88 135is
  • 2012–2015 F20/F21 M135i
  • 2012–2015 F01/F02 740i/Li

BMW N55B30O0 (322 Horsepower)

  • 2013–2016 F22/F23 M235i
  • 2015–2016 F20/F21 M135i LCI

BMW N55B30T0 (355-365 Horsepower)

  • 2016–2018 F87 M2
  • 2015–2018 F26 X4 M40i

We have compiled some of the most commonly cited BMW N55 engine problems. While the N55 has a pretty decent reputation for reliability, there are still some problem areas with the 3.0L turbocharged inline-6. Due to their many similarities, the N55 shares quite a few common problems with the N54. N55 oil filter housing gasket leaks, valve cover gasket leaks, PCV valve failures, and water pump failures are all common issues with the N55 and are good to know about if you drive an N55-powered BMW.

Take a look at the dropdown menu below to learn more about these problems or check out the more in-depth problem and maintenance guides featured below.

Generally speaking, the BMW N55 is a pretty leaky engine. A lot of this has to do with the N55’s high operating temperature which causes plastic and rubber gaskets to crack and degrade after years of constant heat cycling. That is just a natural consequence of the materials that BMW uses for their gaskets. The N55’s oil filter housing gasket is one of the main sources of oil leaks on the N55 engine. While the leak itself isn’t a huge cause for alarm in itself, as long as you have enough oil in your engine, a leaking N55 oil filter housing gasket leak could have massive consequences if left unfixed.

Due to the location of the N55’s oil filter housing and the design of the engine itself, a leak from the OFHG can drip onto the drive belt and pulley, causing the belt to slip off of the pulley. Since the belt is located between the crank pulley and engine block. If this happens, there is a chance that the belt can get sucked into the engine’s front main seal. While not extremely common, this has happened to a number of N55 owners and is a well-documented problem with the N55.

As a result of the catastrophic issues that can be caused by a leaking oil filter housing gasket, it is far cheaper to deal with the cause upfront than deal with potentially disastrous consequences.

Valve cover gasket leaks are one of the most common problems with both the BMW N54 and BMW N55 engines. In fact, it is inevitable that you will encounter a bad valve cover gasket at some point on your N55 engine. Ultimately, it is a serviceable item that tends to wear out around the 100,000-mile mark. A failing or leaking N55 valve cover gasket is caused by repeated heat cycling that leads to the rubber gasket cracking and degrading over time. There isn’t really anything you can do about that, unfortunately.

It is important to note that the N55’s valve cover gasket isn’t the only component in that area that is prone to damage. The N55’s plastic valve cover itself has also been known to crack and degrade over time, so if you are replacing your valve cover gasket, it might be a good idea to just replace the valve cover along with it.

N55 Valve Cover Gasket Leak Symptoms

  • Burning oil smell
  • Smoke from valve cover area
  • Oil on spark plugs
  • Low engine oil light

You shouldn’t notice any N55 drive-ability issues with a leaking valve cover and/or gasket. You may notice burning oil smells in the cabin. Smoke from the valve cover area is common if the leak is bad enough. Minor leaks may not produce enough smoke to notice. Excessive oil on the spark plugs is typically a dead giveaway that the VC or VCG is leaking.

In general terms, the positive crankcase ventilation valve is responsible for equalizing the gas pressure within the N55’s crankcase. It does this by rerouting excess trapped gas to the intake manifold and back into the engine. While that is its primary job, it does play a crucial role in other engine functions. N55 PCV valves, in the process of ridding the crankcase of gasses, also make the engine more efficient and not expel as much exhaust gas.

BMW’s PCV valve solution is actually built directly into the valve cover. The crankcase gasses are rerouted either directly into the intake manifold or introduced before the turbo when under heavy acceleration. The gas’ end location is dictated by a diaphragm in the system. Sometimes this diaphragm can rupture or crack, resulting in crankcase gasses being rerouted to the wrong area. This can result in oil-rich gasses being pumped into the intake manifold. If left unfixed, the excessive vacuum from the intake can do damage to the N55’s front and rear main seals which can result in a hefty repair bill.

BMW N55 PCV Valve Failure Symptoms

  • Smoke coming from the exhaust
  • Timing issues
  • Engine running either lean or rich
  • New or worsening oil consumption
  • Poor engine performance
  • Whistling/squealing from the front/rear main seal

When your BMW N55’s PCV valve fails or is nearing failure, one of the most common symptoms is smoke coming from your exhaust. There are countless videos of N55 BMW owners with this exact symptom resulting from a damaged PCV. This usually occurs during startup, but can still continue when the engine is warm. Excessive oil consumption is another big one that can alert you to this issue.

Water pump failure is another of the BMW N55’s most common problems. It must be said, though, that this issue is not unique to the N55. In fact, most BMW engine have water pump issues that are known to fail prematurely. Water pumps are responsible for circulating coolant throughout the N55’s cooling system in order to cool the engine. BMW uses electric pumps that are driven by a composite impeller, which do not have a very long lifespan. In addition to the water pump itself, the N55’s thermostat is also a common point of failure. Due to the excessive labor to replace a water pump, it is recommended you replace the thermostat while that work is already being done.

One of the most annoying aspects of this problem is that there doesn’t seem to be any consistency in terms of the N55 water pump’s service life. While some people encounter N55 water pump failures as early as 30,000 miles, others have been driving on their factory water pumps for over 150,000 miles. It is also unfortunate that there is rarely any warning that an N55 water pump is on the verge of failure. In most cases, the water pump will fail immediately and without warning.

Signs of N55 Water Pump Failure

  • Engine overheating significantly – usually rapid over-heating once the pump fails
  • Cooling Fan running full speed (noisy)
  • Coolant boiling out of coolant cap

N55 CEL Codes for Failing Water Pump

  • 2E81, 2E82, 2E83, 2E84, 2E85
  • 377A
  • Remember to check fuses

N55 Problems & Maintenance Guides

We have the most comprehensive resources for N55 performance upgrades. This section includes some of the most popular, cost-effective, and value-focused modifications for the BMW N55 engine. While the N55 might not be as modifiable as the N54, there’s truly no limit to what can be done to the 3.0L BMW inline-6. From tuning information to performance parts suggestions, we have you covered as far as BMW N55 modifications are concerned.

Click on each modification to get a brief rundown of the mod, the benefits, and our best product recommendation. Additionally, we have full in-depth guides for each of these modifications that you will find within the sections. Furthermore, a list of general performance and modification-related content can be found below, covering power limits, boost levels, and various other N55-specific topics.

Upgrading to a performance intake is often one of the first modifications that N55 owners do to their engines. There are a couple of reasons for that. First of all, they are relatively inexpensive and extremely easy to install, making them a great first step. While the N55’s factory intake isn’t bad, there are areas where it can be improved, especially at higher horsepower and boost levels. Aftermarket N55 intakes typically provide the engine with better airflow due to improved piping and filter design. They provide a decent power gain for the money initially, but more importantly, they are also an essential supporting modification for those looking to further mod their N55 with things like a tuner.

While most naturally aspirated engines tend to only see marginal gains from performance intakes, you can expect to see upwards of 10-15 additional horsepower from an upgraded N55 intake alone or around 15-20 additional horsepower with an accompanying tune.

N55 Intake Upgrade Benefits

  • Approx. 5-10whp and torque when stock
  • Faster turbo spool
  • Increased air flow and less restriction
  • Quicker throttle response
  • Sweet “intoxicating” engine sound

Best N55 Performance Intake

N55 F Series Bootmod3 Tuning

BMW N55 BM3 F-Chassis Tuning Guide

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Pretty much every turbocharged BMW engine can benefit enormously from a tune, and the N55 is no exception. While the N55 might not have quite as much potential in this realm as the twin-turbo N54, you can still squeeze a sizable amount of power out of a stock engine and a lot of power out of a built N55 with a tune. A simple plug-and-play piggyback tune, like the ones available with the JB4, can provide gains of up to 50 horsepower without any additional modifications. Combined with other N55 modifications like a high-flow/catless downpipe, an upgraded intake, and fueling upgrades, a tune can turn your N55 into a 400+ horsepower animal rather easily.

There are generally a couple of routes that you can go as far as N55 tuning is concerned. One potential path is a flash tune. An N55 flash tune (like MHD provides) essentially rewrites the factory DME programming. This allows the tune to gain complete control of engine tuning parameters like boost, fueling, timing, and load.

The other popular option is an N55 piggyback tune. Unlike a flash tune which augments the factory DME parameters, a piggyback tune simply changes the boost parameters of the engine and allows the factory DME to sort out the rest. While some people argue that N55 piggyback tuning is inferior, options like the JB4 come with more functionality and for a relatively low price.

The downpipe is a part of the exhuast system and sits directly behind the turbocharger. The goal of the downpipe is to pass air from the turbo to the exhaust system’s cat-back portion, which then sends the air out into the atmosphere. As such, it is one of the most important parts of the N55’s exhaust system as a whole. Unfortunately, it is also the most restrictive part due to the catalytic converter built into it. This restriction is the main reason people upgrade their N55 downpipe. The more free-flowing the exhaust system, the more power you’ll be making.

You ultimately have two choices for upgrading your N55’s downpipe. You can opt for a high-flow downpipe that swaps the OEM cat for a high-flow version allowing for greater airflow, or you can opt for a catless downpipe that removes a catalytic converter altogether. There are pros and cons to each option.

High-flow N55 downpipes are more expensive and do not perform as well as N55 catless downpipes. However, they will allow you to pass vehicle inspections in most cases. Catless N55 downpipes provide the most performance for the lowest price but will cause you to fail emissions testing. You can generally expect around a 20-30 whp gain from catless N55 downpipes and a 10-15 whp gain from a high-flow N55 downpipe.

Best N55 Downpipe

Like the N54, the BMW N55 engine uses a plastic chargepipe that is known to crack and fail over time, especially if you are pushing more than stock power. The factory plastic chargepipe was prone to cracking and leaking boost at high boost levels due to constant heat cycling. One way to resolve that issue is by upgrading to an aftermarket aluminum N55 chargepipe.

The factory chargepipe can handle about 22-25psi of boost before we would strongly recommend upgrading it. However, there still are some reasons to upgrade the N55’s chargepipe. If you want to run meth injection you will need a chargepipe with a meth bung since the factory one does not have one. Or if you want to toss a blow-off valve to make cool BOV noises. In addition to the durability and room for future chargepipe-related mods, aftermarket N55 chargepipes are often far less expensive than the crumby stock one and easy to install, making them a no-brainer modification.

Best N55 Chargepipe

An upgraded intercooler isn’t typically needed for a stock N55 engine producing stock power. In fact, it wouldn’t be worth upgrading unless you are making significant power or plan on making big power in the future. With that being said, in those cases, an upgraded N55 front mount intercooler can dramatically improve the long-term performance of your N55.

As you begin to modify your N55 and crank the boost up, intake air temperatures and overall engine temperatures also rise. That is especially true if you are running your N55 hard for extended periods of time. The more heat that accumulates under the engine bay, the worse your N55 performs. While the OEM BMW N55 intercooler has no trouble keeping temps down on a stock engine, the OEM BMW N55 engine intercooler struggles to keep up with a modified car that is running extra boost.

A larger intercooler is more efficient and effective for reducing the IATs as it has a larger surface area to cool the passing air. Since colder air is denser, this will lead to a gain in horsepower. Most importantly, a 7” intercooler will help your BMW N55 engine remain consistent as you push your car hard. An intercooler can also increase reliability, especially at high power levels, due to its ability to eliminate heat soak and assist in preventing the engine from knocking or pre-detonating.

This is another modification focused mainly at those that have already done a number of N55 bolt-ons and are ready to take on some more power with added reliability. Factory fueling on the N55 is fairly capable and can outlast the power levels of the factory turbo. However, if you opt for a turbo upgrade you will need to look into alternative fueling upgrades for the N55. Here are the fueling limits:

  • Pump gas: 425-475whp
  • E30: 350-400whp

Fueling upgrades include the high-pressure fuel pump (HPFP), chargepipe injection, port injection, and meth injection. There’s a lot that goes into choosing the proper setup based on your mods and power goals so we suggest giving our in-depth fueling upgrade guide below a read.

Additional fueling modifications, like running water-methanol injection, is also extremely important to consider at high horsepower and boost levels due to its benefits of reducing engine temperatures, knock suppression, and a bump to power numbers.

As we have covered already, the BMW N55’s TwinPower turbo system is the real limiting factor of the engine in terms of aftermarket performance. As a result, the most cost-effective way to push beyond the 400 horsepower barrier is by upgrading the factory turbo. In addition to just upgrading to the turbo, there are a number of supporting mods that you will need to look into to hit certain power levels. All of the modifications listed above are pretty standard N55 bolt-ons that you’ll need in order to maximize upgraded turbo performance. To learn more about these bolt-ons, take a look at the article below.

There are a lot of considerations when choosing turbo upgrades so we suggest reading our complete guide above that gives you a bunch of different options for various different power levels.

N55 Stage 1 – 400-425whp Mods

  • No additional modifications necessary

N55 Stage 2 – 450-550whp Mods

  • Basic bolt-ons bolt-on (downpipe, intake, chargepipe)
  • Chargepipe/Port injection
  • Custom tuning
  • Stage 2 low pressure fuel pump
  • Water-methanol injection (optional)

N55 Stage 3 – 550whp+ Mods

  • Full bolt-ons
  • Full fueling mods
  • Built motor above 600whp
  • Custom tuning

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N55 Horsepower Limits

How Much Power Can The BMW N55 Handle?

How much power can the stock N55 engine handle? What are the limits on the BMW N55 block, rods, pistons, crank, etc? These are common questions in the aftermarket world, but there is never a perfect answer. However, there are some general safe limits for the N55 engine. In this article, we lay out the…

We have an extensive FAQ article that covers performance upgrades, power levels, general maintenance, problems and reliability, and more for the N55. We’ve included a few performance and reliability-related questions below but recommend reading our full FAQ guide for more extensive questions and details about the N55.

  1. How much power can the N55 handle?

    The N55 can handle around 550whp and 550wtq on the stock engine block and internals. The N55 took a small step down in strength compared to the older N54. It’s still a fairly strong motor, but seems a little less tolerant to abuse. The most common places for a BMW N55 engine to fail are its piston rings, connecting rods, and rod bearings. With that being said, the N55’s block is surprisingly tolerant for an open deck design, often said to be able to support between 600-700whp.

  2. How much power and boost can the stock N55 turbo handle?

    The factory N55 turbo is capable of making up to roughly 25-26psi. In most cases, the factory N55 turbo is good for low-400 horsepower figures before a turbo upgrade is needed. However, for reliability and longevity reasons, we recommend limiting boost to about 20-21psi. Much over 21psi pushes the turbo well outside its efficiency range for minimal performance gains. Additionally, altitude increases cause the turbo to work harder.

  3. How reliable is the BMW N55?

    One of BMW’s main objectives with the N55 was to eliminate or reduce the amount of reliability troubles that plagued the BMW N54 engine that preceded it. In general, they did a good job with that. The N55 is regarded as a reliable engine that holds up well as long as it is properly maintained. With that being said, the N55 does have a number of common problems including oil filter housing gasket leaks, valve cover gasket leaks, PCV valve failure, and water pump failure. With diligent care the block and major engine components should be able to last 200,000 miles – but getting there will likely require a decent bit of maintenance in terms of fuel pumps, gaskets and seals, hoses, and so on.

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