BMW 745i Modified Turbo - Performance Data

On March 10th, 1999 we did dyno tests of a 745i. Basically the engine was stock with just the Chip Upgrade and wastegate modification. The max. power was 400 hp/4870 rpm at 1.1 bar boost. The max. torque was unbelievable 675.5 Nm at 3930 rpm.
Detailed test data is enclosed. These results prove e.g. that the standard fuel system and injectors can handle fuel supply at least upto these power levels.

See the results yourself in these charts and compare those with standard 745 and other engines! E.g. the standard max. power 252 HP is reached at less than 3000 rpm and min. torque is higher than standard max. torque.

kW/Nm BHP/Nm
kW/lb ft BHP/lb ft

We measured the performance also at other boost levels. E.g. at 0.9 bar the power was 354 hp and torque 640 Nm. It seems that every 0.2 bar step gives approx. 50 hp more.

The known limitation is the exhaust system. The standard exhaust can not handle all that power so some of it was lost in the pipe due to resistance and back boost. How much was it we don't know exactly, but a good guess is some 40-50 hp (a bit over 10% of total power). We assume that with proper exhaust system these tests might have given some 450 hp at 1.1 bar. New exhaust has already been designed and we know that it can handle min. 500 hp.

We run the engine also at 1.5 bar boost and everything worked well for a very short time we tried it. The turbo, wastegate and chip were able to handle that, but the the fuel system could not.

At ALL power levers we recommend to use
1) A 3 or 4 wire o2 sensor and a mixture monitor such as the HALMETER AFR30 ( )
2) Cartech Rising Rate Fuel Pressure Regulator ( )

Interesting point is also that the best power and torque are at fairly  low rpms. That gives the opportunity to move those up by changing the camshaft to steeper version. That would further increase the max power quite a bit. Torque would go down in low revs, but that does not matter as it is unbelievable high anyway (you will see it in the curves).

Assuming that the 50 hp/0.2 bar ratio is correct all the way from 0.9 bar to 1.5 bar we can estimate the maximum available power from 745 3.4 l engine as follows:

1. Standard engine/exhaust/fuel supply with Motronic chip upgrade and boost control modification
400 hp at 1.1 bar (maximum constant power)

2. Standard engine/fuel supply with chip/wastegate mod and 2.5"exhaust system
450 hp at 1.1 bar with Cartech Rising Rate Fuel Pressure Regulator. (Extra fuel injectors or may be needed for this power)

3. Standard engine with chip/wastegate mod + 2.5" exhaust system + Cartech Rising Rate Fuel Pressure Regulator + add-on fuel injectors
550 hp at 1.5 bar

4. As no3 but with steeper camshaft
600 hp at 1.5 bar

Torque would be from 675 Nm to ????. Anyway extremely high in all cases. Actually torque accelerates the car and gives the top speed, not horse powers (simplified statement).

Jarmo Havulinna 2001, 2002. This page was last modified on February 4, 2003

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