BMW N62B36 Engine

  1. Specifications
  2. Overview, problems
  3. Performance tuning

N62B36 Specs

Manufacturer  BMW Plant Dingolfing
Also called BMW N62
Production 2001-2004
Cylinder block alloy Aluminum
Configuration V8
Valvetrain DOHC
4 valves per cylinder
Piston stroke, mm (inch) 81.2 (3.20)
Cylinder bore, mm (inch) 84 (3.31)
Compression ratio 10.5
Displacement 3598 cc (219.6 cu in)
Power output 200 kW (272 HP) at 6,200 rpm
Torque output 360 Nm (262 lb·ft) at 3,700 rpm
Redline 6,500 rpm
HP per liter 75.6
Fuel type Gasoline
ECU Bosch DME ME9.2
Weight, kg (lbs) 213 (470)
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (mpg)

for E65 735i
15.0 (15.7)
8.2 (28.7)

10.7 (22)
Turbocharger   Naturally aspirated
Oil consumption, L/1000 km
(qt. per miles)
up to 1.0
(1 qt. per 750 miles)
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, L (qt.) 8.0 (8.45)
Oil change interval, km (miles) 7,000-10,000
Normal engine operating temperature, °C (F) ~105 (220)
Engine lifespan, km (miles)
-Official information

400+ (250)
Tuning, HP
-Max HP
-No life span loss


The engine is installed in BMW 735i E65

BMW N62B36 engine reliability, problems and repair

After M62B35 the new engine N62B36 appeared, which replaced its forerunner. It was developed on the basis of the elder engine N62B44. In its cylinder block a crankshaft with stroke 81.3 mm was installed. The diameter of the cylinders reduced to 84 mm. The rods were also changed.

The cylinder head is similar to the one of the N62B44, but the diameter of its valves has been reduced: the inlet are 32 mm, the outlet are 29 mm. The characteristics of the stock camshafts of the N62B36: duration 282/254 deg, lift 0.3-9.85/9.7 mm.
For the engine N62B36 the variable valve lift system Valvetronic was applied. Another innovation was Double-VANOS – the variable valve timing system on the inlet and exhaust valves.
The engine control unit is Bosch DME ME 9.2.
This type of engine was used for the models BMW 35i.
In 2005 BMW company introduced the substitute for N62B36. That was the updated N62B40 with 4-liter capacity.

BMW N62B36 engine problems and issues

Since this engine is identical to the related N62B44, they also have the same disorders. You can read about them HERE.

BMW N62 B36 engine tuning

The N62B36 Chip-tuning

The easiest way to increase the power of the engine N62B36 is chip-tuning. We just need to purchase the cat-back performance exhaust system, cold air intake and to tune ECU more aggressively. Such improvements let increasing the power to 300 HP, and the engine seems being somewhat more powerful. If for you it is still not enough, then better sell your 3.6-liter car and buy some more powerful BMW.


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