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Old 06-18-2004, 01:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Which bmws come with Vanos??
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anything from 93and newer. 1992 models did not have vanos, 1993 was the first year it was used.
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I have a '92 325i. The specs say 93's have the same peak Hp and torque even with Vanos and an extra half point of compression ratio (10.5 vs 10.0). Check here for the data: BMW E36 US Specs Page

The 0-60 times I have seen do not show the 93 being faster than the 92's, so I am confused. Acceleration times only improve in 96, with the 328's and their increased displacement and torque...


What is the real world benefit?
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it is easier for the engine at low speeds to make due to variable valve adjustments made by the vanos system, as well as better feul economy and smoothes out idle speed.
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also smoothes out the power band
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Also, the 92's have higher rpms for peak torque numbers, 4500 for 92 and 4000 for 93. Dyno charts are fun.

And the 93+ have higher gains with a chip, and also start with a couple ft/lbs of torque.

They're only really different in the lower rpm range, have you ever noticed how your torque curve picks up A LOT at 3k? well with the '93s they smoothed that out a tad.

Also, better economy as stated earlier.

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