BMW Goldfish V16

The BMW V16 engine known as the project Goldfish is a SOHC 32-valve V16 6.7 litre prototype automotive piston engine based on BMW M70 V12 engine.
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It was developed in late 1980s by BMW engineers as the top performance offering for the BMW 7-series (E32).
In July 1987 the development started and by the beginning of the 1988 the engine was ready. It was put on dynamometer in January 1988 and was tested throughout February 1988. Later it was installed in a modified long-based BMW 7-series (E32) and was mated with the 6-speed manual gearbox taken from BMW 8-series (E31).
The engine never reached production and remained to show the possibilities of BMW engineers.

Technology & Performance

The engine design virtually copies the BMW M70 V12 layout but with 4 more cylinders added.
  • 6651 cc V16 engine
  • Cast aluminium block and cylinder heads.
  • SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder.
  • Bore and stroke: 84 mm (3.3 in) x 75 mm (3.0 in). Bore spacing: 91 mm (3.6 in).
  • Compression ratio: 8.8:1
  • Maximum power: 408 hp (304 kW) @ 5200 rpm
  • Maximum torque: 637 N·m (470 lb·ft) torque @ 3900 rpm
  • Redline: 6000 rpm
  • Engine Management: 2 separate Bosch DME 3.3 for each bank
  • Dry weight: 310 kg (683 lb)
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Last updated on 10 August 2013 at 10:39.

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