BMW M47 Straight-4 Diesel Engine
The BMW M47 and Rover Group M47R are diesel straight-4 engines. Variants were manufactured by BMW from 1998 to 2007. BMW gradually adopted high-pressure common rail fuel injection systems over the lifetime of the M47.
The turbocharged four-cylinder in-line diesel engine of the car manufacturer BMW . Production began in March 1998 in Steyr .
The 1998 introduced in the BMW E46 (320d) engines were initially equipped with a distributor injection pump VP44. In September 2001 (in the E46 318d only from 2003) they were revised and were from then on M47TÜ. This version was equipped with common rail injection and turbocharger with adjustable vanes on the turbine.
This replaced the M41 . And was succeeded by 2007, the N47 .
|M47D20||2.0 L (1951 cc/119 in³)||100 kW (134 hp) @ 4000||280 N·m (207 lb·ft) @ 1750||4750||1998|
|85 kW (114 hp) @ 4000||265 N·m (195 lb·ft) @ 1750||2001|
|M47R||100 kW (134 hp) @ 4000||280 N·m (207 lb·ft) @ 1750||4750||1999|
|85 kW (114 hp) @ 4000||265 N·m (195 lb·ft) @ 1750||1999|
|M47TUD20||2.0 L (1995 cc/121 in³)||85 kW (114 hp) @ 4000||280 N·m (207 lb·ft) @ 1750||2003|
|110 kW (148 hp) @ 4000||330 N·m (243 lb·ft) @ 2000-2500||4600||2001|
|M47TU2D20||90 kW (121 hp) @ 4000||280 N·m (207 lb·ft) @ 2000||2004|
|90 kW (121 hp) @ 4000||280 N·m (207 lb·ft) @ 1750-2000||2005|
|120 kW (161 hp) @ 4000||340 N·m (251 lb·ft) @ 2000-2750||2004|
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The original M47 diesel engine featured non-common-rail direct fuel injection and a 1951 cc block. First seen in 1998, the M47D20 produced 100 kW (136 hp) and 280 N·m (207 lb·ft) in its original 320d/520d guise, and 85 kW (114 hp) with 265 N·m (195 lb·ft) in the 318d variant. All M47 engines have one Swirl and one Tangential intake port per cylinder, which can each improve performance under different conditions. These features are not to be confused with swirl flaps, which were introduced in the M47TUD20.
BMW E46 318d Performance
|Top Speed||127 mph|
|0-60 mph||10.3 secs|
|Torque||280 Nm, 207 ft-lb|
|CO2 Emissions||151 g/km|
|Euro Emissions Standard||4|
|Miles Per Tank||693 miles|
- 85 kW (114 hp) and 265 N·m (195 lb·ft)
- 2001-2003 E46 318d
- 100 kW (136 hp) and 280 N·m (207 lb·ft)
- 1999-2001 E46 320d
- 2000-2003 E39 520d
Rover Group (UK) and Steyr (Austria), worked together to modify the M47D20 to create a transverse configuration for use in the Rover 75 front wheel drive saloon, as well as their all-wheel-drive Land Rover Freelander. The same engine was later deployed by MG Rover in the Rover 75 Tourer and MG ZT. The M47R ("M47 Rail") differs from the original design by the introduction of common-rail technology, a transverse orientation, different turbochargers and more sophisticated systems for temperature management. However, the core 1951 cc heads of the M47R and M47D20 are the same. Combining a common-rail system with a relatively small engine capacity created engine temperature problems. More hardware was added to help control temperatures which also helped to escalate weight, fuel consumption, and manufacturing costs. The BMW Steyr plant manufactured and supplied M47R engines with the same power output as the M47D20 from 1999 to 2006.
Rover 75 CDT Performance
|Top Speed||120 mph|
|0-60 mph||11 secs|
|Torque||260 Nm, 192 ft-lb|
|CO2 Emissions||163 g/km|
|Euro Emissions Standard||3|
|Miles Per Tank||675 miles|
- 1999-2004 Rover 75 CDT
- 1999-2005 Rover 75 CDTi
- 2001-2006 Land Rover Freelander
- 2001-2004 MG ZT CDT
- 2001-2005 MG ZT CDTi
The all wheel drive BMW X3 and rear wheel drive BMW 320d models, built approximately between September 2001 and December 2004, were fitted with the M47TU ("M47 Technical Update"). The exact production week is not known, and was probably later than Production Week 33 in 2001 (e.g. one cannot rely on a UK 51 plate registered BMW 320d to have the M47TU).
The engine capacity was expanded to 1995 cc, and it retained the common-rail injector system that had proven popular in the smaller M47R and larger M57 engines. These changes empowered BMW to increase torque and improve fuel consumption, especially at lower revs. However, these modifications added 50 kg to overall weight and emissions raised accordingly. In the UK, the new characteristics of the M47TU were sufficient to lift the BMW 320d into the next highest insurance bracket, and the next highest band for Vehicle Excise Duty (Road Tax).
The M47TUD20 introduced new common failure points. Chief among these was a new 'swirl flap' mechanism embedded in the inlet manifold. This consisted of a number of butterfly valves within each individual inlet tract, which are secured to an actuating rod via two small screws. It has become clear that over time these screws can come loose via vibration etc. When this happens they can end up being drawn into the respective cylinder, causing significant damage to piston, cylinder head and valves. If unlucky further damage can be caused to the turbo if the screw then makes its way through the exhaust valve into the manifold and subsequently into the turbo. These failures have occurred in such quantity that a number of specialist BMW magazines have featured articles on the problem including information on how to remove the swirl flaps. For those who wish to perform some preventive maintenance on the M47TUD20 engine, there are companies who supply and/or fit blanking plugs to allow the removal of these swirl flaps altogether. BMW addressed the problem by introducing stronger swirl flaps and larger diameter spindles - made from plastic - in 2006.
BMW E46 320d Performance
|Top Speed||129 mph|
|0-60 mph||9.6 secs|
|Torque||280 Nm, 206 ft-lb|
|CO2 Emissions||152 g/km|
|Euro Emissions Standard||3|
|Miles Per Tank||679 miles|
- 85 kW (114 hp) and 280 N·m (207 lb·ft)
- 2003-2005 E46 318d
- 110 kW (148 hp) and 330 N·m (243 lb·ft)
- 2001-2005 E46 320d
- E83 X3 2.0d (up to end of 2006)
BMW E83 X3 2.0d Performance
|Top Speed||123 mph|
|0-60 mph||9.9 secs|
|Torque||330 Nm, 243 ft-lb|
|CO2 Emissions||191 g/km|
|Euro Emissions Standard||4|
|Miles Per Tank||574 miles|
The engine was updated again in 2004 as the M47TU2D20. Still at 1995 cc, it produced more power across the range.
- 90 kW (122 hp) and 280 N·m (207 lb·ft)
- E87 118d
- E90/E91 318d
- 120 kW (163 hp) and 340 N·m (251 lb·ft)
- E60/E61 520d
- E87 120d
- E90/E91 320d
- E83 X3 2.0d (end of 2006 onwards)