Forged Piston Set (Factory Spec), Mahle - E82 135i, E9X 335i, E60 535i, Z4 35i
Forged 2618 piston set with ceramic coating and bore & compression
Mahle Motorsports N54 pistons are forged for strength, light weight, and low drag to be a modest upgrade over the stock BMW pistons. Factory BMW pistons are cast aluminum, which is fine for the intended power output and durability. But increase the performance, especially on turbocharged engines, and the cast aluminum becomes a weak link at some point. The strength of cast parts is susceptible to heat, detonation/knock, and other timing or fuel issues. These types of combustion forces can make it brittle or even deform the piston shape or size. Forged pistons are inherently a stronger material and more robust in these extreme conditions.
This piston set is all of the stock specs - no oversize and stock compression (also available with lower compression).
Full specs -
Rod length: 145.05mm
Compression height: 31.7mm
Pin diameter: 22mm
Piston crown volume: -17.2cc
Compression ratio: 10.2:1
Mahle uses their high-performance 2618 alloy for their N54 pistons. This is a material usually reserved for racing and other "heavy duty" turbo applications. The 2618 is a low silicon and high expansion material with better tolerances and higher resistance to detonation. These pistons will be softer and more ductile than a piston with more silicon content. This allows the piston to "deform" and better absorb combustion forces before a catastrophic failure. One side effect is these pistons will expand from a smaller diameter when cold, which may result in piston slap knocking noises that should go away when the engine reaches operating temp. The 2618 pistons also feature hard-anodized ring lands that resist wear better than un-protected surfaces.
Mahle Motorsports pistons are better engineered than mass-market OEM pistons. Quality and machining is much more tightly controlled, ensuring superior performance. This piston set has a ceramic-based thermal coating on the piston top (crown) that greatly reduces heat transfer and shock into the alloy. Mahle also uses a Grafal coating on piston skirts that reduces drag, friction, scuffing, and cylinder bore wear and a phosphate coating on the rest of the piston.
All pistons include a ring set, wrist pins, and circlips.
Made in the USA.
E82 / E88 (08-13) > 135i
E82 / E88 (08-13) > 1M (11-12)
E90 / E91 / E92 / E93 (06-13) > 335i
E90 / E91 / E92 / E93 (06-13) > 335is
E90 / E91 / E92 / E93 (06-13) > 335xi
E60 / E61 (04-10) > 535i
E60 / E61 (04-10) > 535xi
E89 Z4 (2009-2016) > Z4 sDrive35i
E89 Z4 (2009-2016) > Z4 sDrive35is