ESS Tuning S54 VT2-575 Intercooled Supercharger System (Gen. 3) - E46 M3

ESS Tuning was founded in Aremark, Norway in 1995, providing supercharger solutions to the mighty BMW platform. Since then, they've amassed a legendary reputation as the largest BMW supercharger system manufacturer in the world, and as a well-known innovator in the chip and ECU tuning sector with an extensive expertise in Bosch and Siemens engine control systems. In the quest for true uncompromised performance, no one rivals ESS Tuning.

Product Information

The top of the line, intercooled Gen.3 S54 VT2-575 supercharger system produces 575hp and 360lb-ft of torque at 10psi of boost. A 232hp gain over stock, eclipsing the output of a Nissan GTR!  Featuring the highly efficent, extremely durable and self contained Vortech V3 supercharger unit in Si trim, the supercharger is capable of producing up to 775hp. 

The VT2-575 comes with a completely new 7rib belt drive system with speed optimized power steering and water pump rotation for track duty, a high capacity front mount intercooler (FMIC) and a specially developed cast aluminum intake manifold assembly with an integrated high capacity bypass valve designed not only for optimum flow, but for minimal weight to not disrupt the iconic chassis balance of the M3. The VT2-575 is a complete system with everything you need and is easily upgradeable as all the major hardware components are the same all the way up to our VT3-700.

The supercharger system includes the ESS E-Flash OBD2 cable and specific ESS engine software that is perfectly calibrated for the VT2-575 supercharged engine providing optimum ignition timing under all conditions, recalibrated throttle control for quicker throttle response, recalibrated VANOS control, and perfectly optimized fuel delivery. The dyno limiter and top speed governors are also removed. The E-Flash allows the end user to upload the supercharger ECU software from any PC running Windows XP or newer and includes a full diagnostic and code clearing capability. Any future ESS software updates can be received by email and loaded directly to the car. The stock ECU software will be saved and can easily be restored in the future.

Power delivery is 100% smooth and OEM-caliber.  The car behaves just like stock until you demand power, then the car completely transform providing brutal acceleration normally reserved for pure race cars. 

The ESS S54 Gen.3 VT systems includes a significantly improved main bracket design with 60% stronger structural rigidity, an improved 3 roller beltdrive system with improved belt traction in severe racing conditions and also newly developed one piece silicone discharge hoses for SC to IC connections for improved flow and ease of installation.

Like all ESS supercharger systems, the S54 VT Gen 3 kits are tested and tuned for over 50,000 street and track miles on multiple vehicles throughout the world, 60+ hours on a load dyno, full load top speed endurance testing on the German Autobahn, and final certification laps on the Nurburgring. The system maintains all OBD-II functions and it is backed by a comprehensive 2 year, unlimited mileage warranty program. This complete system is 100% bolt on and includes everything you need. Installation takes 6-8 hours using normal hand tools and no irreversible modifications to the car are necessary.

S54 VT2-575 Intercooled Supercharger System: Intercooled, 10PSI system compatible with manual and SMG E46 M3. 93AKI/98RON or above required.

*HFC or cat-delete mid section recommended for optimal results. For off-road use only unless otherwise noted. The system is designed and calibrated for OEM Euro style exhaust headers.

Correction factor for drivetrain loss is 15% above RWHP as seen in dynograph (RWHP/0.85)

Key information

  • Installation time: 6-8 hours
  • Boost pressure: 10 PSI
  • Horsepower: 575SAE (70% gain over stock) 
  • Torque: 360 ft/lbs
  • ESS SMG performance software is also recommended with this product on SMG cars (not included)

System components

  • Vortech V3 Si-trim internally lubricated supercharger unit
  • Heavy Duty 7PK (7rib) belt drive system with VT2-575 specific SC drive ratio
  • High capacity front mount intercooler system with casted end tanks for improved flow (FMIC)
  • Cast aluminum ESS intake manifold
  • High capacity bypass-valve system
  • Powder-coated mandrel bent tubing
  • One belt driven w/self tension system
  • Gen 3 improved, stronger CNC machined, hard anodized brackets
  • Improved 3 idler pulley belt loop design with greatly improved belt traction under extreme conditions
  • CNC hard anodized pulleys
  • Long life serpentine drive belt
  • Oil breather assembly designed for boost
  • 5 layer super strength silicone hose throughout system
  • High capacity, direct replacement Siemens fuel injectors
  • K&N cold air intake located inside front bumper
  • ESS E-Flash reprogramming and diagnostic interface
  • Perfectly optimized, dyno tweaked MSS54/MSS54HP ECU software with removed top speed governor
  • Detailed and illustrated installation manual
  • 2yr./unlimted mileage warranty
  • 100% maintenance free operation
  • 3 Series / E46 (1998-2006) / M3

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