NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Dinan Stage 1 B46 (‘F’ Chassis) Performance Engine Software

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NEW PRODUCT RELEASE: Dinan Stage 1 B46 (‘F’ Chassis) Performance Engine Software

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OPELIKA, AL. (January 10th, 2022) - Dinan is pleased to be able to announce a new product offering being added into the catalog; the Dinan Stage 1 Performance Engine Software for the BMW B46 engine on ‘F’ chassis vehicles. Experience the Dinan difference today and never look back!

Part Number(s): D900-B46-F-S1 & D900-B46-F-S1-W


  • 2017-2020 F22/F23 230i & xDrive
  • 2017-2019 F30/F31 330i & xDrive
  • 2017-2019 F34 330i GT xDrive
  • 2017-2020 F32/F33/F36 430i & xDrive

The Quick and Dirty (Features and Benefits):

  • More Power: Stage 1 - Max gains of 53 WHP / 78 lb-ft of torque over stock on 93 octane with more on tap when using race fuels. Consult the performance charts for additional octanes and data. Dinan + - Max gains of 39 WHP / 54 lb-ft of torque over stock with 91 octane. Consult the performance charts for additional data.
  • Warranty: Dinan Stage 1 performance software includes a limited lifetime warranty against defects in the software and provides free updates and reflashes as they become available. Labor or shipping charges are not included in the warranty. Dinan + performance software matches the factory new car warranty (4year / 50,000 mi) and is the warranty protection commonly associated with the Dinan brand.
  • Stage 1 affords access to numerous octane calibrations depending on your needs (91, 93, 100 and 104). Switching between mappings would require a reflash at a Dinan authorized dealer. Dinan + is limited to a single map (91).
  • Full map rescaling for drivability from idle to wide-open throttle and everywhere in between.
  • Optimized boost control, cam phasing, lamda targeting, fueling, airflow and temperature controls for maximum power output that is also safe and reliable.
  • Retains all BMW factory engine safeguards and adds numerous additional safety protections.
  • Top speed governor (VMAX) removed.
  • Torque by gear strategies implemented for maximum power output and traction.
  • Sport mode cooling that targets lower coolant temperatures added for optimum track effectiveness.
  • Pedal feel improved to naturally align with the increased torque output.
  • Sport gauges rescaled to reflect higher than stock power output.
  • “der Schubblubbern” (AKA Thrust Bubbles or Pops & Bangs) added in Sport mode for additional audible satisfaction.

The Story:

Engine software on a turbocharged platform is far and away the most cost-effective upgrade to improving engine performance. Through optimization of control strategies and taking full advantage of the engine’s capabilities, substantial power can be extracted without any additional modifications. For F chassis BMW’s equipped with the B46 motor this translates into maximum gains of nearly 55 WHP & 80 lb-ft of torque on pump gas with the capability of significantly more when running higher octane race fuels. With a 12-29% WHP bump and an increase of 16-45% of torque, depending on octane, the results are delightfully undeniable.

While increases in power via ECU upgrades in the marketplace can come at a cost to the engine's durability, this is typically due to improper calibrations that are simply after one goal regardless of engine health - maximum power. Dinan’s calibrations are safe and reliable without sacrificing long-term reliability or performance. Dinan performance engine software is so much more than just turning up the turbo boost after all. It is a fully re-tuned engine management program that maximizes power while keeping all the BMW factory safeguards in place. In most cases Dinan software engineers also implement their own additional safety precautions in order to guarantee flawless performance that may not have been needed with factory power levels/programming. Protecting your BMW, while giving the most performance, is the definition of "Performance Without Sacrifice". To do just that, drivetrain and engine components are analyzed for strength, and then the calibration is tested on the dyno and in the real world for durability and drivability. This process has been a cornerstone of Dinan software development for decades and a major reason why Dinan performance tunes are often labeled as being the smoothest, factory-like solution in the marketplace.

Dinan’s ECU upgrades are offered in numerous configurations depending on your specific needs, desires or limitations. Whether you are limited to 91 pump gas, want to experience maximum performance with 104 octane, or something in between, chances are Dinan has an option for you. At its core Dinan offers 2 base options; Stage 1 and Dinan +. The Dinan Stage 1 Performance Engine Software is designed for the B46 engine to yield maximum power (for a variety of different octanes), improve drivability, and remove the factory speed governor for unadulterated entertainment. The Dinan + variant of software offers these same features (albeit limited to 91/93 octane) but also carries the signature Dinan 4yr / 50k, factory matching new car warranty that the brand is synonymous with.


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