Do you own a BMW with a N54 turbo inline six engine? If so, you know that there’s no better feeling than flying down the road with a huge grin on your face. But did you know that it’s possible for your engine to make even more power without having to take out a second mortgage on your home?

Yes, it’s true. There are budget-friendly upgrades that will get a lot more growl out of your engine. Here are 7 ideas that prove that high performance doesn't always cost an arm and a leg:

1. Kohlefaser Luft-Technik Twin Cone Intake


There's a way to improve your N54's appearance and performance for under $400. Install a Kohlefaser Luft-Technik Twin Cone Intake system. It's a high performance air intake system with tubes made out of carbon fiber. It also comes with high-flow reusable air filters.

With this twin cone intake system, you'll enjoy the following benefits:

  • A new and improved look that will last for years to come
  • More horsepower
  • A smoother and broader torque curve

2. Chargepipe With Blow Off Valve Kit


A blow off valve is a great upgrade if you want to:

  • Help your engine to hold a more constant boost level
  • Prevent unwanted pressure bleed off
  • Maintain better power throughout the RPM range
  • Maintain smoother power all across the RPM band
  • Make your turbochargers last longer
  • Add that awesome "whoosh" sound

This matte black chargepipe allows you to upgrade your system with a blow off valve. It's a complete kit that:

  • Costs under $400
  • Has everything you need for an easy installation

3. Dinan Stage 1 Performance Engine Software/Boost Upgrade Kit


There's no single mod that can improve your car's power as much as an engine software upgrade kit does. Dinan is one of the leading brands for BMW N54 high performance products. Dinan's tuning software is among the best in the world.

This Dinan Stage 1 Performance Engine Software/Boost Upgrade Kit provides a lot of power gain with a modest increase in boost. It offers the following benefits:

  • Up to 44 more horsepower
  • Up to 58 lb-ft of torque
  • Factory matching warranty
  • Full map rescaling
  • Properly retuned fuel mixtures

That's a whole lot of power gain for under 500 bucks, isn't it?

4. Wagner Tuning Performance Package


Do you use your N54 strictly as a competition racing vehicle? The Wagner Tuning Performance Package will take your car pretty far on the racetrack. The package contains two important parts:

  1. Intercooler upgrade kit
  2. Stainless steel N54 downpipe kit

The intercooler cools the intake air for better performance. This intercooler is designed to significantly boost your N54's performance. The frontal area is 85% larger than the stock intercooler. Also, the end tank design doesn't have any OEM bottlenecks. This increases the airflow rating and improves the charge cooling properties.

The kit comes with all the parts you need, as well as mounting materials and a set of instructions.

5. Borla Cat-Back Exhaust


For under $1,500, you can get a whole new cat-back exhaust system. The Borla Cat-Back Exhaust System is among the best on the market. It features a patented straight-through and multi-core technology that unleashes hidden horsepower. No other cat-back systems have this technology. This also helps boost your N54's fuel economy.

Not only does this cat-back exhaust system have an optimal design for performance, but it's also made of mandrel bent premium stainless steel.

It's a big upgrade, but it's worth it considering how much power it will add to your car.

6. ECS Tuning Front Sway Bar


We've covered in depth what a sway bar is and how it works, so you'll get the brief version here. A sway bar helps reduce body roll. It keeps the car more stable and flatter while making high speed turns. Having a beefed up front sway bar on your N54 brings several benefits:

  • Better handling
  • Faster cornering
  • Less roll
  • Reduced oversteer

You can get an ECS Tuning sway bar for under $300. ECS Tuning is one of the leading brands in the aftermarket industry, and we have full confidence in all ECS Tuning parts.

7. CTS Intake Kit


More air means more power. An intake kit will:

  • Improve your N54's performance by about 10-20 horsepower
  • Give your N54 a throatier sound

Air intake kits start at about $50 and go up to about $150. When it comes to intake kits, quality matters. That's why we stock this CTS air intake kit. This kit has everything you need to create the higher airflow in your N54.