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BMW-Isetta 600

(1955 model)

Brief specs of 1955 BMW-Isetta 600

2-seater minicar, petrol (gasoline) 2-cylinder 4-valve flat (horizontally opposed, boxer) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 585 cm3 / 35.7 cu in / 35.7 cu in, 14.5 kW / 19.4 hp / 19.4 hp @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, 39.0 N·m / 28.8 lb·ft / 28.8 lb·ft @ 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMW-IsettaIssued from1955
Model600Issued until
Serie600Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBMW-IsettaCountryDE

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors
Bodywork typeminicarNumber of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length2946 mm / 116.0 in / 116.0 inTotal (curb) weight510 kg / 1124 lb / 1124 lb
Width1372 mm / 54.0 in / 54.0 inDry weight
Height1422 mm / 56.0 in / 56.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase1930 mm / 76.0 in / 76.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1245 mm / 49.0 in / 49.0 inTowing weight
Track rear1181 mm / 46.5 in / 46.5 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance165 mm / 6.5 in / 6.5 inFuel capacity23 l / 5.0 UK gal / 6.0 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.53  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.66 m2 / 17.9 sq ft / 17.9 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders2
Engine Typeflat (horizontally opposed, boxer) Total number of valves4
Engine ManufacturerValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore74.0 mm / 2.91 in / 2.91 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke68.0 mm / 2.68 in / 2.68 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.09
Fuel supply1 So carbEngine displacement585 cm3 / 35.7 cu in / 35.7 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity292.50 cm3/cylinder / 17.849 cu in/cylinder / 17.849 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio6.5 : 1
SumpMax. output power14.5 kW / 19.4 hp / 19.4 hp at 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque39.0 N·m / 28.8 lb·ft / 28.8 lb·ft at 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)5.8 kW / 7.8 hp / 7.8 hp (est.)
CoolantairSpecific output24.8 kW/l / 0.545 bhp/cu in / 0.545 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque66.7 N·m/l / 0.58 lb·ft/cu in / 0.58 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.85
  Final gear (drive) ratio5.43

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio38.2 kW/ton / 29.0 bhp/ton / 29.0 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationrearEngine alignment
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle7.9 m / 25.9 ft / 25.9 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springsSuspension rearIndependent, Coil springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsservo-assistedBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of BMW-Isetta 600

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