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BMW 507

(1956 model)

Brief specs of 1956 BMW 507

2-door 2-seater roadster, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 3169 cm3 / 193.4 cu in / 193.4 cu in, 111.9 kW / 150.1 hp / 150.1 hp @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, 235.0 N·m / 173.3 lb·ft / 173.3 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 196 km/h / 122 mph / 122 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from1956
Model507Issued until
Serie5Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typeroadsterNumber of seats2
Bodywork designerAlbrecht Graf GoerzCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)4090 l / 144.44 cu ft / 144.44 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4397 mm / 173.1 in / 173.1 inTotal (curb) weight1315 kg / 2899 lb / 2899 lb
Width1651 mm / 65.0 in / 65.0 inDry weight
Height1206 mm / 47.5 in / 47.5 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2479 mm / 97.6 in / 97.6 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1441 mm / 56.7 in / 56.7 inTowing weight
Track rear1429 mm / 56.3 in / 56.3 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity110 l / 24.2 UK gal / 29.1 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.77  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.69 m2 / 18.2 sq ft / 18.2 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders8
Engine TypeV engine (90.0° vee)Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerBMWValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionaluminium block & headBore82.0 mm / 3.23 in / 3.23 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke75.0 mm / 2.95 in / 2.95 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.09
Fuel supply2 Ze carbsEngine displacement3169 cm3 / 193.4 cu in / 193.4 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity396.13 cm3/cylinder / 24.173 cu in/cylinder / 24.173 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio7.8 : 1
SumpMax. output power111.9 kW / 150.1 hp / 150.1 hp at 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque235.0 N·m / 173.3 lb·ft / 173.3 lb·ft at 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)44.5 kW / 59.7 hp / 59.7 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output35.3 kW/l / 0.776 bhp/cu in / 0.776 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque74.2 N·m/l / 0.65 lb·ft/cu in / 0.65 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.7

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed196 km/h / 122 mph / 122 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)10.50 s / 10.50 s / 10.50 sPower-to-weight ratio114.1 kW/ton / 86.4 bhp/ton / 86.4 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/h11.10 s / 11.10 s / 11.10 sFuel 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 locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle11.0 m / 36.1 ft / 36.1 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Torsion barSuspension rearLive axle, Torsion bar
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front6.00-16Tyres rear6.00-16
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of BMW 507

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