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BMW M5

(1988 model)

Brief specs of 1988 BMW M5

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 24-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 3535 cm3 / 215.7 cu in / 215.7 cu in, 231.9 kW / 311.0 hp / 311.0 hp @ 6900 rpm / 6900 rpm / 6900 rpm, 360.0 N·m / 265.5 lb·ft / 265.5 lb·ft @ 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 253 km/h / 157 mph / 157 mph top speed, consumption 9.0 l/100km / 31.4 mpg-UK / 26.1 mpg-US

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from1988
ModelM5Issued until
SerieM5Number made
Model familyE34Body construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE,ZA

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors4
Bodywork typesedan (saloon)Number of seats5
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)4450 l / 157.15 cu ft / 157.15 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4720 mm / 185.8 in / 185.8 inTotal (curb) weight1733 kg / 3821 lb / 3821 lb
Width1750 mm / 68.9 in / 68.9 inDry weight
Height1392 mm / 54.8 in / 54.8 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2760 mm / 108.7 in / 108.7 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1473 mm / 58.0 in / 58.0 inTowing weight
Track rear1496 mm / 58.9 in / 58.9 inWeight distribution (front)50.0 % / 50.0 % / 50.0 %
Ground clearanceFuel capacity
Length/wheelbase ratio1.71  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)0.32Frontal area (A)2.07 m2 / 22.3 sq ft / 22.3 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)0.66 m2 / 7.1 sq ft / 7.1 sq ft (est.)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)16.5 kW / 22.1 hp / 22.1 hp (est.)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders6
Engine Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 6 cylinder)Total number of valves24
Engine ManufacturerBMWValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore93.4 mm / 3.68 in / 3.68 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke86.0 mm / 3.39 in / 3.39 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.09
Fuel supplyBo Mot fuel inj.Engine displacement3535 cm3 / 215.7 cu in / 215.7 cu in
Engine Main bearings7Unitary capacity589.17 cm3/cylinder / 35.953 cu in/cylinder / 35.953 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio10.0 : 1
SumpwetMax. output power231.9 kW / 311.0 hp / 311.0 hp at 6900 rpm / 6900 rpm / 6900 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque360.0 N·m / 265.5 lb·ft / 265.5 lb·ft at 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm / 4750 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)113.4 kW / 152.1 hp / 152.1 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output65.6 kW/l / 1.442 bhp/cu in / 1.442 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converteryesSpecific torque101.8 N·m/l / 0.89 lb·ft/cu in / 0.89 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.81
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.91

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)4.90 s / 4.90 s / 4.90 sTop (maximal) speed253 km/h / 157 mph / 157 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)6.40 s / 6.40 s / 6.40 sPower-to-weight ratio179.5 kW/ton / 136.0 bhp/ton / 136.0 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/h6.40 s / 6.40 s / 6.40 sFuel consumption, City (urban)18.1 l/100km / 15.6 mpg-UK / 13.0 mpg-US
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)14.40 s / 14.40 s / 14.40 sFuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)9.4 l/100km / 30.1 mpg-UK / 25.0 mpg-US
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)9.0 l/100km / 31.4 mpg-UK / 26.1 mpg-US
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions211 g/km / 339 g/mi / 339 g/mi (est.)
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front235/45 ZR 17Tyres rear235/45 ZR 17
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes rearventilated disc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsservo-assisted, ABS (anti-lock braking system)Braked area

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