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BMW 523i

(1996 model)

Brief specs of 1996 BMW 523i

4-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 24-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 2494 cm3 / 152.2 cu in / 152.2 cu in, 126.8 kW / 170.0 hp / 170.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 245.0 N·m / 180.7 lb·ft / 180.7 lb·ft @ 3950 rpm / 3950 rpm / 3950 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 229 km/h / 142 mph / 142 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from1996
Model523iIssued until
Serie5Number made
Model familyE39Body construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors4
Bodywork typesedan (saloon)Number of seats5
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)500 l / 17.66 cu ft / 17.66 cu ft
Passenger space (volume)5010 l / 176.93 cu ft / 176.93 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4775 mm / 188.0 in / 188.0 inTotal (curb) weight1545 kg / 3406 lb / 3406 lb
Width1800 mm / 70.9 in / 70.9 inDry weight
Height1435 mm / 56.5 in / 56.5 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2830 mm / 111.4 in / 111.4 inGross (max.) weight
Track frontTowing weight
Track rearWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity70 l / 15.4 UK gal / 18.5 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.69  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.20 m2 / 23.6 sq ft / 23.6 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders6
Engine Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 6 cylinder)Total number of valves24
Engine ManufacturerBMWValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore84.0 mm / 3.31 in / 3.31 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke75.0 mm / 2.95 in / 2.95 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.12
Fuel supplyEFiEngine displacement2494 cm3 / 152.2 cu in / 152.2 cu in
Engine Main bearings7Unitary capacity415.67 cm3/cylinder / 25.366 cu in/cylinder / 25.366 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio
SumpMax. output power126.8 kW / 170.0 hp / 170.0 hp at 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque245.0 N·m / 180.7 lb·ft / 180.7 lb·ft at 3950 rpm / 3950 rpm / 3950 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)68.5 kW / 91.8 hp / 91.8 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output50.8 kW/l / 1.117 bhp/cu in / 1.117 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converteryesSpecific torque98.2 N·m/l / 0.86 lb·ft/cu in / 0.86 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio
  Final gear (drive) ratio

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed229 km/h / 142 mph / 142 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)8.00 s / 8.00 s / 8.00 sPower-to-weight ratio110.0 kW/ton / 83.4 bhp/ton / 83.4 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)20.70 s / 20.70 s / 20.70 sFuel 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
Steeringrecirculating ball PASSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, MacPherson strut, Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)Suspension rearIndependent, Trailing arm, Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes rearventilated disc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsservo-assisted, ABS (anti-lock braking system)Braked area

Technical specifications and performance data of BMW 523i

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