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BMW Z3 M

(1997 model)

Brief specs of 1997 BMW Z3 M

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 24-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 3152 cm3 / 192.3 cu in / 192.3 cu in, 236.4 kW / 317.0 hp / 317.0 hp @ 7500 rpm / 7500 rpm / 7500 rpm, 350.0 N·m / 258.1 lb·ft / 258.1 lb·ft @ 3250 rpm / 3250 rpm / 3250 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 249 km/h / 155 mph / 155 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from1997
ModelZ3 MIssued until
SerieZ3Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)5010 l / 176.93 cu ft / 176.93 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4026 mm / 158.5 in / 158.5 inTotal (curb) weight1393 kg / 3071 lb / 3071 lb
Width1740 mm / 68.5 in / 68.5 inDry weight
Height1265 mm / 49.8 in / 49.8 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2446 mm / 96.3 in / 96.3 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1397 mm / 55.0 in / 55.0 inTowing weight
Track rear1491 mm / 58.7 in / 58.7 inWeight distribution (front)50.0 % / 50.0 % / 50.0 %
Ground clearance120 mm / 4.7 in / 4.7 inFuel capacity51 l / 11.2 UK gal / 13.5 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.65  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.87 m2 / 20.1 sq ft / 20.1 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 constructionBore86.4 mm / 3.40 in / 3.40 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke89.6 mm / 3.53 in / 3.53 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.96
Fuel supplyEngine displacement3152 cm3 / 192.3 cu in / 192.3 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity525.33 cm3/cylinder / 32.058 cu in/cylinder / 32.058 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio10.5 : 1
SumpMax. output power236.4 kW / 317.0 hp / 317.0 hp at 7500 rpm / 7500 rpm / 7500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque350.0 N·m / 258.1 lb·ft / 258.1 lb·ft at 3250 rpm / 3250 rpm / 3250 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)96.0 kW / 128.8 hp / 128.8 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output75.0 kW/l / 1.648 bhp/cu in / 1.648 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converteryesSpecific torque111.0 N·m/l / 0.97 lb·ft/cu in / 0.97 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) speed249 km/h / 155 mph / 155 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)5.30 s / 5.30 s / 5.30 sPower-to-weight ratio227.6 kW/ton / 172.4 bhp/ton / 172.4 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)13.80 s / 13.80 s / 13.80 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
Steeringrack & pinion PASSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle10.0 m / 32.8 ft / 32.8 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, MacPherson strutSuspension rearIndependent, Semi-trailing arm
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front225/50-R17Tyres rear195/65-R15
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 Z3 M

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