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BMW 501

(1957 model)

Brief specs of 1957 BMW 501

4-seater, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, 3168 cm3 / 193.3 cu in / 193.3 cu in, 103.0 kW / 138.1 hp / 138.1 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, 223.0 N·m / 164.5 lb·ft / 164.5 lb·ft @ 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from1957
Model501Issued until
Serie5Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE,ZA

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors
Bodywork typeNumber of seats4
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)5040 l / 177.99 cu ft / 177.99 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4740 mm / 186.6 in / 186.6 inTotal (curb) weight1405 kg / 3097 lb / 3097 lb
Width1790 mm / 70.5 in / 70.5 inDry weight
Height1540 mm / 60.6 in / 60.6 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2840 mm / 111.8 in / 111.8 inGross (max.) weight
Track frontTowing weight
Track rearWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance180 mm / 7.1 in / 7.1 inFuel capacity
Length/wheelbase ratio1.67  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.34 m2 / 25.2 sq ft / 25.2 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 Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 8 cylinder)Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore82.0 mm / 3.23 in / 3.23 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke75.0 mm / 2.95 in / 2.95 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.09
Fuel supplyCarburettorEngine displacement3168 cm3 / 193.3 cu in / 193.3 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity396.08 cm3/cylinder / 24.170 cu in/cylinder / 24.170 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignCompression ratio
SumpMax. output power103.0 kW / 138.1 hp / 138.1 hp at 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque223.0 N·m / 164.5 lb·ft / 164.5 lb·ft at 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm / 2500 rpm
Compressor typeMaximum rpm
IntercoolerMax. net output (power at the wheels)41.2 kW / 55.3 hp / 55.3 hp (est.)
CoolantSpecific output32.5 kW/l / 0.714 bhp/cu in / 0.714 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converterSpecific torque70.4 N·m/l / 0.62 lb·ft/cu in / 0.62 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typeNumber of gears
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio
  Final gear (drive) ratio

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio99.6 kW/ton / 75.5 bhp/ton / 75.5 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 locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle11.0 m / 36.1 ft / 36.1 ft
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontBrakes rear
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of BMW 501

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