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BMW 501

(1961 model)

Brief specs of 1961 BMW 501

2-door 5-seater, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve straight (inline) engine, 2580 cm3 / 157.4 cu in / 157.4 cu in, 74.0 kW / 99.2 hp / 99.2 hp, 182.0 N·m / 134.2 lb·ft / 134.2 lb·ft, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from1961
Model501Issued until
Serie5Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE,ZA

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typeNumber of seats5
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) weight1345 kg / 2965 lb / 2965 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 capacity110 l / 24.2 UK gal / 29.1 US gal
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 constructionBore
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio
Fuel supplyCarburettorEngine displacement2580 cm3 / 157.4 cu in / 157.4 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity
Cam DesignCompression ratio
SumpMax. output power74.0 kW / 99.2 hp / 99.2 hp at
AspirationnaturalMax. torque182.0 N·m / 134.2 lb·ft / 134.2 lb·ft at
Compressor typeMaximum rpm
IntercoolerMax. net output (power at the wheels)29.6 kW / 39.7 hp / 39.7 hp (est.)
CoolantSpecific output28.7 kW/l / 0.630 bhp/cu in / 0.630 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converterSpecific torque70.5 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 ratio75.1 kW/ton / 56.9 bhp/ton / 56.9 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 frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of BMW 501

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