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BMW 540i Touring Automatic

(1996 model)

Brief specs of 1996 BMW 540i Touring Automatic

5-door 5-seater station wagon (estate, combi), 8-cylinder 32-valve V engine, 4396 cm3 / 268.3 cu in / 268.3 cu in, 210.0 kW / 281.6 hp / 281.6 hp @ 5400 rpm / 5400 rpm / 5400 rpm, 440.0 N·m / 324.5 lb·ft / 324.5 lb·ft @ 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm, automatic 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 250 km/h / 155 mph / 155 mph top speed, consumption 12.8 l/100km / 22.1 mpg-UK / 18.4 mpg-US

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from1996
Model540i Touring AutomaticIssued until
Serie5Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors5
Bodywork typestation wagon (estate, combi)Number of seats5
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)2803 l / 98.99 cu ft / 98.99 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4810 mm / 189.4 in / 189.4 inTotal (curb) weight1845 kg / 4068 lb / 4068 lb
Width1810 mm / 71.3 in / 71.3 inDry weight
Height1450 mm / 57.1 in / 57.1 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2840 mm / 111.8 in / 111.8 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)2.23 m2 / 24.0 sq ft / 24.0 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 TypeV engine (V8)Total number of valves32
Engine ManufacturerValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore92.0 mm / 3.62 in / 3.62 in
FuelStroke82.7 mm / 3.26 in / 3.26 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.11
Fuel supplyInjectionEngine displacement4396 cm3 / 268.3 cu in / 268.3 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity549.76 cm3/cylinder / 33.548 cu in/cylinder / 33.548 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignCompression ratio10.0 : 1
SumpwetMax. output power210.0 kW / 281.6 hp / 281.6 hp at 5400 rpm / 5400 rpm / 5400 rpm
AspirationMax. torque440.0 N·m / 324.5 lb·ft / 324.5 lb·ft at 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm
Compressor typeMaximum rpm
IntercoolerMax. net output (power at the wheels)84.0 kW / 112.6 hp / 112.6 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output47.8 kW/l / 1.050 bhp/cu in / 1.050 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converterSpecific torque100.1 N·m/l / 0.88 lb·ft/cu in / 0.88 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

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

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed250 km/h / 155 mph / 155 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio155.0 kW/ton / 117.4 bhp/ton / 117.4 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)18.9 l/100km / 14.9 mpg-UK / 12.4 mpg-US
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)9.2 l/100km / 30.7 mpg-UK / 25.6 mpg-US
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)12.8 l/100km / 22.1 mpg-UK / 18.4 mpg-US
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions307 g/km / 494 g/mi / 494 g/mi
  Range547 km / 340 mi / 340 mi

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 front225/55-R1695Tyres rear225/55-R1695
Brakes frontBrakes rear
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsABS (anti-lock braking system)Braked area

Technical specifications and performance data of BMW 540i Touring Automatic

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