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BMW S3 3.2

(1997 model)

Brief specs of 1997 BMW S3 3.2

4-seater convertible (cabriolet), 6-cylinder 24-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 3201 cm3 / 195.3 cu in / 195.3 cu in, 194.0 kW / 260.2 hp / 260.2 hp @ 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm, 329.5 N·m / 243.0 lb·ft / 243.0 lb·ft, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 258 km/h / 160 mph / 160 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from1997
ModelS3 3.2Issued until
SerieS3Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors
Bodywork typeconvertible (cabriolet)Number of seats4
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)4830 l / 170.57 cu ft / 170.57 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

LengthTotal (curb) weight1368 kg / 3016 lb / 3016 lb
Width1720 mm / 67.7 in / 67.7 inDry weight
Height1370 mm / 53.9 in / 53.9 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2710 mm / 106.7 in / 106.7 inGross (max.) weight
Track frontTowing weight
Track rearWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity
Length/wheelbase ratio  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.00 m2 / 21.6 sq ft / 21.6 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 ManufacturerValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore84.1 mm / 3.31 in / 3.31 in
FuelStroke84.1 mm / 3.31 in / 3.31 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1
Fuel supplyEngine displacement3201 cm3 / 195.3 cu in / 195.3 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity467.17 cm3/cylinder / 28.508 cu in/cylinder / 28.508 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio10.2 : 1
SumpMax. output power194.0 kW / 260.2 hp / 260.2 hp at 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm / 4800 rpm
AspirationMax. torque329.5 N·m / 243.0 lb·ft / 243.0 lb·ft at
Compressor typeMaximum rpm
IntercoolerMax. net output (power at the wheels)90.5 kW / 121.4 hp / 121.4 hp (est.)
CoolantSpecific output60.6 kW/l / 1.332 bhp/cu in / 1.332 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converterSpecific torque102.9 N·m/l / 0.90 lb·ft/cu in / 0.90 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) speed258 km/h / 160 mph / 160 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)5.50 s / 5.50 s / 5.50 sPower-to-weight ratio193.5 kW/ton / 146.6 bhp/ton / 146.6 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 alignment
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front245/50-R17Tyres rear225/45-R17
Brakes frontdiscBrakes reardisc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsABS (anti-lock braking system)Braked area

Technical specifications and performance data of BMW S3 3.2

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