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BMW 3.0 CSL

(1972 model)

Brief specs of 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, SOHC (single overhead camshaft), 3003 cm3 / 183.3 cu in / 183.3 cu in, 146.9 kW / 197.0 hp / 197.0 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 272.0 N·m / 200.6 lb·ft / 200.6 lb·ft @ 4300 rpm / 4300 rpm / 4300 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 214 km/h / 133 mph / 133 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from1972
Model3.0 CSLIssued until
Serie3Number made
Model familyE9Body construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typefixed-head coupéNumber of seats2+2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)3970 l / 140.20 cu ft / 140.20 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4630 mm / 182.3 in / 182.3 inTotal (curb) weight1270 kg / 2800 lb / 2800 lb
Width1730 mm / 68.1 in / 68.1 inDry weight
Height1370 mm / 53.9 in / 53.9 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2625 mm / 103.3 in / 103.3 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1426 mm / 56.1 in / 56.1 inTowing weight
Track rear1422 mm / 56.0 in / 56.0 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance140 mm / 5.5 in / 5.5 inFuel capacity70 l / 15.4 UK gal / 18.5 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.76  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.01 m2 / 21.7 sq ft / 21.7 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 valves12
Engine ManufacturerBMWValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore89.2 mm / 3.51 in / 3.51 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke80.0 mm / 3.15 in / 3.15 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.12
Fuel supplyBo D-Jetronic fuel inj.Engine displacement3003 cm3 / 183.3 cu in / 183.3 cu in
Engine Main bearings7Unitary capacity500.50 cm3/cylinder / 30.542 cu in/cylinder / 30.542 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignSOHC (single overhead camshaft)Compression ratio9.5 : 1
SumpMax. output power146.9 kW / 197.0 hp / 197.0 hp at 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque272.0 N·m / 200.6 lb·ft / 200.6 lb·ft at 4300 rpm / 4300 rpm / 4300 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)64.8 kW / 86.8 hp / 86.8 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output48.9 kW/l / 1.075 bhp/cu in / 1.075 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque90.6 N·m/l / 0.79 lb·ft/cu in / 0.79 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.25

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed214 km/h / 133 mph / 133 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)7.30 s / 7.30 s / 7.30 sPower-to-weight ratio155.1 kW/ton / 117.5 bhp/ton / 117.5 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/h7.50 s / 7.50 s / 7.50 sFuel 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
Steeringworm & rollerSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock4.5Turning circle10.5 m / 34.4 ft / 34.4 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Lower wishbone, Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)Suspension rearIndependent, Semi-trailing arm, Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front195/70 VR 14Tyres rear195/70 VR 14
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 3.0 CSL

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