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BMW M1

(1978 model)

Brief specs of 1978 BMW M1

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 24-valve straight (inline) engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 3453 cm3 / 210.7 cu in / 210.7 cu in, 203.6 kW / 273.0 hp / 273.0 hp @ 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm, 330.0 N·m / 243.4 lb·ft / 243.4 lb·ft @ 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 262 km/h / 163 mph / 163 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BMWIssued from1978
ModelM1Issued until
SerieM1Number made453
Model familyE26Body construction
Model codeE26Body designation
ManufacturerBMWCountryDE

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typefixed-head coupéNumber of seats2
Bodywork designerGiugiaroCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)4450 l / 157.15 cu ft / 157.15 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4359 mm / 171.6 in / 171.6 inTotal (curb) weight1300 kg / 2866 lb / 2866 lb
Width1824 mm / 71.8 in / 71.8 inDry weight
Height1138 mm / 44.8 in / 44.8 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2560 mm / 100.8 in / 100.8 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1549 mm / 61.0 in / 61.0 inTowing weight
Track rear1575 mm / 62.0 in / 62.0 inWeight distribution (front)44.0 % / 44.0 % / 44.0 %
Ground clearance120 mm / 4.7 in / 4.7 inFuel capacity116 l / 25.5 UK gal / 30.6 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.7  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)0.4Frontal area (A)1.76 m2 / 19.0 sq ft / 19.0 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)0.71 m2 / 7.6 sq ft / 7.6 sq ft (est.)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)17.5 kW / 23.5 hp / 23.5 hp (est.)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders6
Engine Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 6 cylinder)Total number of valves24
Engine ManufacturerBMWValves per cylinder4
Engine constructioncast iron block; light alloy headBore93.4 mm / 3.68 in / 3.68 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke84.0 mm / 3.31 in / 3.31 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.11
Fuel supplyKu-Bo fuel inj.Engine displacement3453 cm3 / 210.7 cu in / 210.7 cu in
Engine Main bearings7Unitary capacity575.50 cm3/cylinder / 35.119 cu in/cylinder / 35.119 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio9.0 : 1
SumpdryMax. output power203.6 kW / 273.0 hp / 273.0 hp at 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm / 6500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque330.0 N·m / 243.4 lb·ft / 243.4 lb·ft at 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm / 5000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm7000 rpm / 7000 rpm / 7000 rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)94.6 kW / 126.9 hp / 126.9 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output59.0 kW/l / 1.296 bhp/cu in / 1.296 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque95.6 N·m/l / 0.84 lb·ft/cu in / 0.84 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.7
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.22

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)4.50 s / 4.50 s / 4.50 sTop (maximal) speed262 km/h / 163 mph / 163 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)5.60 s / 5.60 s / 5.60 sPower-to-weight ratio210.0 kW/ton / 159.1 bhp/ton / 159.1 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/h5.90 s / 5.90 s / 5.90 sFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)13.10 s / 13.10 s / 13.10 sFuel 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 locationmiddleEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrack & pinionSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle13.0 m / 42.7 ft / 42.7 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springs, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm)Suspension rearIndependent, Coil springs, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm)
Wheels front7 x 16Wheels rear8 x 16
Tyres front205/55 VR 16Tyres rear225/50 VR 16
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes rearventilated disc
Brake diameter front300 mm / 11.8 in / 11.8 inBrake diameter rear297 mm / 11.7 in / 11.7 in
Brakes detailsservo-assistedBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of BMW M1

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