Key facts

1994 BMW 316i Compact E36 information summary

What body style?
hatchback with 4/5 seats
How long?
4210 mm
How heavy?
1250 kg
What size engine?
1.6 litre, 1596 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
102 PS / 101 bhp / 75 kW @ 5500 rpm
How much torque?
150 Nm / 111 / 15.3 kgm @ 3900 rpm
How quick?
0-100 km/h: 12.6 s
How fast?
189 km/h, 117 mph
How economical?
10.8/5.9/7.7 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined
What carbon dioxide emissions?
182.0 CO2 g/km


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1994 BMW 316i Compact technical specifications


The BMW 316i Compact is a 3 door hatchback style car with a front mounted engine driving through the rear wheels.
It forms part of BMW's E36 series.
The power is produced by a naturally aspirated engine of 1.6 litre capacity. This unit features single overhead camshaft valve gear, 4 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. It produces 101 bhp (102 PS/75 kW) of power at 5500 rpm, and maximum torque of 150 N·m (111 lb·ft/15.3 kgm) at 3900 rpm.
The power is transferred to the wheels via a 5 speed manual gearbox.
With a stated weight at the kerb of 1250 kg, the BMW 316i Compact manages to cover the 0-100 km/h dash in 12.6 seconds and the kilometre from standstill in 34 seconds.
The BMW 316i Compact is said to be able to achieve a top speed of 189 km/h, or 117 mph, stated fuel consumption is 10.8/5.9/7.7 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined, and carbon dioxide emissions are 182.0 g/km.
1994 BMW 316i Compact data
1994 BMW 316i Compact E36 data
Body type4/5 seater hatchback
Number of doors3
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2700 106.3
Track/tread (front) 1418 55.8
Track/tread (rear) 1423 56
Length 4210 165.7
Width 1698 66.9
Height 1393 54.8
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.56
Kerb weight 1250 kg 2756 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 55 litres 12.1 UK Gal 14.5 US Gal
Drag coefficient 0.33
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1.6 litre
1596 cc
(97.394 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 84 × 72 mm
3.31 × 2.83 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.17
single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output
102 PS (101 bhp) (75 kW)
at 5500 rpm
Specific output
63.3 bhp/litre
1.04 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
150 Nm (111 ft·lb) (15.3 kgm)
at 3900 rpm
Specific torque
93.98 Nm/litre
1.14 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio 9.7:1
Fuel system
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1181 kPa (171.3 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 399 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter Y
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) 8.1 s
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h 12.6 s
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile 18.3 s
Standing kilometre 34 s
Maximum speed 189 km/h (117 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 81.92 PS/g
60.25 kW/g
80.8 bhp/ton
0.04 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 16.6 kg/kW
27.72 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption 10.8/5.9/7.7 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km10.8/5.9/7.7 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined
km per litre9.3/16.9/13.0 km/l urban/extra-urban/combined
UK MPG26.2/47.9/36.7 UK MPG urban/extra-urban/combined
US MPG21.8/39.9/30.5 US MPG urban/extra-urban/combined
Carbon dioxide emissions 182.0 g/km
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ? 178.64 g/km
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.MS.
Rear suspension I.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Di/Dr-ABS
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox 5 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.38
general ID13827
Production total
Model code
Model family E36
RAC rating 17.5
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1994 BMW 316i Compact added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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