1959 BMW 700 Coupé

This car has a 2 door coupé body style with a rear positioned engine powering the rear wheels. The 0.7 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, overhead valve, 2 cylinder that has an output of 40 bhp (40.6 PS/29.8 kW) of power at 5700 rpm, and maximum torque of 52 N·m (38 lb·ft/5.3 kgm) at 4000 rpm. The power is transmitted to the wheels through a 4 speed manual gearbox. Stated kerb weight is 601 kg. Maximum speed stated is 126 km/h (78 mph).

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Key facts

1959 BMW 700 Coupé information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 2+2 seats
How long?
3538 mm
How heavy?
601 kg
What size engine?
0.7 litre, 697 cm3
How many cylinders?
2, Flat
How much power?
40.6 PS / 40 bhp / 29.8 kW @ 5700 rpm
How much torque?
52 Nm / 38 ft.lb / 5.3 kgm @ 4000 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 23.4 s
How fast?
126 km/h, 78 mph

BMW 700 models

2 door convertible/​cabriolet RR 4M 698 cm3 39.5 PS 39 bhp 29.1 kW 680 kg
2 door fixed-head coupé RR 4M 697 cm3 30.4 PS 30 bhp 22.4 kW 601 kg

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1959 BMW 700 Coupé data
bodywork
Body type2+2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2121 mm 83.5 inches
Track/tread (front) 1270 mm 50 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1194 mm 47 inches
Length 3538 mm 139.3 inches
Width 1481 mm 58.3 inches
Height 1250 mm 49.2 inches
Ground clearance 146 mm 5.7 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.67
Kerb weight 601 kg 1325 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 31.8 litres 7 UK Gal 8.4 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code
Cylinders Flat 2
Capacity 0.7 litre
697 cc
(42.534 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 78 × 73 mm
3.07 × 2.87 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.07
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
4 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
40.6 PS (40 bhp) (29.8 kW)
at 5700 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
57.4 bhp/litre
0.94 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
52 Nm (38 ft·lb) (5.3 kgm)
at 4000 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
74.61 Nm/litre
0.9 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 9:1
Fuel system
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 937.5 kPa (136 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Air
Unitary capacity 348.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph 23.4 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) -1.00 s
Standing quarter-mile 22.8 s
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 126 km/h (78 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 67.48 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
49.63 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
66.56 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.03 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 20.15 kg/kW
33.66 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position rear
Engine layout unknown
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering rack & pinion
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.CS.TrailA.
Rear suspension I.CS.TrailW.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio
Final drive ratio
general
Carfolio.com ID15884
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 7.5
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1959 BMW 700 Coupé added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.