1978 BMW M1 E26 E26

This automobile has a 2 door coupé body style styled by Giugiaro with a mid positioned engine supplying power to the rear wheels. The BMW M1 belongs to the E26 model family from BMW. Its engine is a naturally aspirated petrol, 3.5 litre, double overhead camshaft 6 cylinder with 4 valves per cylinder. In this application it has an output of 273 bhp (277 PS/204 kW) of power at 6500 rpm, and maximum torque of 330 N·m (243 lb·ft/33.7 kgm) at 5000 rpm. Lubrication is of the dry sump-type. A 5 speed manual gearbox transmits the power to the wheels. With a stated kerb weight of 1300 kg, the BMW M1 manages to cover the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.9 seconds and the kilometre from rest in 25.4 seconds. It is claimed to achieve a top speed of 262 km/h, or 163 mph, official fuel consumption figures are 8.9/10.2/19.6 l/100km 90 km/h / 120 km/h / ECE cycle.

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Key facts

1978 BMW M1 E26 E26 information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 2 seats
How long?
4359 mm
How heavy?
1300 kg
What size engine?
3.5 litre, 3453 cm3
How many cylinders?
6, Straight
How much power?
277 PS / 273 bhp / 204 kW @ 6500 rpm
How much torque?
330 Nm / 243 ft.lb / 33.7 kgm @ 5000 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 5.6 s
How quick?
0-100 km/h: 5.9 s
How fast?
262 km/h, 163 mph
How economical?
8.9/10.2/19.6 l/100km 90 km/h / 120 km/h / ECE cycle

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1978 BMW M1 data
bodywork
Body type2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
DesignerGiugiaro
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2560 mm 100.8 inches
Track/tread (front) 1549 mm 61 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1575 mm 62 inches
Length 4359 mm 171.6 inches
Width 1824 mm 71.8 inches
Height 1138 mm 44.8 inches
Ground clearance 120 mm 4.7 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.7
Kerb weight 1300 kg 2866 lb
Weight distribution 44 % front
fuel tank capacity 116 litres 25.5 UK Gal 30.6 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient 0.4
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code M88
Cylinders Straight 6
Capacity 3.5 litre
3453 cc
(210.715 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 93.4 × 84 mm
3.68 × 3.31 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.11
Valve gear double overhead camshaft (DOHC)
4 valves per cylinder
24 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
277 PS (273 bhp) (204 kW)
at 6500 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
79.1 bhp/litre
1.3 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
330 Nm (243 ft·lb) (33.7 kgm)
at 5000 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
95.57 Nm/litre
1.16 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction cast iron block; light alloy head
sump dry sumped
compression ratio 9:1
Fuel system Kugelfischer-Bosch fuel injection
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1201 kPa (174.2 psi)
Maximum RPM 7000 rpm
crankshaft bearings 7
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 575.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) 4.5 s
Acceleration 0-60mph 5.6 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h 5.9 s
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) 13.10 s
Standing quarter-mile 13.8 s
Standing kilometre 25.4 s
Maximum speed 262 km/h (163 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 212.92 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
156.6 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
210 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.09 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 6.39 kg/kW
10.67 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption 8.9/10.2/19.6 l/100km 90 km/h / 120 km/h / ECE cycle
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km8.9/10.2/19.6 l/100km 90kmph/120kmph/ECE
km/litre11.2/9.8/5.1 km/l 90kmph/120kmph/ECE
UK MPG31.7/27.7/14.4 UK MPG 90kmph/120kmph/ECE
US MPG26.4/23.1/12.0 US MPG 90kmph/120kmph/ECE
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ? 378.62 g/km
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position mid
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering rack & pinion
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle 13.00 m
Front suspension I.CS.W.
Rear suspension I.CS.W.
Wheel size front 7 x 16
Wheel size rear 8 x 16
Tyres front 205/55 VR 16
Tyres rear 225/50 VR 16
Brakes F/R VeDi/VeDi-S
Front brake diameter 300 mm
Rear brake diameter 297 mm
Braked area
Gearbox 5 speed manual
Top gear ratio 0.7
Final drive ratio 4.22
general
Carfolio.com ID22748
Production total 453
Model code E26
Model family E26
RAC rating 32.5
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1978 BMW M1 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2017-08-26.