Key facts

1996 BMW 740iL E38 information summary

What body style?
sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
5123 mm
How heavy?
1945 kg
What size engine?
4.4 litre, 4398 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
286 PS / 282 bhp / 210 kW @ 5700 rpm
How much torque?
420 Nm / 310 / 42.8 kgm @ 3900 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 6.9 s
How fast?
206 km/h, 128 mph
How economical?
17/24 US MPG EPA city/highway


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1996 BMW 740iL technical specifications


The BMW 740iL is a saloon with 4 doors and a front mounted engine which transmits the power through the rear wheels.
The BMW 740iL belongs to the E38 model family from BMW.
It's powered courtesy of a naturally aspirated engine of 4.4 litre capacity. This unit features double overhead camshaft valve gear, a 90 degree V 8 cylinder layout, and 4 valves per cylinder. It produces 282 bhp (286 PS/210 kW) of power at 5700 rpm, and maximum torque of 420 N·m (310 lb·ft/42.8 kgm) at 3900 rpm.
The power is transmitted to the wheels through a 5 speed automatic gearbox.
The BMW 740iL weighs a claimed 1945 kg at the kerb.
Its maximum speed claimed is 206 km/h, which is 128 mph, official fuel consumption is 17/24 US MPG EPA city/highway.
1996 BMW 740iL data
1996 BMW 740iL E38 data
Applicable to the USA domestic market(s).
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 3071 120.9
Track/tread (front) 1552 61.1
Track/tread (rear) 1567 61.7
Length 5123 201.7
Width 1862 73.3
Height 1425 56.1
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.67
Kerb weight 1945 kg 4288 lb
Weight distribution 50.6 % front
fuel tank capacity 85.2 litres 18.7 UK Gal 22.5 US Gal
Drag coefficient 0.31
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 4.4 litre
4398 cc
(268.382 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 92 × 82.7 mm
3.62 × 3.26 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.11
double overhead camshaft (DOHC)
4 valves per cylinder
32 valves in total
maximum power output
(SAE net)
286 PS (282 bhp) (210 kW)
at 5700 rpm
Specific output
(SAE net)
64.1 bhp/litre
1.05 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(SAE net)
420 Nm (310 ft·lb) (42.8 kgm)
at 3900 rpm
Specific torque
(SAE net)
95.5 Nm/litre
1.15 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 10:1
Fuel system Bosch HFM-Motronic M5.2 fuel injection
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1200.1 kPa (174.1 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 549.75 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter Y
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph 6.9 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 206 km/h (128 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 147 PS/g
108.12 kW/g
144.99 bhp/ton
0.06 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 9.25 kg/kW
15.45 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption 17/24 US MPG EPA city/highway
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km13.8/9.8 l/100km city/highway
km per litre7.2/10.2 km/l city/highway
UK MPG20.4/28.8 UK MPG city/highway
US MPG17.0/24.0 US MPG city/highway
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering recirculating ball VPAS
turns lock-to-lock 3.700
Turning circle 12.20 m
Front suspension I.MS.LW.CS.ARB.
Rear suspension I.4Li.CS.ARB.
Wheel size front 8.0J x 16
Wheel size rear 8.0J x 16
Tyres front 235/60 R 16 100H
Tyres rear 235/60 R 16 100H
Brakes F/R VeDi/Di-S-ABS
Front brake diameter 325 mm
Rear brake diameter 325 mm
Gearbox 5 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 0.79
Final drive ratio 2.93
general ID29282
Production total
Model code
Model family E38
RAC rating 42.0
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1996 BMW 740iL added 1996-12-02.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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