BMW 502 Coupé, 1955 MY

The BMW 502 Coupé is a coupé with 2 doors and a front mounted engine which delivers the power through the rear wheels. Power is produced by an overhead valve, 2.6 litre naturally aspirated 8 cylinder engine, with 2 valves per cylinder that provides power and torque figures of 99 bhp (100 PS/74 kW) at 4800 rpm and 180 N·m (133 lb·ft/18.4 kgm) respectively. The engine powers the wheels via a 4 speed manual transmission. Maximum stated speed is 165 km/h (103 mph).

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Key facts

BMW 502 Coupé, 1955 MY information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 2+2 seats
How long?
4730 mm
What size engine?
2.6 litre, 2581 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
100 PS / 99 bhp / 74 kW @ 4800 rpm
How much torque?
180 Nm / 133 ft.lb / 18.4 kgm
How fast?
165 km/h, 103 mph

BMW 502 models

2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 2581 cm3 100 PS 99 bhp 74 kW

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2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 3040 cm3 102 PS 101 bhp 75 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3OD 3040 cm3 102 PS 101 bhp 75 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 3040 cm3 102 PS 101 bhp 75 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 3040 cm3 102 PS 101 bhp 75 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3OD 3040 cm3 102 PS 101 bhp 75 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 3040 cm3 102 PS 101 bhp 75 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 3040 cm3 102 PS 101 bhp 75 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3OD 3040 cm3 102 PS 101 bhp 75 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 3040 cm3 102 PS 101 bhp 75 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3A 3040 cm3 102 PS 101 bhp 75 kW
2 door fixed-head coupé FR 3M 3042 cm3 102 PS 101 bhp 75 kW
1955 BMW 502 Coupé data
bodywork
Body type2+2 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2835 mm 111.6 inches
Track/tread (front) 1322 mm 52 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1408 mm 55.4 inches
Length 4730 mm 186.2 inches
Width 1780 mm 70.1 inches
Height 1530 mm 60.2 inches
Ground clearance 180 mm 7.1 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.67
Kerb weight
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 70 litres 15.4 UK Gal 18.5 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 2.6 litre
2581 cc
(157.502 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 74 × 75 mm
2.91 × 2.95 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.99
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output 100 PS (99 bhp) (74 kW)
at 4800 rpm
Specific output 38.4 bhp/litre
0.63 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 180 Nm (133 ft·lb) (18.4 kgm)
Specific torque 69.74 Nm/litre
0.84 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 7:1
Fuel system 1 Solex PAA I carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 876.4 kPa (127.1 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 322.63 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 165 km/h (103 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio
Weight-to-power ratio
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 front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension
Rear suspension
Wheel size front 4½K x 16
Wheel size rear 4½K x 16
Tyres front 6.40-15
Tyres rear 6.40-15
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter 284 mm
Rear brake diameter 284 mm
Braked area
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 4.23
general
Carfolio.com ID527318
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 27.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1955 BMW 502 Coupé added 2017-08-06.
Last modified 2017-08-06.