BMW 501/6 Coupé, 1955 MY

This car has a 2 door coupé body style with a front mounted engine delivering its power to the rear wheels. The 2.1 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, overhead valve, 6 cylinder unit that develops 71 bhp (72 PS/53 kW) of power at 4500 rpm, and maximum torque of 135 N·m (100 lb·ft/13.8 kgm) at 1500 rpm. The engine delivers its power through to the wheels via a 4 speed manual gearbox. Its claimed kerb weight is 1295 kg.

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BMW 501/6 Coupé, 1955 MY information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 4/5 seats
How long?
4730 mm
How heavy?
1295 kg
What size engine?
2.1 litre, 2092 cm3
How many cylinders?
6, Straight
How much power?
72 PS / 71 bhp / 53 kW @ 4500 rpm
How much torque?
135 Nm / 100 ft.lb / 13.8 kgm @ 1500 rpm

BMW 501/6 models

4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 2092 cm3 72 PS 71 bhp 53 kW
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 4M 2092 cm3 72 PS 71 bhp 53 kW
1955 BMW 501/6 Coupé data
bodywork
Body type4/5 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 1295 kg 2855 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 58 litres 12.8 UK Gal 15.3 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 6
Capacity 2.1 litre
2092 cc
(127.662 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 68 × 96 mm
2.68 × 3.78 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.71
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
12 valves in total
maximum power output 72 PS (71 bhp) (53 kW)
at 4500 rpm
Specific output 33.9 bhp/litre
0.56 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 135 Nm (100 ft·lb) (13.8 kgm)
at 1500 rpm
Specific torque 64.53 Nm/litre
0.78 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 7:1
Fuel system 1 Solex 32 PAJTA carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 810.9 kPa (117.6 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 348.67 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
Power-to-weight ratio 55.59 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
40.88 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
54.83 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.02 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 24.46 kg/kW
40.86 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 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 4.0 x 16
Wheel size rear 4.0 x 16
Tyres front 5.50-16
Tyres rear 5.50-16
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 ID527329
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 17.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1955 BMW 501/6 Coupé added 2017-08-06.
Last modified 2017-08-06.