1976 BMW 525, 1978 MY E12

The BMW 525 is a saloon (sedan) designed by Paul Bracq with 4 doors and a front mounted engine which delivers its power through the rear wheels. The BMW 525 belongs to the E12 range of cars from BMW. It is powered by a naturally aspirated engine of 2.5 litre capacity. This unit features single overhead camshaft valve gear, 6 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. It produces 148 bhp (150 PS/110 kW) of power at 5800 rpm, and maximum torque of 208 N·m (153 lb·ft/21.2 kgm) at 4000 rpm. The engine powers the wheels through a 4 speed manual gearbox. Its stated kerb weight is 1350 kg. The BMW 525 is claimed to attain a top speed of 193 km/h or 120 mph.

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BMW 525 -
BMW 525
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Key facts

1976 BMW 525, 1978 MY E12 information summary

What body style?
4 door sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4620 mm
How heavy?
1350 kg
What size engine?
2.5 litre, 2495 cm3
How many cylinders?
6, Straight
How much power?
150 PS / 148 bhp / 110 kW @ 5800 rpm
How much torque?
208 Nm / 153 ft.lb / 21.2 kgm @ 4000 rpm
How quick?
0-100 km/h: 10.1 s
How fast?
193 km/h, 120 mph

BMW E12 models

4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 1766 cm3 105 PS 103.5 bhp 77 kW 1240 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 1766 cm3 105 PS 103.5 bhp 77 kW 1260 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 1991 cm3 125 PS 123 bhp 92 kW 1270 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 1991 cm3 125 PS 123 bhp 92 kW 1285 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2788 cm3 184 PS 181.5 bhp 135 kW 1430 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 2788 cm3 184 PS 181.5 bhp 135 kW 1445 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 1766 cm3 90 PS 89 bhp 66 kW 1240 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 1766 cm3 100 PS 99 bhp 74 kW 1245 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 1991 cm3 122 PS 120.5 bhp 90 kW 1310 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 1991 cm3 122 PS 120.5 bhp 90 kW 1330 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 2788 cm3 184 PS 181.5 bhp 135 kW 1410 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2788 cm3 184 PS 181.5 bhp 135 kW 1410 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 2788 cm3 184 PS 181.5 bhp 135 kW 1430 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 2788 cm3 170 PS 168 bhp 125 kW 1410 kg
BMW M535i -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 3453 cm3 218 PS 215 bhp 160 kW 1391 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1766 cm3 102 PS 100.5 bhp 75 kW 1190 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 1766 cm3 102 PS 100.5 bhp 75 kW 1190 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 2788 cm3 170 PS 168 bhp 125 kW 1485 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 1766 cm3 90 PS 89 bhp 66 kW 1260 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 2986 cm3 175 PS 173 bhp 129 kW 1425 kg
BMW 520 -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1991 cm3 122 PS 120.5 bhp 90 kW 1350 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 2788 cm3 177 PS 175 bhp 130 kW 1410 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 2986 cm3 179 PS 177 bhp 132 kW 1425 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 2495 cm3 150 PS 148 bhp 110 kW 1370 kg
BMW 528 Automatic -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 2788 cm3 170 PS 167.5 bhp 125 kW 1405 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 1991 cm3 115 PS 113 bhp 84 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 1991 cm3 115 PS 113 bhp 84 kW 1260 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1991 cm3 125 PS 123 bhp 92 kW 1295 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 1991 cm3 130 PS 128 bhp 95 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 3A 1991 cm3 130 PS 128 bhp 95 kW

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1976 BMW 525 data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
DesignerPaul Bracq
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2636 mm 103.8 inches
Track/tread (front) 1420 mm 55.9 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1470 mm 57.9 inches
Length 4620 mm 181.9 inches
Width 1690 mm 66.5 inches
Height 1420 mm 55.9 inches
Ground clearance 140 mm 5.5 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.75
Kerb weight 1350 kg 2976 lb
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 Straight 6
Capacity 2.5 litre
2495 cc
(152.254 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 86 × 71.6 mm
3.39 × 2.82 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.2
Valve gear single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
12 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
150 PS (148 bhp) (110 kW)
at 5800 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
59.3 bhp/litre
0.97 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
208 Nm (153 ft·lb) (21.2 kgm)
at 4000 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
83.37 Nm/litre
1.01 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction cast iron block; light alloy head
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 9:1
Fuel system 1 Solex 4A1 carburettor
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1047.6 kPa (151.9 psi)
Maximum RPM 6200 rpm
crankshaft bearings 7
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 415.83 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h 10.1 s
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile 17.1 s
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 193 km/h (120 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 111.15 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
81.75 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
109.63 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.05 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 12.23 kg/kW
20.43 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 10.50 m
Front suspension I.MS.CS.LW.LoTrailLi.ARB.
Rear suspension I.STA.CS.
Wheel size front 5½ x 14
Wheel size rear 5½ x 14
Tyres front 175 HR 14
Tyres rear 175 HR 14
Brakes F/R Di/Di-S
Front brake diameter 280 mm
Rear brake diameter 272 mm
Braked area
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.65
general
Carfolio.com ID55935
Production total
Model code
Model family E12
RAC rating 27.5
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1976 BMW 525 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.