1981 BMW 518 E28

The 518 is a rear wheel drive saloon (sedan) motor car with a front located engine, produced by BMW. The BMW 518 is one of the E28 range of cars from BMW. Its 4 cylinder, single overhead camshaft naturally aspirated powerplant has 2 valves per cylinder and a capacity of 1.8 litres. In this application it produces power and torque figures of 89 bhp (90 PS/66 kW) at 5500 rpm and 140 Nm (103 lbft/14.3 kgm) at 4000 rpm respectively. The engine delivers its power through to the wheels via a 5 speed manual 'box. Stated kerb weight is 1140 kg. Maximum speed claimed is 164 km/h or 102 mph.

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Key facts

1981 BMW 518 E28 information summary

What body style?
4 door sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4620 mm
How heavy?
1140 kg
What size engine?
1.8 litre, 1766 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
90 PS / 89 bhp / 66 kW @ 5500 rpm
How much torque?
140 Nm / 103 ft.lb / 14.3 kgm @ 4000 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 13.7 s
How fast?
164 km/h, 102 mph

BMW E28 models

4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4M 1766 cm3 105 PS 103.5 bhp 77 kW 1140 kg
BMW 524td -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2443 cm3 115 PS 113 bhp 84 kW 1330 kg
BMW 524td -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4A 2443 cm3 115 PS 113 bhp 84 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2693 cm3 123 PS 121 bhp 90 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4A 2693 cm3 123 PS 121 bhp 90 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 3210 cm3 184 PS 181.5 bhp 135 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4A 3210 cm3 184 PS 181.5 bhp 135 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2693 cm3 125 PS 123 bhp 92 kW 1250 kg
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4A 2693 cm3 125 PS 123 bhp 92 kW
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 1991 cm3 125 PS 123 bhp 92 kW 1220 kg
BMW 5-series E28 -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2495 cm3 150 PS 148 bhp 110 kW 1280 kg
BMW 528i -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 5M 2788 cm3 184 PS 181.5 bhp 135 kW 1300 kg
BMW 5-series E28 -
4 door sedan/​saloon FR 4A 2788 cm3 184 PS 181.5 bhp 135 kW 1330 kg

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1981 BMW 518 data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2620 mm 103.1 inches
Track/tread (front) 1430 mm 56.3 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1470 mm 57.9 inches
Length 4620 mm 181.9 inches
Width 1700 mm 66.9 inches
Height 1420 mm 55.9 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.76
Kerb weight 1140 kg 2513 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient 0.39
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1.8 litre
1766 cc
(107.768 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 88.9 × 71.12 mm
3.5 × 2.8 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.25
Valve gear single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
90 PS (89 bhp) (66 kW)
at 5500 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
50.4 bhp/litre
0.83 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
140 Nm (103 ft·lb) (14.3 kgm)
at 4000 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
79.28 Nm/litre
0.96 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 9.5:1
Fuel system 1 So carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 996.2 kPa (144.5 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 441.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph 13.7 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) -1.00 s
Standing quarter-mile 18.9 s
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 164 km/h (102 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 79.16 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
58.22 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
78.07 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.03 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 17.18 kg/kW
28.69 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
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Di/Di
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 5 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 4.27
general
Carfolio.com ID56001
Production total
Model code
Model family E28
RAC rating 19.6
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1981 BMW 518 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.