Key facts

1991 BMW 318is 16v Coupé E36 information summary

What body style?
fixed-head coupé with 4/5 seats
How long?
4433 mm
How heavy?
1240 kg
What size engine?
1.8 litre, 1796 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
142 PS / 140 bhp / 104 kW @ 6000 rpm
How much torque?
175 Nm / 129 / 17.8 kgm @ 4500 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 10 s
How quick?
0-100 km/h: 10.2 s
How fast?
213 km/h, 132 mph


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1991 BMW 318is 16v Coupé technical specifications


The BMW 318is 16v Coupé is a rear wheel drive motor car, with its motor located in the front, and a 2 door coupé bodyshell.
The 318is 16v Coupé is part of BMW's E36 family of cars.
The 1.8 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, double overhead camshaft, 4 cylinder that produces 140 bhp (142 PS/104 kW) of power at 6000 rpm, and maximum torque of 175 N·m (129 lb·ft/17.8 kgm) at 4500 rpm.
A 5 speed manual gearbox transfers the power to the wheels.
It weighs a quoted 1240 kg at the kerb.
Top quoted speed is 213 km/h (132 mph).
1991 BMW 318is 16v Coupé data
1991 BMW 318is 16v Coupé E36 data
Body type4/5 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2700 106.3
Track/tread (front) 1408 55.4
Track/tread (rear) 1421 55.9
Length 4433 174.5
Width 1710 67.3
Height 1366 53.8
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.64
Kerb weight 1240 kg 2734 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 65 litres 14.3 UK Gal 17.2 US Gal
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1.8 litre
1796 cc
(109.599 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 84 × 81 mm
3.31 × 3.19 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.04
double overhead camshaft (DOHC)
4 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output
142 PS (140 bhp) (104 kW)
at 6000 rpm
Specific output
78 bhp/litre
1.28 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
175 Nm (129 ft·lb) (17.8 kgm)
at 4500 rpm
Specific torque
97.44 Nm/litre
1.18 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio 8.8:1
Fuel system Bo DME 1.7 fuel inj.
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1224.5 kPa (177.6 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 449 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter Y
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph 10 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h 10.2 s
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre 31.1 s
Maximum speed 213 km/h (132 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 114.47 PS/g
84.19 kW/g
112.9 bhp/ton
0.05 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 11.88 kg/kW
19.84 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
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
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle
Front suspension I.MS.CS.LW.ARB.
Rear suspension I.CA.ARB.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R VeDi/Di-S-ABS
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox 5 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.45
general ID56353
Production total
Model code
Model family E36
RAC rating 17.5
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1991 BMW 318is 16v Coupé added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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