1961 BMW 1500, 1962 MY New Class

The BMW 1500 is a 4 door saloon (sedan)-bodied car designed by Michelotti with a front positioned engine supplying power to the rear wheels. The BMW 1500 belongs to the New Class range of cars from BMW. Its engine is a naturally aspirated petrol, 1.5 litre, single overhead camshaft 4 cylinder with 2 valves per cylinder. This unit produces 80 bhp (81 PS/60 kW) of power at 5700 rpm, and maximum torque of 118 N·m (87 lb·ft/12 kgm) at 3000 rpm. A 4 speed manual gearbox supplies the power to the wheels. Quoted weight at the kerb is 1043 kg. The BMW 1500 is claimed to manage a maxiumum speed of 150 km/h (93 mph).

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Key facts

1961 BMW 1500, 1962 MY New Class information summary

What body style?
4 door sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4427 mm
How heavy?
1043 kg
What size engine?
1.5 litre, 1499 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
81 PS / 80 bhp / 60 kW @ 5700 rpm
How much torque?
118 Nm / 87 ft.lb / 12 kgm @ 3000 rpm
How fast?
150 km/h, 93 mph

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1961 BMW 1500 data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
DesignerMichelotti
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2550 mm 100.4 inches
Track/tread (front) 1321 mm 52 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1378 mm 54.3 inches
Length 4427 mm 174.3 inches
Width 1651 mm 65 inches
Height 1427 mm 56.2 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.74
Kerb weight 1043 kg 2299 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1.5 litre
1499 cc
(91.475 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 82 × 71 mm
3.23 × 2.8 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.15
Valve gear single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output 81 PS (80 bhp) (60 kW)
at 5700 rpm
Specific output 53.4 bhp/litre
0.87 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 118 Nm (87 ft·lb) (12 kgm)
at 3000 rpm
Specific torque 78.72 Nm/litre
0.95 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 8.8:1
Fuel system 1 So carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 989.2 kPa (143.5 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 374.75 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) -1.00 s
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 150 km/h (93 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 77.77 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
57.2 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
76.7 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.03 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 17.48 kg/kW
29.2 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 I.CS.
Rear suspension I.CS.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 4.37
general
Carfolio.com ID56452
Production total 23807
Model code
Model family New Class
RAC rating 16.7
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1961 BMW 1500 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.