1952 BMW 501

The 501 is a car from BMW, with rear wheel drive, a front mounted engine and a 4 door saloon (sedan) body style. The power is produced by a naturally aspirated engine of 2 litre capacity. This unit features overhead valve valve gear, 6 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. It produces 72 bhp (73 PS/54 kW) of power at 4400 rpm. The power is supplied to the wheels by means of a 4 speed manual gearbox. Quoted kerb weight is 1270 kg.

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1952 BMW 501 information summary

What body style?
4 door sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4800 mm
How heavy?
1270 kg
What size engine?
2 litre, 1971 cm3
How many cylinders?
6, Straight
How much power?
73 PS / 72 bhp / 54 kW @ 4400 rpm
How much torque?
Unknown

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1952 BMW 501 data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2883 mm 113.5 inches
Track/tread (front)
Track/tread (rear)
Length 4800 mm 189 inches
Width 1803 mm 71 inches
Height 1549 mm 61 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.66
Kerb weight 1270 kg 2800 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 6
Capacity 2 litre
1971 cc
(120.278 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 66 × 96 mm
2.6 × 3.78 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.69
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
12 valves in total
maximum power output 73 PS (72 bhp) (54 kW)
at 4400 rpm
Specific output 36.5 bhp/litre
0.6 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
Specific torque
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 6.8:1
Fuel system 1 So carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 328.5 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 57.48 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
42.28 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
56.69 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.03 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 23.65 kg/kW
39.51 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.TB.
Rear suspension LA.TB.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 4.20
general
Carfolio.com ID56496
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 16.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1952 BMW 501 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.