Key facts

1998 BMW 316i E46 information summary

What body style?
sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
4471 mm
How heavy?
1360 kg
What size engine?
1.9 litre, 1895 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
104 PS / 103 bhp / 77 kW @ 5300 rpm
How much torque?
165 Nm / 122 / 16.8 kgm @ 2500 rpm
How quick?
0-100 km/h: 12.4 s
How fast?
200 km/h, 124 mph
How economical?
11.2/5.9/7.9 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined
What carbon dioxide emissions?
188.0 CO2 g/km


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1998 BMW 316i technical specifications


The BMW 316i is a saloon (sedan) with 4 doors and a front mounted powerplant which transmits its power through the rear wheels.
It is part of BMW's E46 series of cars.
Powering the BMW 316i is a single overhead camshaft, 1.9 litre naturally aspirated 4 cylinder powerplant, with 2 valves per cylinder that provides power and torque figures of 103 bhp (104 PS/77 kW) at 5300 rpm and 165 N·m (122 lb·ft/16.8 kgm) at 2500 rpm respectively.
A 5 speed manual transmission supplies the power to the driven wheels.
Having a stated kerb weight of 1360 kg, the BMW 316i can dispense with the 0-100 km/h benchmark in 12.4 seconds and the standing kilometre in 33.6 seconds.
Top claimed speed is 200 km/h (124 mph), official fuel consumption is 11.2/5.9/7.9 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined, and carbon dioxide emissions are 188.0 g/km.
1998 BMW 316i data
1998 BMW 316i E46 data
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors4
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2725 107.3
Track/tread (front) 1481 58.3
Track/tread (rear) 1493 58.8
Length 4471 176
Width 1739 68.5
Height 1415 55.7
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.64
Kerb weight 1360 kg 2998 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 63 litres 13.9 UK Gal 16.6 US Gal
Drag coefficient 0.29
Frontal area 2.06
CdA 0.60
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer BMW
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1.9 litre
1895 cc
(115.64 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 85 × 83.5 mm
3.35 × 3.29 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.02
single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output 104 PS (103 bhp) (77 kW)
at 5300 rpm
Specific output 54.4 bhp/litre
0.89 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 165 Nm (122 ft·lb) (16.8 kgm)
at 2500 rpm
Specific torque 87.07 Nm/litre
1.05 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio 9.7:1
Fuel system
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1094.2 kPa (158.7 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 473.75 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter Y
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h 12.4 s
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre 33.6 s
Maximum speed 200 km/h (124 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 76.79 PS/g
56.48 kW/g
75.74 bhp/ton
0.03 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 17.71 kg/kW
29.58 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption 11.2/5.9/7.9 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km11.2/5.9/7.9 l/100km urban/extra-urban/combined
km per litre8.9/16.9/12.7 km/l urban/extra-urban/combined
UK MPG25.2/47.9/35.8 UK MPG urban/extra-urban/combined
US MPG21.0/39.9/29.8 US MPG urban/extra-urban/combined
Carbon dioxide emissions 188.0 g/km
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ? 183.28 g/km
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 10.50 m
Front suspension
Rear suspension
Wheel size front 6½J x 15
Wheel size rear 6½J x 15
Tyres front 195/65 R 15 91H
Tyres rear 195/65 R 15 91H
Brakes F/R VeDi/Di-S-ABS
Front brake diameter 286 mm
Rear brake diameter 280 mm
Gearbox 5 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.23
general ID74602
Production total
Model code
Model family E46
RAC rating 17.9
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1998 BMW 316i added 2001-02-24.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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