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  • 1955-1958
  • 100 HP 2.6L
  • 99 mph
For beneath its sheet metal this new flagship in the range featured the first German eight-cylinder built after the war and, at the same time, the world’s fi rst light-alloy engine to enter standard production – a power unit which quite literally made critics reach for the stars: “BMW’s new lightweight V8 may well be the best synthesis seen so far of automotive engineering this side and the other side of the great ocean” was how Motor Review described BMW’s new Luxury Performance Saloon.
This low-friction bearing technology ensured a particularly sensitive response of the suspension featuring a longitudinally arranged torsion bar.

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Top speed

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99 mph
253 mph
220 mph

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100 HP
987 HP
750 HP

Engine size

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2,580 cc
7,993 cc
6,498 cc

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In 1954 the BMW 502 with its 100 hp 2.6-litre power unit launched at the Geneva Motor Show clearly proved the innovative power of BMW’s engine devel-opment specialists.
Several 3.2-litre versions of BMW’s eight-cylinder were built as of 1955, with maximum output of up to 160 hp.

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand BMW
Type of car Production car
Year 1955-1958

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 31.75 lb/hp
Maximum hp 100 HP
Steering system Rack and pinion

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

road tests

Top speed 99 mph


Gearing Traditional


Displacement 2,580 cc
Cylinders V8
Fuels Gas

physical dimensions

Curb weight 3,175 lb
Width 70.1 in
Height 60.2 in
Length 186.2 in
Wheelbase 111.6 in
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