BMW Isetta 

  • $1k built in Germany
  • 1955
  • 13 HP 0.3L
  • 52 mph
The Italian flair added much to the Isetta's success as the first wave of holiday-makers was heading south.
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New headlights and a new front lid had brought new looks to the body, and a motorcycle engine producing 12 bhp and displacing 250 cc gave the Isetta a top speed of slightly more than 80 km/h (50 mph).
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Road Tests Real world tests of the BMW Isetta

Top speed

Isetta
52 mph
Veyron
253 mph
Veneno
220 mph

1/4 mile

Isetta
27.7 s
LaFerrari
9.72 s
Veyron
10.2 s

Data points Key details of the BMW Isetta

Price

Isetta
$1k
Veneno
$4.106M
Veyron
$1.50M

Horsepower

Isetta
13 HP
Veyron
987 HP
LaFerrari
950 HP

In The News From around the web

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BMW Isetta

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At first sight, the Isetta had a most unusual appearance with its door at the front, side-mounted 2-stroke engine and the narrow rear track, but the BMW engineers recognised the bubble-shaped vehicle’s potential.
Along with the Glas Goggomobil, the Isetta bubble car became the most successful vehicle of its kind in Germany.

Specifications Full list of technical specs

general

Brand BMW
Price $1,095
Year 1955

power & handling

Power-to-weight ratio 61.08 lb/hp
Maximum hp 13 HP @ 5,800 RPM
Maximum torque 14 ft-lb @ 4,200 RPM
Steering system Rack and pinion

engine

Displacement 298 cc
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 7:1
Bore/stroke 2.83 in / 2.87 in

road tests

Top speed 52 mph
1/4 mile 27.7 s

transmission

Drivetrain Rear Enigne / RWD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 4 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc

physical dimensions

Curb weight 794 lb
Width 54.3 in
Height 52.8 in
Length 90 in
Front track width 47.2 in
Wheelbase 59.1 in
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