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BMW E12, the first 5 Series

The BMW E12 is the first generation of the BMW 5 Series mid-size luxury car, which was produced between June 1972 and 1981, replacing the New Class sedans, being replaced by the E28 in 1981, although production of the E12 continued until 1984 in South Africa.

Design
The BMW E12 was designed by Paul Bracq, himself a designer of the BMW Turbo, with the collaboration of Marcello Gandini, who worked at Bertone for BMW, and was presented at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show as a concept under the name 2200ti Garmisch, a 2-door sedan that was developed together with Bertone, although the 2200ii Gamish concept car, which was shown as a possible replacement for the New Class sedans, was substantially changed in its production phase, already with the new name.

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Engines

The 518, 520 and 520i models were equipped with the 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre M10 four-cylinder engines, as were the previous New Class sedans. The 525, 528, 530, 530i and 533i models were equipped with M30 six-cylinder engines, as used in the six new large sedans and E9 coupes.


Motorsport Versions
From 1974, BMW Motorsport offered the Motorsport 530 or 530i as an upgrade of the 525/528 / 528i, replacing the standard engines with the 180 hp 3-litre engine from the BMW 3.0S or the 200 hp fuel-injected engine from the BMW 3.0Si. Other major modifications included changes to the vehicle’s weight distribution, ventilated disc brakes, Bilstein shock absorbers, Scheel or Recaro sports seats, a sports steering wheel and alloy wheels.

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Which engine is in the BMW E-21 5 Series?


Lista de motorización del BMW Serie 5 E-21

ModelEnginePOWERTORQUE motorYEAR
518M10 (M118) I489 cv142 nm – 3.500 rpm1974–1981
520M10 (M17) I4114 cv162 nm – 3.700 rpm1972–1977
520iM10 (M64) I4123 cv172 nm – 4.350 rpm1972–1975
129 cv178 nm – 4.500 rpm1975–1977
520/6M20B20 I6123 cv160 nm – 4.000 rpm1976–1981
525M30B25 I6143 cv211 nm – 3.700 rpm1973–1976
150 cv208 nm – 4.000 rpm1976–1981
528M30B28 I6168 cv234 nm – 5.800 rpm1975–1976
162 cv234 nm – 4.000 rpm1976–1978
528iM30B28 I6173 cv235 nm – 4.300 rpm1977–1978 (USA)
169 cv230 nm – 4.500 rpm1979–1981 (USA)
181 cv235 nm – 4.200 rpm1978–1981
530M30B30 I6170 cv250 nm – 3.500 rpm1975–1978 (Modelo Sudafrica)
530i176 cv251 nm – 4.500 rpm1975–1978 (Modelo USA)
530 MLE197 cv251 nm – 3.500 rpm1976 (Modelo Sudafrica)
533iM30B32 I6197 cv290 nm – 4.250 rpm1979–1981
M535iM90 I6210 cv310 N⋅m – 4.000 rpm1979–1981

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