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BMW 540i specs

Car type 4-door saloon
Curb weight 1660 kg (3660 lbs)
Introduced 2000
Origin country Germany
Gas mileage 17.5-9.6 l/100 km (13-24 mpg US / 16-29 mpg UK)
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Lap times


0 - 100 kph6.4 s
0 - 200 kph25.7 s
1000 m27.1 s
70 - 120 kph4.9 s
Est. 100 - 200 kph18.9 s
0 - 60 mph5.7 s
0 - 100 mph15.3 s
Est. 1/8 mile10.4 s @ 82.0 mph
1/4 mile14.3 s @ 96.9 mph
Est. 1/2 mile24.2 s @ 121.8 mph
Top speed251 kph (156 mph)
Est. max acceleration0.46 g (4 m/s²)
Est. emissions249 g/km
100 kph - 039 m (127 ft)
BMW 540i acceleration graph

Powertrain specs

Engine type V8, 32v
Displacement 4.4 l (269 ci)
Power 286 ps (282 bhp / 210 kw)
Torque 440 Nm (325 lb-ft)
Power / liter 65 ps (64 hp)
Power / weight 172 ps (170 bhp) / t
Torque / weight 265 Nm (195 lb-ft) / t
Efficiency 21 PS per l/100 km
Transmission 5
Layout front engine, rear wheel drive

More 0-60 and 1/4 mile times

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Mr Shuttlesworth.  7y ago

So you're saying that this car is slower than a 528I to 200kph.! Correct it please!!!

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Ken Rockerwell  7y ago

The M sport 2003 version of this car is an astonishing car. Nothing like the standard 540i ,which itself is an all time great!

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michael  8y ago

i just bought BMW 540i was wondering is there any thang aout the car that has problems to look for

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davE39  10y ago


Are you serious with 5.5 and 5.6. I drive 6 speed manual 540, and the best to 60mph or 100kph is 6.3. How you do? How do I have to do???

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Apathy  11y ago

The E39 is awesome. I just wish it had a nicer interior (design wise).

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Robh  11y ago

5.5 0-60 for the 6 speed

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Faisal  12y ago

1998 540i6 Sport 2.81 diff 0-60mph 5.5 1/4mile 14.0@101.7 Motortrend 10/99, 540iA Sport 3.15 diff 0-60mph 5.7 1/4mile 14.3@97 The 540iA Sport will hit 60mph before going to 3rd gear.

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cem  13y ago

0-160 km/h is it 14,60 seconds

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Ahop  13y ago

Dude you have your numbers messed up, the R&T times run for the E39 540I 6-speed had 60 coming up at 5.5 and the generally accepted time for the auto is 6.2 - 6.3. The 6 speed has a lowed gear ratio in first which allows it to get off the line faster while still being able to make it to 60 with only one gear change. The auto, with its higher ratio, is sluggish off the line and still needs to make the jump to second before it reaches 60.

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Tyrew  14y ago

6.4 sec is with automatic 5-speed gearbox, with manual 6-speed is 6.2