About BMW 116i performance specifications

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About BMW 116i performance specifications
The power of the BMW 116i's engine was increased in model years 2007 and 2009. (BMW Fronto image by crossgolfing from Fotolia.com)

The 116i is one of BMW's entries into the family car market. It is one of BMW's smaller and most inexpensive cars, and is available as a three- or five-door hatchback. The 116i was first introduced in 2004 and experienced revisions to its power train system in 2007 and 2009. These revisions mildly increased the model's engine size, maximum speed, maximum power and maximum torque.

Engine Specs

The BMW 116i features an inline four-cylinder engine. The 2004 to 2008 models featured a 1.6-litre engine with a total displacement of 97.6 cubic inches; the 2009 model featured a 1.995-litre engine with 121.7 cubic inches of displacement.

Top Speed

The 2004 to 2007 models of the 116i are rated for a maximum speed of 120mph, while the 2008 and 2009 models had a maximum speed of 127mph. The 116i can accelerate from zero to 60mph in just over 10 seconds.

Engine Power

The 2004 to 2007 versions of the BMW 116i are rated to perform at a maximum power level of 114 horsepower, with peak engine power achieved at 6,000rpm. According to the Rototest Research Institute, the 2004 model of the 116i actually performs at about 95 per cent of its stated capacity, maxing out at 108 horsepower at 6,011rpm. Models built from 2007 to 2009 top out at 120 horsepower.

Engine Torque

The 2004 BMW 116i is rated for a maximum torque level of 111ft.-lb. at 4,300rpm. The Rototest Research Institute found that the 2004 model exhibited maximum performance at 94 per cent of its rated torque capacity, as it displayed a maximum torque of 104ft.-lb. at 4,512rpm, which is higher than the car's theoretical peak engine speed. The maximum rated torque level increased to 120ft.-lb. for the 2007 and 2008 models, and 136ft.-lb. for the 2009 model.

Speedometer Performance

Testing at the Rototest Research Institute indicated that the BMW 116i's speedometer is categorically overclocked. At a speed of 30mph, the speedometer reading is 2mph greater than the actual speed of the vehicle. This discrepancy increased to 3mph at speeds up to 55mph, and 5mph at highway speeds from 65 to 80mph.

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