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Bristol 401

(1948 model)

Brief specs of 1948 Bristol 401

2-door 5-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1971 cm3 / 120.3 cu in / 120.3 cu in, 63.4 kW / 85.0 hp / 85.0 hp @ 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm, 145.0 N·m / 106.9 lb·ft / 106.9 lb·ft @ 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 161 km/h / 100 mph / 100 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)BristolIssued from1948
Model401Issued until
Serie401Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerBristol Aeroplane Co.CountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typefixed-head coupéNumber of seats5
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)4080 l / 144.08 cu ft / 144.08 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4864 mm / 191.5 in / 191.5 inTotal (curb) weight1225 kg / 2701 lb / 2701 lb
Width1702 mm / 67.0 in / 67.0 inDry weight
Height1524 mm / 60.0 in / 60.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2896 mm / 114.0 in / 114.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1314 mm / 51.7 in / 51.7 inTowing weight
Track rear1372 mm / 54.0 in / 54.0 inWeight distribution (front)50.0 % / 50.0 % / 50.0 %
Ground clearance165 mm / 6.5 in / 6.5 inFuel capacity77 l / 17.0 UK gal / 20.4 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.68  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.20 m2 / 23.7 sq ft / 23.7 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine Code85CTotal number of cylinders6
Engine Typestraight (inline) (Inline, 6 cylinder)Total number of valves12
Engine ManufacturerBMWValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore66.0 mm / 2.60 in / 2.60 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke96.0 mm / 3.78 in / 3.78 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.69
Fuel supply3 So 32 BI carbsEngine displacement1971 cm3 / 120.3 cu in / 120.3 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity328.50 cm3/cylinder / 20.046 cu in/cylinder / 20.046 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio7.5 : 1
SumpMax. output power63.4 kW / 85.0 hp / 85.0 hp at 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm / 4500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque145.0 N·m / 106.9 lb·ft / 106.9 lb·ft at 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)26.5 kW / 35.5 hp / 35.5 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output32.2 kW/l / 0.707 bhp/cu in / 0.707 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque73.6 N·m/l / 0.64 lb·ft/cu in / 0.64 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1
  Final gear (drive) ratio3.9

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)10.20 s / 10.20 s / 10.20 sTop (maximal) speed161 km/h / 100 mph / 100 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)15.10 s / 15.10 s / 15.10 sPower-to-weight ratio69.4 kW/ton / 52.6 bhp/ton / 52.6 bhp/ton
Acceleration 0-100 km/hFuel consumption, City (urban)
Acceleration 0-100 mph (160 km/h)Fuel consumption, Road (extra-urban)
Acceleration 80-120 km/h (50-70 mph) in topFuel consumption, Mixed (combined)
Standing ¼mile time Fuel consumption, Euro
Standing kilometer time CO2 emissions
  Range

Chassis

Engine locationfrontEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrack & pinionSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle11.4 m / 37.4 ft / 37.4 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Transverse leaf springSuspension rearLive axle, Torsion bar
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front5.75 x 16Tyres rear5.75 x 16
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter front279 mm / 11.0 in / 11.0 inBrake diameter rear279 mm / 11.0 in / 11.0 in
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Bristol 401

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