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Matra-Simca Bagheera U8

(1974 model)

Brief specs of 1974 Matra-Simca Bagheera U8

2-door 3-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 8-cylinder 16-valve V engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2588 cm3 / 157.9 cu in / 157.9 cu in, 123.0 kW / 164.9 hp / 164.9 hp @ 6200 rpm / 6200 rpm / 6200 rpm, 216.0 N·m / 159.3 lb·ft / 159.3 lb·ft @ 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm, manual 5-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 230 km/h / 143 mph / 143 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)Matra-SimcaIssued from1974
ModelBagheera U8Issued until
SerieBagheeraNumber made2
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerMatra-SimcaCountryFR

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typefixed-head coupéNumber of seats3
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4140 mm / 163.0 in / 163.0 inTotal (curb) weight1202 kg / 2650 lb / 2650 lb
Width1734 mm / 68.3 in / 68.3 inDry weight
Height1220 mm / 48.0 in / 48.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2600 mm / 102.4 in / 102.4 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1381 mm / 54.4 in / 54.4 inTowing weight
Track rear1442 mm / 56.8 in / 56.8 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance180 mm / 7.1 in / 7.1 inFuel capacity80 l / 17.6 UK gal / 21.1 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.59  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.80 m2 / 19.4 sq ft / 19.4 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders8
Engine TypeV engine (80.0° vee)Total number of valves16
Engine ManufacturerMatraValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore76.7 mm / 3.02 in / 3.02 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke70.0 mm / 2.76 in / 2.76 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.1
Fuel supply4 We 36 DCNF carbsEngine displacement2588 cm3 / 157.9 cu in / 157.9 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity323.50 cm3/cylinder / 19.741 cu in/cylinder / 19.741 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio9.8 : 1
SumpMax. output power123.0 kW / 164.9 hp / 164.9 hp at 6200 rpm / 6200 rpm / 6200 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque216.0 N·m / 159.3 lb·ft / 159.3 lb·ft at 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm / 4000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)49.2 kW / 66.0 hp / 66.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output47.5 kW/l / 1.044 bhp/cu in / 1.044 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque83.5 N·m/l / 0.73 lb·ft/cu in / 0.73 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears5
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio
  Final gear (drive) ratio

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed230 km/h / 143 mph / 143 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio137.3 kW/ton / 104.0 bhp/ton / 104.0 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 locationmiddleEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringrack & pinionSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front185/70 VR 14Tyres rear205/70 VR 14
Brakes frontventilated discBrakes rearventilated disc
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Matra-Simca Bagheera U8

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