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MG Midget III

(1972 model)

Brief specs of 1972 MG Midget III

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1275 cm3 / 77.8 cu in / 77.8 cu in, 48.5 kW / 65.0 hp / 65.0 hp @ 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm, 98.0 N·m / 72.3 lb·ft / 72.3 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 153 km/h / 95 mph / 95 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)MGIssued from1972
ModelMidget IIIIssued until
SerieMidgetNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerMGCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length3495 mm / 137.6 in / 137.6 inTotal (curb) weight685 kg / 1510 lb / 1510 lb
Width1394 mm / 54.9 in / 54.9 inDry weight
Height1235 mm / 48.6 in / 48.6 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2032 mm / 80.0 in / 80.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1176 mm / 46.3 in / 46.3 inTowing weight
Track rear1137 mm / 44.8 in / 44.8 inWeight distribution (front)52.4 % / 52.4 % / 52.4 %
Ground clearance127 mm / 5.0 in / 5.0 inFuel capacity27 l / 5.9 UK gal / 7.1 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.72  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.46 m2 / 15.8 sq ft / 15.8 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders4
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves8
Engine ManufacturerBMCValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore70.6 mm / 2.78 in / 2.78 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke81.3 mm / 3.20 in / 3.20 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.87
Fuel supply2 SU carbsEngine displacement1275 cm3 / 77.8 cu in / 77.8 cu in
Engine Main bearings3Unitary capacity318.75 cm3/cylinder / 19.451 cu in/cylinder / 19.451 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio8.8 : 1
SumpMax. output power48.5 kW / 65.0 hp / 65.0 hp at 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm / 6000 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque98.0 N·m / 72.3 lb·ft / 72.3 lb·ft at 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)7.6 kW / 10.2 hp / 10.2 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output38.0 kW/l / 0.836 bhp/cu in / 0.836 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque76.9 N·m/l / 0.67 lb·ft/cu in / 0.67 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)9.20 s / 9.20 s / 9.20 sTop (maximal) speed153 km/h / 95 mph / 95 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio94.9 kW/ton / 71.9 bhp/ton / 71.9 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-lock2.3Turning circle9.8 m / 32.2 ft / 32.2 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm), Coil springsSuspension rearLive axle, Semi-elliptic leaf springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdiscBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of MG Midget III

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