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Sunbeam-Talbot Rapier III

(1959 model)

Brief specs of 1959 Sunbeam-Talbot Rapier III

2-door 2+2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1494 cm3 / 91.2 cu in / 91.2 cu in, 58.2 kW / 78.0 hp / 78.0 hp @ 5400 rpm / 5400 rpm / 5400 rpm, 113.0 N·m / 83.3 lb·ft / 83.3 lb·ft @ 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)Sunbeam-TalbotIssued from1959
ModelRapier IIIIssued until
SerieRapierNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerSunbeam-TalbotCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typefixed-head coupéNumber of seats2+2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4128 mm / 162.5 in / 162.5 inTotal (curb) weight1043 kg / 2299 lb / 2299 lb
Width1549 mm / 61.0 in / 61.0 inDry weight
Height1486 mm / 58.5 in / 58.5 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2438 mm / 96.0 in / 96.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1264 mm / 49.8 in / 49.8 inTowing weight
Track rear1232 mm / 48.5 in / 48.5 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity
Length/wheelbase ratio1.69  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.96 m2 / 21.1 sq ft / 21.1 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 ManufacturerHillmanValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore79.0 mm / 3.11 in / 3.11 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke76.2 mm / 3.00 in / 3.00 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.04
Fuel supply2 Ze carbsEngine displacement1494 cm3 / 91.2 cu in / 91.2 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity373.50 cm3/cylinder / 22.792 cu in/cylinder / 22.792 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio9.2 : 1
SumpMax. output power58.2 kW / 78.0 hp / 78.0 hp at 5400 rpm / 5400 rpm / 5400 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque113.0 N·m / 83.3 lb·ft / 83.3 lb·ft at 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm / 3500 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)23.3 kW / 31.2 hp / 31.2 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output39.0 kW/l / 0.856 bhp/cu in / 0.856 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque75.6 N·m/l / 0.66 lb·ft/cu in / 0.66 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio1.01
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.55

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio74.8 kW/ton / 56.7 bhp/ton / 56.7 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
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springsSuspension rearLive axle, Semi-elliptic leaf springs
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Sunbeam-Talbot Rapier III

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