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Volkswagen 1302 Beetle

(1972 model)

Brief specs of 1972 Volkswagen 1302 Beetle

2-door 5-seater sedan (saloon), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve flat (horizontally opposed, boxer) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1192 cm3 / 72.7 cu in / 72.7 cu in, 25.4 kW / 34.1 hp / 34.1 hp @ 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm, 83.0 N·m / 61.2 lb·ft / 61.2 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 115 km/h / 71 mph / 71 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)VolkswagenIssued from1972
Model1302 BeetleIssued until
Serie1300Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerVolkswagen AGCountryDE,US,BR,MX,ZA

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typesedan (saloon)Number of seats5
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4080 mm / 160.6 in / 160.6 inTotal (curb) weight870 kg / 1918 lb / 1918 lb
Width1585 mm / 62.4 in / 62.4 inDry weight
Height1500 mm / 59.1 in / 59.1 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2420 mm / 95.3 in / 95.3 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1379 mm / 54.3 in / 54.3 inTowing weight
Track rear1352 mm / 53.2 in / 53.2 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance160 mm / 6.3 in / 6.3 inFuel capacity41 l / 9.0 UK gal / 10.8 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.69  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.02 m2 / 21.8 sq ft / 21.8 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 Typeflat (horizontally opposed, boxer) Total number of valves8
Engine ManufacturerVolkswagenValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore77.0 mm / 3.03 in / 3.03 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke64.0 mm / 2.52 in / 2.52 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.2
Fuel supply1 So carbEngine displacement1192 cm3 / 72.7 cu in / 72.7 cu in
Engine Main bearings4Unitary capacity298.00 cm3/cylinder / 18.185 cu in/cylinder / 18.185 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio7.0 : 1
SumpMax. output power25.4 kW / 34.1 hp / 34.1 hp at 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm / 3600 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque83.0 N·m / 61.2 lb·ft / 61.2 lb·ft at 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)10.2 kW / 13.6 hp / 13.6 hp (est.)
CoolantairSpecific output21.3 kW/l / 0.468 bhp/cu in / 0.468 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque69.6 N·m/l / 0.61 lb·ft/cu in / 0.61 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.89
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.38

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed115 km/h / 71 mph / 71 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio39.1 kW/ton / 29.6 bhp/ton / 29.6 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 locationrearEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringworm & rollerSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock2.6Turning circle9.6 m / 31.5 ft / 31.5 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, MacPherson strut, Coil springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB), Trailing armSuspension rearIndependent, Swinging semi-axle, Trailing arm, Torsion bar
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Volkswagen 1302 Beetle

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