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Volkswagen 181

(1972 model)

Brief specs of 1972 Volkswagen 181

4-door 5-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve flat (horizontally opposed, boxer) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 1584 cm3 / 96.7 cu in / 96.7 cu in, 32.8 kW / 44.0 hp / 44.0 hp @ 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm, 98.0 N·m / 72.3 lb·ft / 72.3 lb·ft @ 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 110 km/h / 68 mph / 68 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)VolkswagenIssued from1972
Model181Issued until
Serie181Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerVolkswagen AGCountryDE,US,BR,MX,ZA

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors4
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats5
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)3930 l / 138.79 cu ft / 138.79 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length3780 mm / 148.8 in / 148.8 inTotal (curb) weight900 kg / 1984 lb / 1984 lb
Width1640 mm / 64.6 in / 64.6 inDry weight
Height1620 mm / 63.8 in / 63.8 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2400 mm / 94.5 in / 94.5 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1324 mm / 52.1 in / 52.1 inTowing weight
Track rear1416 mm / 55.7 in / 55.7 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearance205 mm / 8.1 in / 8.1 inFuel capacity40 l / 8.8 UK gal / 10.6 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.58  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)2.26 m2 / 24.3 sq ft / 24.3 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) (Inline, 4 cylinder)Total number of valves8
Engine ManufacturerVolkswagenValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore85.5 mm / 3.37 in / 3.37 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke69.0 mm / 2.72 in / 2.72 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio1.24
Fuel supply1 So carbEngine displacement1584 cm3 / 96.7 cu in / 96.7 cu in
Engine Main bearings4Unitary capacity396.00 cm3/cylinder / 24.165 cu in/cylinder / 24.165 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio6.6 : 1
SumpMax. output power32.8 kW / 44.0 hp / 44.0 hp at 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm / 3800 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque98.0 N·m / 72.3 lb·ft / 72.3 lb·ft at 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm / 2000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)5.2 kW / 7.0 hp / 7.0 hp (est.)
CoolantairSpecific output20.7 kW/l / 0.455 bhp/cu in / 0.455 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque61.9 N·m/l / 0.54 lb·ft/cu in / 0.54 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.89
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.13

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)16.00 s / 16.00 s / 16.00 sTop (maximal) speed110 km/h / 68 mph / 68 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio48.9 kW/ton / 37.0 bhp/ton / 37.0 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 locationrearEngine alignmentlongitudinal
Steeringworm & rollerSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock2.6Turning circle11.2 m / 36.7 ft / 36.7 ft
Suspension frontIndependent,Sw Trailing arm,RSSuspension rearIndependent, Swinging semi-axle, Trailing arm, Torsion bar
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front185/80-R14Tyres rear185/80-R14
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Volkswagen 181

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