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Volkswagen W12 Roadster

(1997 model)

Brief specs of 1997 Volkswagen W12 Roadster

2-door 2-seater fixed-head coupé, petrol (gasoline) 12-cylinder 48-valve W engine, DOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam), 5584 cm3 / 340.8 cu in / 340.8 cu in, 313.2 kW / 420.0 hp / 420.0 hp @ 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm, 530.0 N·m / 390.9 lb·ft / 390.9 lb·ft @ 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm, rear wheel drive

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)VolkswagenIssued from1997
ModelW12 RoadsterIssued until
SerieW12Number made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerVolkswagen AGCountryDE

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typefixed-head coupéNumber of seats2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)4180 l / 147.62 cu ft / 147.62 cu ftMax. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4400 mm / 173.2 in / 173.2 inTotal (curb) weight1150 kg / 2535 lb / 2535 lb
Width1920 mm / 75.6 in / 75.6 inDry weight
Height1000 mm / 39.4 in / 39.4 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2530 mm / 99.6 in / 99.6 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1634 mm / 64.3 in / 64.3 inTowing weight
Track rear1652 mm / 65.0 in / 65.0 inWeight distribution (front)
Ground clearanceFuel capacity55 l / 12.1 UK gal / 14.5 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.74  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.63 m2 / 17.6 sq ft / 17.6 sq ft (est.)
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders12
Engine TypeW engine (W-engine)Total number of valves48
Engine ManufacturerVolkswagenValves per cylinder4
Engine constructionBore81.0 mm / 3.19 in / 3.19 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke90.3 mm / 3.56 in / 3.56 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.9
Fuel supplyEngine displacement5584 cm3 / 340.8 cu in / 340.8 cu in
Engine Main bearingsUnitary capacity465.33 cm3/cylinder / 28.396 cu in/cylinder / 28.396 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignDOHC (double overhead camshafts, twin cam)Compression ratio
SumpMax. output power313.2 kW / 420.0 hp / 420.0 hp at 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm / 5800 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque530.0 N·m / 390.9 lb·ft / 390.9 lb·ft at 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm / 3000 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)125.3 kW / 168.0 hp / 168.0 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output56.1 kW/l / 1.233 bhp/cu in / 1.233 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converterSpecific torque94.9 N·m/l / 0.83 lb·ft/cu in / 0.83 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typeNumber of gears
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio
  Final gear (drive) ratio

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)Top (maximal) speed
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)Power-to-weight ratio365.2 kW/ton / 276.7 bhp/ton / 276.7 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 locationmiddleEngine alignmentlongitudinal
SteeringSteering details
Turns lock-to-lockTurning circle
Suspension frontSuspension rear
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front195/65-R15Tyres rear195/65-R15
Brakes frontBrakes rear
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsABS (anti-lock braking system)Braked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Volkswagen W12 Roadster

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