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Austin-Healey 100-6 BN 4

(1956 model)

Brief specs of 1956 Austin-Healey 100-6 BN 4

2-door 2+2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 6-cylinder 12-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 2639 cm3 / 161.0 cu in / 161.0 cu in, 76.1 kW / 102.1 hp / 102.1 hp @ 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm, 193.0 N·m / 142.3 lb·ft / 142.3 lb·ft @ 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 165 km/h / 103 mph / 103 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)Austin-HealeyIssued from1956
Model100-6 BN 4Issued until
Serie100Number made4241
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerAustin-HealeyCountryUK

Bodywork

Base platformNumber of doors2
Bodywork typedrophead coupé (convertible coupé)Number of seats2+2
Bodywork designerCargo capacity (volume)
Passenger space (volume)Max. cargo capacity (volume)

Dimensions & Weight

Length4001 mm / 157.5 in / 157.5 inTotal (curb) weight1124 kg / 2478 lb / 2478 lb
Width1537 mm / 60.5 in / 60.5 inDry weight
Height1245 mm / 49.0 in / 49.0 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2337 mm / 92.0 in / 92.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1238 mm / 48.7 in / 48.7 inTowing weight
Track rear1270 mm / 50.0 in / 50.0 inWeight distribution (front)49.0 % / 49.0 % / 49.0 %
Ground clearance140 mm / 5.5 in / 5.5 inFuel capacity55 l / 12.0 UK gal / 14.4 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.71  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.54 m2 / 16.6 sq ft / 16.6 sq ft
Aerodynamic coefficient (Cd×A)Aerodynamic resistance (Aero horse power) at 100 km/h (62 mph)

Engine

Engine CodeTotal number of cylinders6
Engine Typestraight (inline) Total number of valves12
Engine ManufacturerAustinValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore79.4 mm / 3.12 in / 3.12 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke88.9 mm / 3.50 in / 3.50 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.89
Fuel supply2 SU H4 carbsEngine displacement2639 cm3 / 161.0 cu in / 161.0 cu in
Engine Main bearings4Unitary capacity439.83 cm3/cylinder / 26.840 cu in/cylinder / 26.840 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio8.2 : 1
SumpwetMax. output power76.1 kW / 102.1 hp / 102.1 hp at 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm / 4600 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque193.0 N·m / 142.3 lb·ft / 142.3 lb·ft at 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm / 2400 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)36.8 kW / 49.4 hp / 49.4 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output28.8 kW/l / 0.634 bhp/cu in / 0.634 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque73.1 N·m/l / 0.64 lb·ft/cu in / 0.64 lb·ft/cu in

Transmission

Transmission typemanualNumber of gears4
Wheel driverear wheel driveTop gear (drive) ratio0.77
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.13

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)9.30 s / 9.30 s / 9.30 sTop (maximal) speed165 km/h / 103 mph / 103 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)12.90 s / 12.90 s / 12.90 sPower-to-weight ratio90.8 kW/ton / 68.8 bhp/ton / 68.8 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
Steeringcam & pegSteering details
Turns lock-to-lock2.75Turning circle10.7 m / 35.1 ft / 35.1 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springs, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm), Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)Suspension rearLive axle, Semi-elliptic leaf springs, Panhard rod
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres front5.90 x 15Tyres rear5.90 x 15
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter front280 mm / 11.0 in / 11.0 inBrake diameter rear280 mm / 11.0 in / 11.0 in
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Austin-Healey 100-6 BN 4

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