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Austin-Healey Sprite Mark II

(1961 model)

Brief specs of 1961 Austin-Healey Sprite Mark II

2-door 2-seater drophead coupé (convertible coupé), petrol (gasoline) 4-cylinder 8-valve straight (inline) engine, OHV (overhead valve, I-head), 948 cm3 / 57.9 cu in / 57.9 cu in, 34.7 kW / 46.5 hp / 46.5 hp @ 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm, 72.0 N·m / 53.1 lb·ft / 53.1 lb·ft @ 2750 rpm / 2750 rpm / 2750 rpm, manual 4-speed transmission, rear wheel drive, 137 km/h / 85 mph / 85 mph top speed

units: metric UK US

Basic (general) data

Marque (make)Austin-HealeyIssued from1961
ModelSprite Mark IIIssued until
SerieSpriteNumber made
Model familyBody construction
Model codeBody designation
ManufacturerAustin-HealeyCountryUK

Bodywork

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

Dimensions & Weight

Length3454 mm / 136.0 in / 136.0 inTotal (curb) weight700 kg / 1543 lb / 1543 lb
Width1346 mm / 53.0 in / 53.0 inDry weight
Height1264 mm / 49.8 in / 49.8 inLoad capacity
Wheelbase2032 mm / 80.0 in / 80.0 inGross (max.) weight
Track front1162 mm / 45.7 in / 45.7 inTowing weight
Track rear1137 mm / 44.8 in / 44.8 inWeight distribution (front)51.4 % / 51.4 % / 51.4 %
Ground clearance127 mm / 5.0 in / 5.0 inFuel capacity27 l / 6.0 UK gal / 7.2 US gal
Length/wheelbase ratio1.7  

Aerodynamics

Drag coefficient (Cd, Cx, Cw)Frontal area (A)1.24 m2 / 13.3 sq ft / 13.3 sq ft
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 ManufacturerBMCValves per cylinder2
Engine constructionBore62.9 mm / 2.48 in / 2.48 in
Fuelpetrol (gasoline)Stroke76.2 mm / 3.00 in / 3.00 in
Fuel detailsBore/Stroke ratio0.83
Fuel supply2 SU carbsEngine displacement948 cm3 / 57.9 cu in / 57.9 cu in
Engine Main bearings5Unitary capacity237.00 cm3/cylinder / 14.463 cu in/cylinder / 14.463 cu in/cylinder
Cam DesignOHV (overhead valve, I-head)Compression ratio9.0 : 1
SumpMax. output power34.7 kW / 46.5 hp / 46.5 hp at 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm / 5500 rpm
AspirationnaturalMax. torque72.0 N·m / 53.1 lb·ft / 53.1 lb·ft at 2750 rpm / 2750 rpm / 2750 rpm
Compressor typeN/AMaximum rpm
IntercoolernoMax. net output (power at the wheels)16.8 kW / 22.5 hp / 22.5 hp (est.)
CoolantwaterSpecific output36.6 kW/l / 0.804 bhp/cu in / 0.804 bhp/cu in
Catalytic converternoSpecific torque76.0 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
  Final gear (drive) ratio4.22

Performance

Acceleration 0-50 mph (80 km/h)13.80 s / 13.80 s / 13.80 sTop (maximal) speed137 km/h / 85 mph / 85 mph
Acceleration 0-60 mph (97 km/h)19.80 s / 19.80 s / 19.80 sPower-to-weight ratio66.4 kW/ton / 50.3 bhp/ton / 50.3 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 circle9.8 m / 32.2 ft / 32.2 ft
Suspension frontIndependent, Coil springs, Wishbone (A-arm, control arm)Suspension rearLive axle, Quarter-elliptic leaf springs, Anti-roll (anti-sway) bar (ARB)
Wheels frontWheels rear
Tyres frontTyres rear
Brakes frontdrumBrakes reardrum
Brake diameter frontBrake diameter rear
Brakes detailsBraked area

Technical specifications and performance data of Austin-Healey Sprite Mark II

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