2003 Ford Thunderbird US

The Thunderbird is an automobile from Ford, with rear wheel drive, a front positioned engine and a 2 door convertible/cabriolet body style. The 8 cylinder, double overhead camshaft naturally aspirated powerplant has 4 valves per cylinder and a displacement of 4 litres. In this application it provides power and torque figures of 280 bhp (284 PS/209 kW) at 6000 rpm and 388 Nm (286 lbft/39.6 kgm) at 4000 rpm respectively. The engine delivers its power through to the wheels by means of a 5 speed automatic transmission. It weighs a stated 1712 kg at the kerb.

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Key facts

2003 Ford Thunderbird US information summary

What body style?
2 door convertible/cabriolet with 2 seats
How long?
4732 mm
How heavy?
1712 kg
What size engine?
4 litre, 3950 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
284 PS / 280 bhp / 209 kW @ 6000 rpm
How much torque?
388 Nm / 286 ft.lb / 39.6 kgm @ 4000 rpm

Ford Thunderbird models

Ford Thunderbird -
2 door convertible/​cabriolet FR 5A 3950 cm3 256 PS 252 bhp 188 kW 1699 kg

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2003 Ford Thunderbird data
Applicable to the USA domestic market(s).
bodywork
Body type2 seater convertible/cabriolet
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2723 mm 107.2 inches
Track/tread (front) 1537 mm 60.5 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1529 mm 60.2 inches
Length 4732 mm 186.3 inches
Width 1829 mm 72 inches
Height 1323 mm 52.1 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.74
Kerb weight 1712 kg 3774 lb
Weight distribution 53 % front
fuel tank capacity 68.2 litres 15 UK Gal 18 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area 2.08
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Ford
Engine code
Cylinders V 8 in 90° vee
Capacity 4 litre
3950 cc
(241.044 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 86 × 85 mm
3.39 × 3.35 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.01
Valve gear double overhead camshaft (DOHC)
4 valves per cylinder
32 valves in total
maximum power output 284 PS (280 bhp) (209 kW)
at 6000 rpm
Specific output 70.9 bhp/litre
1.16 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 388 Nm (286 ft·lb) (39.6 kgm)
at 4000 rpm
Specific torque 98.23 Nm/litre
1.19 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction aluminium block & head
sump
compression ratio 10.75:1
Fuel system SMPFi
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 1234.4 kPa (179 psi)
Maximum RPM 6500 rpm
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 493.75 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter Y
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed
Power-to-weight ratio 165.82 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
121.96 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
163.55 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.07 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 8.2 kg/kW
13.7 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres/100km
km/litre
UK MPG
US MPG
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
chassis
Engine position front
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock 2.700
Turning circle 10.90 m
Front suspension I.SLA.CS.ARB.
Rear suspension I.SLA.CS.ARB.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front P235/50 VR 17
Tyres rear P235/50 VR 17
Brakes F/R VeDi/VeDi-S-ABS
Front brake diameter 300 mm
Rear brake diameter 287 mm
Braked area 3032 cm2
Gearbox 5 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 0.71
Final drive ratio 3.58
general
Carfolio.com ID103301
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 36.7
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
2003 Ford Thunderbird added 2002-12-02.
Last modified 2013-02-28.