Volkswagen 181, 1979 MY

This car has a 4 door convertible/cabriolet type body with a rear mounted engine driving through the rear wheels. The 4 cylinder, overhead valve naturally aspirated powerplant has 2 valves per cylinder and a capacity of 1.6 litres. This unit provides power and torque figures of 48 bhp (48.7 PS/35.8 kW) at 4000 rpm and 100 Nm (74 lbft/10.2 kgm) at 2000 rpm respectively. The power is delivered to the wheels by means of a 4 speed manual gearbox. The Volkswagen 181 weighs a claimed 900 kg at the kerb. It is said to be able to achieve a top speed of 115 km/h (71 mph).

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Volkswagen 181, 1979 MY information summary

What body style?
4 door convertible/cabriolet with 4/5 seats
How long?
3780 mm
How heavy?
900 kg
What size engine?
1.6 litre, 1584 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Flat
How much power?
48.7 PS / 48 bhp / 35.8 kW @ 4000 rpm
How much torque?
100 Nm / 74 ft.lb / 10.2 kgm @ 2000 rpm
How fast?
115 km/h, 71 mph

Volkswagen 181 models

4 door convertible/​cabriolet RR 4M 1584 cm3 44.6 PS 44 bhp 32.8 kW 900 kg
1979 Volkswagen 181 data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater convertible/cabriolet
Number of doors4
Designer
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2400 94.5
Track/tread (front) 1350 53.1
Track/tread (rear) 1380 54.3
Length 3780 148.8
Width 1640 64.6
Height 1620 63.8
Ground clearance 205 8.1
length:wheelbase ratio 1.58
Kerb weight 900 kg 1984
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 40 litres 8.8 UK Gal 10.6 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Volkswagen
Engine code
Cylinders Flat 4
Capacity 1.6 litre
1584 cc
(96.662 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 85.5 × 69 mm
3.37 × 2.72 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.24
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output
(DIN)
48.7 PS (48 bhp) (35.8 kW)
at 4000 rpm
Specific output
(DIN)
30.3 bhp/litre
0.5 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
(DIN)
100 Nm (74 ft·lb) (10.2 kgm)
at 2000 rpm
Specific torque
(DIN)
63.13 Nm/litre
0.76 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 7.5:1
Fuel system 1 So carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 793.3 kPa (115.1 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 4
Engine coolant Air
Unitary capacity 396 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) 14.5 s
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) -1.00 s
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 115 km/h (71 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 54.07 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
39.77 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
53.33 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.02 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 25.14 kg/kW
42 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 rear
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering
turns lock-to-lock
Turning circle 11.00 m
Front suspension I.SwTA.RS.
Rear suspension I.SwSemiAx.TA.TB.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 4
Top gear ratio 0.82
Final drive ratio 4.88
general
Carfolio.com ID32307
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 18.1
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1979 Volkswagen 181 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.