Key facts

Hillman Imp, 1972 MY information summary

What body style?
sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
3531 mm
How heavy?
671 kg
What size engine?
0.9 litre, 875 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
37.5 PS / 37 bhp / 27.6 kW @ 4800 rpm
How much torque?
67 Nm / 49 / 6.8 kgm @ 2600 rpm
How fast?
129 km/h, 80 mph


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1972 Hillman Imp technical specifications


The Hillman Imp is a rear wheel drive automobile, with its powerplant positioned in the rear, and a 2 door saloon (sedan) bodyshell.
Powering the Hillman Imp is a single overhead camshaft, 0.9 litre naturally aspirated 4 cylinder powerplant, with 2 valves per cylinder that produces power and torque figures of 37 bhp (37.5 PS/27.6 kW) at 4800 rpm and 67 N·m (49 lb·ft/6.8 kgm) at 2600 rpm respectively.
A 4 speed manual transmission transmits the power to the wheels.
Quoted kerb weight is 671 kg.
Its maximum speed stated is 129 km/h (80 mph).
1972 Hillman Imp data
Hillman Imp, 1972 MY data
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors2
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2082 82
Track/tread (front) 1283 50.5
Track/tread (rear) 1219 48
Length 3531 139
Width 1530 60.2
Height 1384 54.5
Ground clearance 165 6.5
length:wheelbase ratio 1.7
Kerb weight 671 kg 1479 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 27 litres 5.9 UK Gal 7.1 US Gal
Drag coefficient 0.38
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Hillman
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 0.9 litre
875 cc
(53.396 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 68 × 60.4 mm
2.68 × 2.38 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.13
single overhead camshaft (SOHC)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output
37.5 PS (37 bhp) (27.6 kW)
at 4800 rpm
Specific output
42.3 bhp/litre
0.69 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
67 Nm (49 ft·lb) (6.8 kgm)
at 2600 rpm
Specific torque
76.57 Nm/litre
0.93 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio 10:1
Fuel system 1 So carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 962.2 kPa (139.6 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 3
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 218.75 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) 14.6 s
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) -1.00 s
Standing quarter-mile
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 129 km/h (80 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 55.91 PS/g
41.12 kW/g
55.14 bhp/ton
0.02 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 24.32 kg/kW
40.62 lb/bhp
fuel consumption
Fuel consumption
universal consumption (calculated from the above)
litres per 100km
km per litre
Carbon dioxide emissions
Carfolio Calculated CO2 ?
VED band (UK)
CO2 Effizienz (DE)
Engine position rear
Engine layout longitudinal
Drive wheels rear wheel drive  
Torque split N/A
Steering rack & pinion
turns lock-to-lock 2.600
Turning circle 9.60 m
Front suspension I.SwingSA.CS.
Rear suspension I.CS.STA.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 0.85
Final drive ratio 4.86
general ID35959
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 11.5
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1972 Hillman Imp added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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