1976 Bristol 603

This car has a 2 door coupé body style with a front located engine powering the rear wheels. Its 8 cylinder, overhead valve naturally aspirated powerplant has 2 valves per cylinder and a volume of 5.9 litres. In this application it musters power and torque figures of 172 bhp (174 PS/128 kW) at 4000 rpm and 366 Nm (270 lbft/37.3 kgm) at 2000 rpm respectively. Power is transmitted to the wheels via a 3 speed automatic transmission. The Bristol 603 weighs a stated 1785 kg at the kerb. Maximum speed claimed is 225 km/h (140 mph).

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Key facts

1976 Bristol 603 information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 4/5 seats
How long?
4910 mm
How heavy?
1785 kg
What size engine?
5.9 litre, 5898 cm3
How many cylinders?
8, V
How much power?
174 PS / 172 bhp / 128 kW @ 4000 rpm
How much torque?
366 Nm / 270 ft.lb / 37.3 kgm @ 2000 rpm
How quick?
0-60 mph: 8.6 s
How fast?
225 km/h, 140 mph

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1976 Bristol 603 data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2896 mm 114 inches
Track/tread (front) 1384 mm 54.5 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1397 mm 55 inches
Length 4910 mm 193.3 inches
Width 1770 mm 69.7 inches
Height 1440 mm 56.7 inches
Ground clearance
length:wheelbase ratio 1.7
Kerb weight 1785 kg 3935 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 81.8 litres 18 UK Gal 21.6 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Chrysler
Engine code
Cylinders V 8
Capacity 5.9 litre
5898 cc
(359.918 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 101.6 × 90.93 mm
4 × 3.58 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.12
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
16 valves in total
maximum power output 174 PS (172 bhp) (128 kW)
at 4000 rpm
Specific output 29.2 bhp/litre
0.48 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 366 Nm (270 ft·lb) (37.3 kgm)
at 2000 rpm
Specific torque 62.05 Nm/litre
0.75 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump
compression ratio 8:1
Fuel system 1 Ca carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 779.8 kPa (113.1 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings 5
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 737.25 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph)
Acceleration 0-60mph 8.6 s
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph)
Standing quarter-mile 16.5 s
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 225 km/h (140 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 97.7 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
71.85 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
96.36 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.04 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 13.92 kg/kW
23.25 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
Turning circle
Front suspension I.W.CS.
Rear suspension LA.TB.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Di/Di
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Braked area
Gearbox 3 speed automatic
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 2.88
general
Carfolio.com ID53185
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 51.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1976 Bristol 603 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.