1946 Bristol 400

The Bristol 400 is a rear wheel drive motor vehicle, with the engine positioned in the front, and a 2 door coupé body. Its 6 cylinder, overhead valve naturally aspirated powerplant has 2 valves per cylinder and a displacement of 2 litres. In this application it produces power and torque figures of 80 bhp (81 PS/60 kW) at 4200 rpm and 143 Nm (105 lbft/14.6 kgm) at 3000 rpm respectively. The engine drives the wheels via a 4 speed manual transmission. Stated kerb weight is 1170 kg. Maximum quoted speed is 153 km/h, which equates to 95 mph.

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1946 Bristol 400 information summary

What body style?
2 door fixed-head coupé with 4/5 seats
How long?
4648 mm
How heavy?
1170 kg
What size engine?
2 litre, 1971 cm3
How many cylinders?
6, Straight
How much power?
81 PS / 80 bhp / 60 kW @ 4200 rpm
How much torque?
143 Nm / 105 ft.lb / 14.6 kgm @ 3000 rpm
How fast?
153 km/h, 95 mph

Bristol 400 models

2 door fixed-head coupé FR 4M 1971 cm3 71 PS 70 bhp 52 kW 1170 kg
1946 Bristol 400 data
bodywork
Body type4/5 seater fixed-head coupé
Number of doors2
Designer
dimensions & weights
mminches
Wheelbase 2896 mm 114 inches
Track/tread (front) 1321 mm 52 inches
Track/tread (rear) 1372 mm 54 inches
Length 4648 mm 183 inches
Width 1626 mm 64 inches
Height 1499 mm 59 inches
Ground clearance 178 mm 7 inches
length:wheelbase ratio 1.6
Kerb weight 1170 kg 2579 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 54.6 litres 12 UK Gal 14.4 US Gal
aerodynamics
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
CdA
engine
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Bristol
Engine code 85A
Cylinders Straight 6
Capacity 2 litre
1971 cc
(120.278 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 66 × 96 mm
2.6 × 3.78 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.69
Valve gear overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
12 valves in total
maximum power output 81 PS (80 bhp) (60 kW)
at 4200 rpm
Specific output 40.6 bhp/litre
0.67 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 143 Nm (105 ft·lb) (14.6 kgm)
at 3000 rpm
Specific torque 72.55 Nm/litre
0.88 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 7.5:1
Fuel system 3 SU D2/471 carburettors
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 911.7 kPa (132.2 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 328.5 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
performance
Acceleration 0-80km/h (50mph) 10.3 s
Acceleration 0-60mph
Acceleration 0-100km/h
Acceleration 0-160km/h (100mph) -1.00 s
Standing quarter-mile 19.7 s
Standing kilometre
Maximum speed 153 km/h (95 mph)
Power-to-weight ratio 69.33 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
50.99 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
68.38 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
0.03 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 19.61 kg/kW
32.76 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 11.40 m
Front suspension I.TL.
Rear suspension LA.TB.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front 5.50 x 16
Tyres rear 5.50 x 16
Brakes F/R Dr/Dr
Front brake diameter 279 mm
Rear brake diameter 279 mm
Braked area
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1
Final drive ratio 3.90
general
Carfolio.com ID53284
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 16.2
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1946 Bristol 400 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.