Key facts

Renault 8, 1963 MY information summary

What body style?
sedan/saloon with 4/5 seats
How long?
3990 mm
How heavy?
726 kg
What size engine?
1 litre, 956 cm3
How many cylinders?
4, Straight
How much power?
42.6 PS / 42 bhp / 31.3 kW @ 5200 rpm
How much torque?
75 Nm / 55 / 7.6 kgm @ 2500 rpm


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1963 Renault 8 technical specifications


The Renault 8 is a saloon (sedan) with a rear mounted engine which transmits its power through the rear wheels.
It's powered courtesy of a naturally aspirated engine of 1 litre capacity. This unit features overhead valve valve gear, 4 cylinder layout, and 2 valves per cylinder. It has an output of 42 bhp (42.6 PS/31.3 kW) of power at 5200 rpm, and maximum torque of 75 N·m (55 lb·ft/7.6 kgm) at 2500 rpm.
A 4 speed manual transmission supplies the power to the driven wheels.
It weighs a quoted 726 kg at the kerb.
1963 Renault 8 data
Renault 8, 1963 MY data
Body type4/5 seater sedan/saloon
Number of doors
dimensions & weights
Wheelbase 2270 89.4
Track/tread (front) 1251 49.3
Track/tread (rear) 1219 48
Length 3990 157.1
Width 1486 58.5
Height 1359 53.5
Ground clearance 152 6
length:wheelbase ratio 1.76
Kerb weight 726 kg 1601 lb
Weight distribution
fuel tank capacity 38.6 litres 8.5 UK Gal 10.2 US Gal
Drag coefficient
Frontal area
engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Renault
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 4
Capacity 1 litre
956 cc
(58.339 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 65 × 72 mm
2.56 × 2.83 in
Bore/stroke ratio 0.9
overhead valve (OHV)
2 valves per cylinder
8 valves in total
maximum power output
42.6 PS (42 bhp) (31.3 kW)
at 5200 rpm
Specific output
43.9 bhp/litre
0.72 bhp/cu in
maximum torque
75 Nm (55 ft·lb) (7.6 kgm)
at 2500 rpm
Specific torque
78.45 Nm/litre
0.95 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
compression ratio 8.5:1
Fuel system 1 So carb
bmep (brake mean effective pressure) 985.9 kPa (143 psi)
Maximum RPM
crankshaft bearings
Engine coolant Water
Unitary capacity 239 cc
Aspiration Normal
Compressor N/A
Intercooler None
Catalytic converter N
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 58.66 PS/g
43.14 kW/g
57.85 bhp/ton
0.03 bhp/lb
Weight-to-power ratio 23.18 kg/kW
38.72 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
turns lock-to-lock 3.500
Turning circle 9.10 m
Front suspension I.CS.
Rear suspension I.CS.
Wheel size front
Wheel size rear
Tyres front
Tyres rear
Brakes F/R Di/Di
Front brake diameter
Rear brake diameter
Gearbox 4 speed manual
Top gear ratio 1.03
Final drive ratio 4.37
general ID72072
Production total
Model code
Model family
RAC rating 10.5
Insurance classification No information available
Tax band No information available
1963 Renault 8 added before December 1995.
Last modified 2013-02-28.

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