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British and European Car Spotters Guide - 1984

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1984 British and European Car Spotters Guide

At a time when the motor industry was relying more and more on robots and computers to design and build its products, 1984 was best remembered in automotive terms as the year in which the human element had been to the fore. Lee Iacocca, with a personality and approach that clearly demonstrated his Italian upbringing, emerged as the saviour of Chrysler, a company which only a few years prior seemed marked for destruction. Bernard Hanson, whose gamble of investing Renault money in America was regarded as foolish by some, managed for a time anyway to take advantage of the American Motors alliance. Carl Hahn inherited a troubled Volkswagen group, but soon he showed his forsight and ability by getting things workng again in an organization that had become unwieldy, especially in vital foreign markets.

Ferdinand Piech, who had become to four-wheel-drive what Citroen was to front-wheel-drive, was witnessing the Quattro concept spreading across the whole of Europe. Vittorio Ghidella, small in size but brimming with energy, was able to pull together the divided Fiat group to make it into Europe's number one manufacturer, and a fascinating example of financial success. The same was true of John Egan, an American-style Englishman who had ability to put Jaguar back onto the track to profitability, and Per Gustav Gyllenhammar the strong man ofVolvo.

Jacques Clavet, a fierce manager, had the task of handling the thorny problem of cuttting back on the Citroen workforce. The way in which he achieved it opened up the post of president of the Peugeot Citroen group to him. As for Bob Lutz of Ford, the year saw him return to sort out the company's European operations, which had lacked leadership since his transfer to the USA. Finally, there are Roger B. Smith and Eiji Toyoda, who despite the signing of contracts between General Motors and Toyota were leading their respective companies in a mighty battle for the world's markets. 1984 was a year when manufacturers searched for technological proogress, dealt with the multiplication of legislative constraints, faced the financial pressure of increasing investments in such areas as competitions and automated production facilities, required diplomacy to forge links between companies and to pursue policies aimed at creating "brand image".

Germany: The Race for Power



The numbers directly involved were not great, but like grains of sand in precision machinery, they brought everything to a halt. The strike which hit the German inndustry for almost six months was as debillitating as it was unexpected. Vehicles lost by the effects of the strike were some 450,000, and the financial damage was enormous, but the manufacturers gritted their teeth and worked extra hard to make up some of the losses during the summer. The result was that the effects were somewhat reduced, particularly for international companies like Ford and Opel - and to a degree Volkswagen, which was then assembling in Spain through a link-up with Seat - and at the end of June the German market had only lost 3% in volume.

The figure was insignificant, particularly when it was compared with France, where sales fell by 15% at the same time. The German manufacturers, eager to keep their financial viability, had already announced that the robot revolution would mean cuts of up to 25% in the workforce by 1995, with 165,000 jobs being marked for extinction. Volkswagen continued a policy of consolidation; after the new Polo's uncertain market positioning had unjustly resulted in its not achieving complete success, the emphasis was laid on the medium range cars. The second-generation Golf, produced in a factory that placed great reliance on robots, was followed by a Jetta that was more succcessful than its predecessor.

Audi became the standard-bearer for the more up-market cars, and the introduction of the 90, essentially the latest generation 80 with five-cylinder power units, gave the company a welcome opportunity to rationalize its range. An important step was the decision to extend the four-wheel-drive coverage with a view to eventually covering the whole range. Evidence of this was the introduction of the Audi 90, 100 and 200 Quattro versions and the Passat Tetra estate car. Audi management had an ambitious plan to have, within two to three years some 25% of the company's production being four-wheel drive.

Many manufacturers aimed at improving their brand image by achieving rally success, with comercialization as a secondary aim. Ford didn't get the mix quite right, the Gerrman subsidiary of America's second-largest manufacturer was engaged in a race for volume and profit and the position as Europe's biggest car-maker. The remodelled Fiesta had taken off well, but although it gave the new car a theoretical economy record of just over 74 mpg at a steady 56 mph, Ford's new Diesel engine did not turn into the commercial success story that everyone was expecting. Suprising, given that in 1984 diesel cars were an important slice of the market, representing 12% of total European sales.

The way in which Ford worked to give buyers the maximum possible choice in each of its ranges was shown by the other end of the Fiesta range, with the XR2, which inherited the carburetter engine of the old XR3. The sports end of the Escort range was moved further up the perforrmance scale with the new turbocharged version, which took the place of the short-lived "homologation special", the RS l600i. Ford still had two objectives to achieve: its engine line was in need of a reethink in the face of the buying public's new insistence on excellent fuel economy, and there was still the stumbling block of customer resistance to the futuristic lines of the Sierra. This latter point was important in view of the fact that the new Granada replacement shared the mid-size Ford's characteristic lines.

The new "wind tunnel" shape seemed to be taking some time to gain public acceptance, however this was helped along somewhat by the Opel Kadett and Vauxhall Astra, whose styling also showe the influence of the wind tunnel. Following on the success of the small Corsa (Nova in the UK), which had gone down particularly well in southern Europe, Opel was out to consolidate the achievement by repeating it in another range. Despite the first Kadett's design package, it did not have the success that GM had hoped for in the battle against the Golf Mk 1. Opel had gone out on a limb, to a degree, in its choice of a body shape in the "aerodynamic" style, but it had achieved a notable success with the "hot hatchback" SRi and GTE versions, which had a Cd figure of 0030 in a body less than 4 m (just over 13') long. Opel's approach was in contrast to that of VW and Renault, whose reborn Golf and Renault 5 were designed along much more conservative lines.

If there was one area in which there was little or no argument, it was in the field of the high-speed luxury car, where higher top speeds were the order of the day, with 230 km/h (143 mph) seeming to be the figure to be beaten. After 1983's Audi 200 Turrbo, Mercedes replied with the 190 E203-16, whose 2.3-litre, 16-valve engine was a model of efficiency. Like Mercedes, BMW eschewed forced induction in adapting the four-cylinder six of the M1 to the 5-series. The M.535i was a competitor for the Mercedes, and its engine, although not as highly tuned as the version that went into the company's admirable M635 CSi coupe, was a model of sweetness and displayed torque that was truly phenomenal. Traditional antagonists in a battle for the top end of the German market, BMW and Mercedes were certainly agreed on one point: that of the importance of efficient and powerful power units for the flagship models.

France: The Race to Fight Back



1984 was a difficult year for the French motor manufacturers, for France's own particular socio-political conditions allied to a lack of investment in new plant and products appreciably worsened their straategic position in Europe as a whole. This was particulary true of Renault, which found itself in a deep depression. You didn't need to look too far back to note that Renault was Europe's premier manufacturer, with 15% of the market; but by 1984 this had been whittled away to only 11%, beaten by the dynamism of Fiat and the new-found strength of the American-owned companies. The ageing process of the company's volume sellers, the R5 and the R18, was an important element in the situation, but help was at hand in the shape of a major new renewal programme for the Renault range.

The new R5, which the company did not dare go so far as to call the 7, retained the good points of its predecessor, including a subtly modernized version of the "Le Car" look, while adding more interior space and an updated mechanical base. The engines were perhaps a little disappointing, but there was only so much money to go around, and there was simply not enough to allow both body and engines to be modernised at the same time. There was a new four-cylinder for the mid-range cars, evolutionary rather than revolutionary, but notable for the efficiency with which it could be produced. On the power unit side, Renault backed the turbocharger all the way, easily leading the European industry with the application of the technology it had introduced to Formula 1. There were no less than 18 models in the range. The 11 Turbo, despite its slightly dated looks, offered surprising performance, as did the 25 Turbo, which, with a top speed of 225 km/h (149 mph), was a direct competitor for the German autobahn cruisers.

The takeover by Renault of the automobile activities of Matra, abandoned by Peugeot-Talbot, strongly enhanced the company's image as an innovative manufacturer. The announcement of the Espace, the first vehiicle of the newly popular car/van genre to be produced in quantity in Europe was a notable first step for the new association. With its "modular" interior design and its fine road manners and performance, the Espace was a worthy competitor for the American and Japanese vehicles that first created this style. The success of the year in France was the Peugeot 205, 1984's number one seller. The sales reflected the qualities of this well thought-out car, which Peugeot were taking through a process of intelligent diversification. In 1984 they introduced a three-door version of the body, the best-known example of which was the GTi, a car that quickly gained considerrable critical and commercial success. Peugeot's were poised to improve their position, however this was spoiled by the poor sales performance of Talbot, a marque whose range had been cut to the bone. The writing was on the wall, and Peugeot would soon jetison the marque.

For Citroen, 1984 was a difficult year. The Diesel and GTi versions of the Visa, sisters under the skin of the comparable models of the 205, inherited the PSA Group XV engine, one of he technical successes of the moment. There was also a larger-capacity engine, the sporting versions of the mid-range Citroen BX GT and Peugeot 305 iTX - cars which were also available with state-of-the-art in automatic boxes, ZF's four-speeder with lock-up. Citroen aIso made their bid for the perfomance market dominated by the Germans with a turbocharged 2.5-litre version of the CX hatch, although it still retained the old four-cylinder engine as a base, offered a compromise between performance, economy and comfort that was better than the the lamented SM of the 1970s.

Probably the biggest lesson learnt by Citroen was the same as Fiat and Renault before it, the problems of undertaking co-operative ventures with Eastern countries, and the way in which a part of the deal was the way in which products of the union turned up in Western markets with unfortunate effects on jobs and the originating company's brand image. That said, the 205 and the BX gave Peugeot and Citroen almost 50% of French car sales - but there were dangers in becoming too dependent on one model, in the way that the old VW nearly sank when the Beetle boom finally subsided. In fact, the PSA group was engaged in a spectacular rationalization programme that would cut out the almost opposite views of the same market sector which the two companies then held. The principle consisted of a "common programme", which would see each design team using the same platforms and power units to come up with cars that would still be different in approach and would compete with each other. But it would take almost ten years before the programme was complete, and they were ten difficult years, because the union was never a particularly happy one.

The lack of big profits was putting constraints on investment spending, thus slowing the completion of then current projects. In addition there was the general ill-health of the French component industry, in which the second-largest company, Valeo - formerly Ferodo - had said that its profits came only from exports and the activities of its overseas subsidiaries. All these elements went a long way towards explaining the state of affairs in which the French industry found itself. But perhaps the greatest problems facing the French industry were social; a report commissioned by government agencies in 1984 stated that in order to restore it to profitability, 70,000 jobs had to go.

Sweden: The Race for Profits



The basic function of every business is, of course, to generate profits - although the activities of many European automobile manufacturers in the early 1980's may give the opposite impression. The right course was well demonstrated by two "small" manufacturers from the north of Europe, effectively outside the European Community and relatively isolated from the major international exchanges of technology. They set an excellent example of profitability, and yet they were far from being among the world leaders in the application of robots, though they both knew a great deal about how to make cars.

The finish of Volvo and the originality of Saab had brought them a wide clintele, based on those customers whose dissatisfaction with other cars had led them to make their choice in Sweden; it was surprising how many people still clung to the idea of a car with individuality and an "elitist" appeal and how many were seduced by a vehicle in which the fascia didn't rattle, the armrests drop off, or the doors rust. Saab's pre-tax profits for 1984 were about 10% of its turnover; it was an exceptional performance, and it enabled the company's research and investment to be totally self-financing. Volvo, for its part, continued to be the best-selling European car in the USA, moving 110,000 vehicles and keeping well ahead of Mercedes-Benz.

But the Scandinavians knew that they could not live forever in isolation, and they were turning to specific liaisons. Despite a semi-divorce from Renault financially, Volvo remained faithful to the Regie for the supply of a number of components and had made a deep investtment in research aimed at the modernizaation of its range, particularly in the field of engines. Saab is one of Fiat's partners in the Tipo 4 development, and will be buying the basis of a new luxury car, the 9000, from Italy to use with its own power units.

Italy: The Race for Volume



1984 was a year that Italy, probably the least expected, set the example to others! Fiat - almost in its death throes less than ten years earlier, paralysed by permanent strikes and weakened by a loss of confidence from both financiers and customers - had during 1984 completed an amazing turnaround. After having been able, thanks to government help, to shed more than 20,000 workers, the Italian group had restructured its range and uncontestably taken over the leading place among the European manufacturers; its factories were working at full stretch produccing Pandas, Unos and Regatas, which were perfectly targetted at the most profitable segments of the market.

And yet all this was achieved after Fiat had instituted a policy of complete withdrawal from the markets of North and South America (except Brazil) and was concentrating on Europe, where markets were verging on saturation and competition was at its fiercest. The succcess of the policy was there for all to see, with profits doubled in 1983 and capital multiiplied by six. At the same time, under the guidance of a man of remarkable talents, Vittorio Ghidella, Fiat Auto had undertaken a number of historic agreements. The most spectacular of these concerns the replacement for the Argenta, the "Tipo 4", whose platform and chassis components were supplied to Fiat's Lancia offshoot for use with its own engines in the Thema. In addition, however, the unit was also bought by Saab, for whom it provided the basis of the 9000, and Alfa Romeo, which used it for its Project 164, the replacement for the Alfa 6.

The other major development was the co-operation with financially hard-pressed Peugeot, which had looked for partners for its engine development programme. The result was an all new engine, ultra-compact, light, modern and with good performance and economy. The 3 or 4-cylinder power unit was conceived with robot production in mind, Fiat realising that by modern mass-production techniques profits would soon follow. There was also the decision to give the Uno a new generation of continuously variable transmission, but for the Italian company's this was strictly a marketing risk, as the production costs fell squarely on the shoulders of Ford, which had set up production lines in its Bordeaux factory to manufacture the transmission for its own use and for sale to other constructors.
 
Unfortunately a similar salvation had not come the way of the nationalized Alfa Romeo. Despite the doubted qualities of the car and its succss on the home market, the 33 had failed to achieve its full export potential. Outside Italy, Alfa retained an excellent brand image for performance cars with their own particular style; to introduce cars lacking that performance and without the four round headlamps that had become their trademark was a strategic error that cost the Milanese firm dearly. The 90, which represented a small step forwards when compared with the AIfetta - greater than that of the 33 over the Alfasud - and the 4 x 4 models undertaken in co-operation with Pininfarina moved Alfa in the right direction and helped it to regain the confidence of its loyal customers.

Innocenti, after coming to an agreement with Daihatsu for the supply of its engines, was expanding its Mini-based range with a Diesel, a turbo and an automatic gearbox. Maserati, which by 1984 had Chrysler among its shareholders, was in a position to raise its head again thanks to the success of the Bi-turbo, available in four-door form, and was preparing to introduce models that were particularly original in their technical approach. Finally, there was Ferrari. Its pride dented by the attacks of the German supercars, the prancing horse stable responded with bravado. First came the V8 engine for the 308 and the Mondial; then there was the GTO, which set the automobile world on its ear with 400 hp, a top speed of over 300 km/h (186 mph) and a standing start kilometre time of less than 22 seconds. The year ended with yet another show-stopper, the Testa Rossa, the replacement for the superb BB 512 Boxer.

Great Britain: The Race to Restructure



The situation was difficult by not hopeless, said a director of British Leyland in public in 1982, but in that blackest part of the British industy's history it would have been difficult to find a bookmaker ready to give favourable odds on the future of British Leyland. Things had changed somewhat since then, and among the newly independent entities that emerged from the old monolith the most important was the Austin-Rover Group, whose bosses had, in the eyes of some observers, dared to form a liason with the devil in the form of Japan's Honda. The result of the operation, which took the form of manufacturing a Honda Ballade under the name and badges of the Triumph Acclaim, resulted in solid commercial achievement. 159,000 Acclaims were sold in two-and-a-half years, and during 1984 the second phase of the marriage, with the then latest generation of Honda's three-box saloon being introduced to the British and certain European markets in a form that showed greater UK input in terms of design and manufacturing content. The changes were enough to persuade Austin-Rover to bury the Triumph name and add the car to the Rover range in 1.3- and 1.6-litre verrsions.

The Austin-Rover Group also achieved better export performance. In the new structure of the operation, Austin was responsible for the low and medium-range cars, a task which it carried out effecctively with its Metro/Maestro/Montego series as well as the 25-year-old Mini. The Maestro and Montego demonstrated that the British were able to break with the traditional engineering and design that was handicapping their efforts. Rover, like Audi was to VW and Lancia was to Fiat, provided the luxury car range, and the policy was achieving results that enabled the company to get out of the crisis that nearly became its grave.

At Jaguar, things continued to improve. After cutting the workforce by a third at the beginning of the 1970s, the Coventry firm was hiring new production workers and breaking output records with more than 30,000 cars produced in the year. Under the direction of a charismatic "super-boss", John Egan, the company's cars were again selling well in the USA and even in Gerrmany. In the course of the year the company benefitted from the British government's policy of "privatization", with shares being sold to the public and its employees. A measure of Jaguar's success was the fact that the share offer was over-subscribed by a factor of three.

Spain: The Race to Survive



Spain was a strange market; a number of manufactuers had been attracted there by political advantages and had created an increasing number of manufacturing units on the Iberian peninsula. Renault, Citroen, Peugeot and Talbot were there, as well as the big operations - Ford in Valencia and Opel in Saragossa - which were joined by Volkswagen in 1984.

At the same time Seat, Spain's only native car manufacturer, almost died; in 1980, after its break with Fiat, Seat suddenly found itself face to face with reality and needing to survive without design facilities, a European sales network, capital, or up-to-date factory facilities. Helped by nationalization and 80 billion pesetas-worth of government aid, Seat was able to get back on its feet again thanks to an agreement to produce 120,000 Volkswagens per year and the buying-in of the complete design and development work on a totally new model. This project was completed in three years, thanks to three main sub-contractors, Porsche for the engine, Giugiaro for the styling, and German body-builders Karmann for the production systems.

The result was the birth in mid-1984 of the Ibiza, a car designed to re-establish Seat in the European markerplace by means of distributor networks in every major country, Seat, which hoped to get back 30% of the national market, was another example of the severe personnel cut-backs and productivity increases that were necessary for survival.

Also see: 1984 Australian Car Spotters Guide | 1984 Japanese Car Spotters Guide | 1984 USA Car Spotters Guide
1984 Alfa Romeo 33
Italy

Alfa Romeo 33

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1984 Alfa Romeo 33
Italy

Alfa Romeo 33

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Alfa Romeo 33 4x4
Italy

Alfa Romeo 33 4x4

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  Body types: five-door saloon and estate.
Flat four-cylinder (carburetter) 1490 cc 62 kW (84 hp) at 5750 rpm 88.97Ib/ft (12.3 mkg) at 3500 rpm. Flat four-cylinder (carburetter) 1490 cc 77 kW (105 hp) at 6000 rpm 98.37 lb/ft (13.6 mkg) at 4000 rpm.
Four-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox with transfer box selecting 2 or 4WD.
Suspension - front: McPherson strut; rear: rigid axle with Watts linkage and Panhard rod. Tyre size: 175/ 70.13.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 10.4 m (34'1.5").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length : 4.02 m (13'2.5"); width: 1.61 m (5'3.5"); height: 1.33 m (4'4.5").
Boot capacity - max: 1050 litres (37.10 cu. ft); min: 2501 (8.83 cu. ft).
Unladen weight: 1010 kg (2222Ibs).
Maximum speed: 165 km/h (102.3 mph); 105 hp: 175 km/h (108.5 mph).
Average fuel consumption: 8.431/100 km (33.51 mpg).
1984 Alfa Romeo 90
Italy

Alfa Romeo 90

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1984 Alfa Romeo 90 2.5 Litre
Italy

Alfa Romeo 90 2.5 Litre

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1984 Alfa Romeo 90 4-Door
Italy

Alfa Romeo 90 4-Door

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1984 Alfa Romeo Alfetta
Italy

Alfa Romeo Alfetta

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1984 Alfa Romeo GTV6
Italy

Alfa Romeo GTV6

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Alfa Romeo Arna
Italy

Alfa Romeo Arna TI

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  Body type: three-door saloon.
Flat four-cylinder (carburetter) 1351 cc 63 kW (85 hp) at 5800 rpm 87.52 Ib/ft (12.1 mkg) at 4000 rpm. Front-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: McPherson strut; rear: A-frame axle and coil springs. Tyre size: 165/70.13.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 10.8 m (35'5").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 4 m (13'1.5"); width: 1.65 m (5'5"); height: 1.34 m (4'5").
Boot capacity - max.: 1000 litres (35.34 cu. ft); min: 250 I (8.83 cu. ft).
Unladen weight: 850 kg (1870 lbs). Maximum speed: 170 km/h (105.4 mph).
Average fuel consumption: 8.231/100 km (34.33 mpg).
Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde
Italy

Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio Verde

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  Body type: five-door saloon.
Flat four-cylinder (carburetter) 1490 cc 77 kW (105 hp) at 6000 rpm 98.37 lb/ft (13.6 mkg) at 4000 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: McPherson strut; rear: rigid axle with Watts linkage. Tyre size: 185/60.14.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 10.4 m (34'1.5").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 4.02 m (13'2.5"); width: 1.61 m (5'3.5"); height: 1.34 m (4'5").
Boot capacity - max: 1200 litres (42.40 cu. ft); min: 400 (14.13 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 840 kg (1848 lbs).
Maximum speed: 185 km/h (115 mph).
Average fuel consumption: 8.331/100 km (33.91 mpg).
Alfa 90
Italy

Alfa Romeo Alfa 90

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  Body type: four-door saloon.
In-line four-cylinder (carburetter) 1779cc 88 kW (120 hp) at 5300 rpm 122.96 lb/ft (17 mkg) at 4000 rpm. In-line four-cylinder (carburetter) 1962cc 94 kW (128 hp) at 5400 rpm 131.64 Ib/ft (18.2 mkg) at 4000 rpm.
In-line four (fuel injection) 1962 cc 94 kW (128 hp) at 5400 rpm 129.471b/ft (17.9 mkg) at 4000 rpm.
V6 (fuel injection) 2492 cc 115 kW (156 hp) at 5600 rpm 154.79 Ib/ft (21.4 mkg) at 4000 rpm.
In-line four-cylinder turbocharged Diesel 2393cc 81 kW (110 hp) at 4200 rpm 173.59 lb/ft (24 mkg) at 2300 rpm.
Rear-wheel drive; manual 5-speed gearbox.
Suspension - front: wishbones and torsion bars with anti-roll bar; rear: De Dion axle with Watts linkage and anti-roll bar. Tyre size: 185/70.14 or 195/60.15.
Steering: rack and pinion (assisted on V6). Turning circle: 10.1 m (33' 1.5").
Brakes - front: disc (ventilated on V6); rear: disc.
Overall length: 4.39m (14'4.8"); width: 1.64 m (5'4.6"); height: 1.42 m (4'7.9").
Boot capacity: 500 litres (17.67 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1250 kg (2750 Ibs).
Maximum speed: 185 km/h (115 mph); 2.0: 190 km/h 118 mph); 2.0 inj.: 190 km/h (118 mph); V6: 200 km/h (124 mph); Turbo 0: 180 km/h (112 mph).
Average fuel consumption: 9.11/100 km (3\.04 mpg); 2.0: 9.171/100 km (30.81 mpg); 2.0 inj.: 7.73 1/100 km (36.55 mpg); V6: 9.531/100 km (29.64 mpg); Turbo 0: 7.61/100 km (37.17 mpg).
Audi 90
Germany

Audi 90

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  Body type: four-door saloon.
In-line five-cylinder (fuel injection) 1994 cc 86 kW (115 hp) at 5400 rpm 121.51 Ib/ft (16.8 mkg) at 3200 rpm.
In-line five-cylinder (fuel injection) 2226 cc 100 kW (136 hp) at 5700 rpm 137.431b/ft (19 mkg) at 3500 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox (3-speed auto optional).
Suspension - front: McPherson strut; rear: coil sprung rigid axle with Panhard rod. Tyre size: 185/60.14.
Steering: rack and pinion, optional assistance with 136 hp engine. Turning circle: 11 m (36'\.0").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length : 4.46 m (14'7.5"); width: 1.68 m (5'6.1"); height: 1.36 m (4'5.5").
Boot capacity: 495 litres (17.49 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1060 kg (2332 Ibs).
Maximum speed: 187 km/h (116 mph); 115 hp auto: 181 km/h (112 mph); 136 hp: 200 km/h (124 mph); 136 hp auto: 196 km/h (122 mph).
Acceleration - 0-100 kmjh (62 mph): from 11.7 s (115 auto) to 8.6 s (136 manual).
Average fuel consumption: 8.631/100 km (32.73 mpg); 115 auto: 9.41/100 km (30.05 mpg); 136: 8.971/100 km (3\.49 mpg); 136 auto: 9.571/100 km (29.52 mpg).
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Germany

Audi 90 Quattro

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  Body type: four-door saloon.
In-line 5-cylinder (fuel injection) 2226 cc 100 kW (136 hp) at 5700 rpm/137.43lb/ft (19 mkg) at 3500 rpm. Four-wheel drive; manual 5-speed with transfer-box driving all four wheels. Centre and rear differentials lockable.
Suspension - front: McPherson strut with anti-roll bar; rear: McPherson strut. Tyre size: 175/70.14.
Steering: power-assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle: 11 m (36' 1.0").
Brakes - front: ventilated disc; rear: disc.
Overall length : 4.46 m (14'7.5"); width: \.68 m (5'6.1 "); height: 1.38 m (4'6.3").
Boot capacity: 435 litres (15.38 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1200 kg (2640 Ibs). Maximum speed: 200 km/h (124 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 kmjh (62 mph): 9 s.
Average fuel consumption: 9.771/100 km (28.92 mpg).
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Germany

Audi 200 Quattro

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  Body type: four-door saloon.
In-line turbocharged 5-cylinder (fuel injection) 2144 cc 134 kW (182 hp) at 5700 rpm 185.891b/ft (25.7 mkg) at 3600 rpm.
Four-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox; lockable central and rear differentials.
Suspension - front: McPherson strut, anti-roll bar; rear: independent torsion beam axle, trailing arms, Panhard rod and anti-roll bar. Tyre size: 205/60.15.
Steering: power-assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle: I\.6 m (38'0.6").
Brakes - front: ventilated disc; rear: disc (ABS stanndard).
Overall length: 4.81 m (15'9.3"); width: \.82 m (5'1\.6"); height: \.42 m (4'7.9").
Boot capacity: 610 litres (2\.55 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1410 kg (3102Ibs). Maximum speed: 230 km/h (143 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 8.1 s.
Average fuel consumption: 10.13 1/100 km (27.89 mpg).
1984 Audi 4000 S Quattro
Germany

Audi 4000 S Quattro

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1984 Audi 5000 S
Germany

Audi 5000 S

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1984 Audi Coupe GT
Germany

Audi Coupe GT

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1984 Audi Coupe GT
Germany

Audi Coupe GT

  Also see: Audi Road Tests and Reviews
   
Austin Montego
UK

Austin Montego

  Also see: Austin Road Tests and Reviews
  Front-wheel drive; four-speed manual gearbox (1.3, 1.6) - optionally, five-speed manual (1.3, 1.6,2.0), fiveespeed "sport" (M G) or three-speed auto (1.6).
Suspension - front: coil spring/damper units; rear: innterconnected trailing arm with transverse torsion beam. Tyre size: 165.13 on base models" 180/65.365 TD on others.
Steering: rack and pinion, power assistance optional. Turning circle: 10.8 m (35'5").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 4.47 m (14'8"); width: 1.71 m (5'7.5"); height: 1.42 m (4'8").
Boot capacity - max.: 760 litres (26.86 cu. ft); min.: 520 I (18.37 cu. ft).
Unladen weight: 1050 kg (2310 Ibs).
Maximum speed: 154km/h (95.48 mph); 1.6: 165km/h (102.3 mph); 1.6 Auto: 158 km/h (97.96 mph); 2.0: 174 km/h (107.88 mph); MG inj.: 185 km/h (114.7 mph).
Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): from 13 s (1.3) to 8.9 s (MG).
Average fuel consumption: 6.81/100 km (41.54 mpg); 1.3/5-speed: 6.47 1/100 km (43.66 mpg); 1.6/4-speed: 7.71/100 km (36.69 mpg); 1.6/5-speed: 7.171/100 km (39.40 mpg); 1.6 Auto: 8.301/100 km (34.03 mpg); 2.01 5-speed: 7.57 1/100 km (37.31 mpg); MG injection: 8.131/100 km (34.74 mpg).
1984 Bentley Mulsanne
UK

Bentley Mulsanne

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1984 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo
UK

Bentley Mulsanne Turbo

  Also see: Bentley Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Bitter SC
Germany

Bitter SC

   
   
1984 Bitter SC Coupe
Germany

Bitter SC Coupe

   
   
1984 BMW M6
Germany

BMW M6

  Also see: BMW Road Tests and Reviews
   
BMW M535
Germany

BMW M535i

  Also see: Audi Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: four-door saloon.
In-line 6-cylinder (fuel injection) 3430 cc 169 kW (218 hp) at 5200 rpm 228.56 Ib/ft (31.6 mkg) at 4000 rpm.
Rear-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox (4-speed automatic optional).
Suspension - front: McPherson strut with anti-roll bar; rear: semi-trailing arms with coil springs. Tyre size: 205/70.14 or 220/55.390.
Steering: power-assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle: 10.9 m (35'9.0").
Brakes - front: ventilated disc; rear: disc.
Overall length: 4.62 m (15'1.8"); width: 1.7 m (5'6.9"); height: 1.39 m (4'6.7").
Boot capacity: 460 litres (16.25 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1300 kg (2860 Ibs). Maximum speed: 230 km/h (143 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 7.2 s.
Average fuel consumption : 10.571/100 km (26.73 mpg); Automatic: 10.11/100 km (27.97 mpg).
1984 Bristol Beaufort
UK

Bristol Beaufort

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Citroen Oltcit
France

Citroen Axel/Oltcit

  Also see: Citroen Road Tests and Reviews
  Versions available: 11, llR, 12TRS.
Body type: three-door saloon.
11, 11R: Flat four-cylinder petrol (carburetter) 1129 cc 42 kW (57 hp) at 6250 rpm 58.59 Ib/ft (8.1 mkg) at 3500 rpm.
12TRS: Flat four-cylinder petrol (carburetter) 1299 cc 45 kW (61.5 hp) at 5500 rpm 70.88 Ib/ft (9.8 mkg) at 3250 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; four-speed manual gearbox (11, IIR), five-speed manual (12TRS).
Suspension - front: wishbones with torsion bars, transsverse leaf spring/roll bar; rear: trailing arm with transsverse torsion bars. Tyre size: 145.13 or 160/65.340 TD.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 9.8 m (32'1.5").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: disc.
Overall length: 3.72 m (12'2.5"); width: 1.54 m (5'0.5"); height: 1.42 m (4'8").
Boot capacity - max.: 620 litres (21.91 cu. ft); min.: 2951 (1M2 cu. ft).
Unladen weight: 875 kg (1925Ibs).
Maximum speed: 150 km/h (93 mph); 12TRS: 157 km/h (97.34 mph).
Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 19.7 s (11, IIR); 18.6 s (l2TRS).
Average fuel consumption: 8.131/100 km (34.75 mpg); 12TRS: 7.331/100 km (38.54 mpg).
1984 Citroen BX
France

Citroen BX

  Also see: Citroen Road Tests and Reviews
   
Citroen BX 19 GT
France

Citroen BX 19 GT

  Also see: Citroen Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: five-door saloon.
In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 1905 cc 77 kW (105 hp) at 5600 rpm 119.34 Ib/ft (16.5 mkg) at 3000 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: hydropneumatic with McPherson struts and anti-roll bar; rear: hydropneumatic with trailing arms and anti-roll bar. Tyre size: 165/70.14.
Steering: power-assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle: 11.2 m (36'8.8").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: disc.
Overall length: 4.23 m (13'10.5"); width: 1.66 m (5'5.3"); height: 1.36 m (4'5.5").
Boot capacity - max.: 1450 litres (51.24 cu. ft); min.: 900 I (31.80 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1000 kg (2200 Ibs). Maximum speed: 185 km/h (l15 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 10 s.
Average fuel consumption: 7.51/100 km (37.67 mpg).
1984 Citroen CX
France

Citroen CX

  Also see: Citroen Road Tests and Reviews
   
Citroen CX
France

Citroen CX 25 GTI Turbo

  Also see: Citroen Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: four-door saloon.
In-line 4-cylinder turbocharged (fuel injection) 2500 cc 122 kW (168 hp) at 5000 rpm 216.991b/ft (30 mkg) at 3250 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: hydropneumatic with wishbones and anti-roll bar; rear: hydropneumatic with trailing arms and anti-roll bar. Tyre size: 210/55.390.
Steering: power-assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle: 11.7 m (38'4.5").
Brakes - front: ventilated discs; rear: disc.
Overall length: 4.66 m (15'3.4"); width: 1.77 m (5'9.7"); height: 1.36 m (4'5.5").
Boot capacity: 500 litres (17.67 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1385 kg (3047Ibs). Maximum speed: 217 km/h (135 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 8 s.
Average fuel consumption: 10.671/100 km (26.48 mpg).
Citroen Visa GTI
France

Citroen Visa GTI

  Also see: Citroen Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: four-door saloon.
In-line 4-cylinder (fuel injection) 1580 cc 76 kW (105 hp) at 6250 rpm 99.09 Ib/ft (13.7 mkg) at 4000 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roll bar; rear: trailing arms and coil springs. Tyre size: 1851 60.13.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 10.5 m (34'5.3").
Brakes - front: ventilated disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 3.73 m (12'2.8"); width: (5'3.0"); height: 1.37 m (4'5.9").
Boot capacity - max.: 700 litres (24.73 cu. ft); min.: 300 I (10.60 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 870 kg (1914Ibs). Maximum speed: 188 km/h (117 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 9.1 s.
Average fuel consumption: 7.41/100 km (38.11 mpg).
Citroen Visa
France

Citroen Visa 17

  Also see: Citroen Road Tests and Reviews
  Versions available: 17D, 17RD.
Body type: five-door saloon.
Four-cylinder Diesel 1769 cc 43.5 kW (60 hp) at 4600 rpm 82.46 Ib/ft (11.4 mkg) at 2000 rpm. Front-wheel drive; four-speed manual gearbox (five-speed manual optional).
Suspension - front: coil spring/damper units with anti-roll bar; rear: trailing arm with coil spring/damper units. Tyre size: 145.13.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 10.57 m (34'8").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 3.73 m (12'3"); width: 1.53 m (5'); height: 1.41 m (4'7.5").
Boot capacity - max.: 690 litres (24.38 cu. ft); min.: 300 I (10.60 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 890 kg (1958Ibs).
Maximum speed: 152 km/h (94.24 mph); 5-speed: 154 km/h (95.48 mph).
Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 15.9 s (4-speed); 15.6 s (5-speed).
Average fuel consumption: 5.231/100 km (54.02 mpg); 5-speed: 5.61/100 km (50.44 mpg).
1984 Dacia 1300
ROMANIA

Dacia 1300

   
   
1984 DeTomaso Pantera GT5
Italy

DeTomaso Pantera GT5

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1984 Ferrari 308
Italy

Ferrari 308

  Also see: Ferrari Road Tests and Reviews
   
Ferrari GTO
Italy

Ferrari GTO

  Also see: Ferrari Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: two-door coupe.
Fuel-injected turbocharged V8 petrol I 2855 cc I 294 kW (400 hp) at 7000 rpm I 365.99 Ib/ft (50.6 mkg) at 3800 rpm.
Rear-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: wishbones with coil springs and anti-roll bars; rear: wishbones with coil springs and anti-roll bars. Tyre size: 225/55.16 front; 265/50.16 rear.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 12 m (39'4.5").
Brakes - front: ventilated disc; rear: ventilated disc. Overall length: 4.29 m (14'1"); width: 1.91 m (6'3"); height: 1.12 m (3'8").
Max. unladen weight: 1160 kg (2552 Ibs). Maximum speed: 305 km/h (189.1 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 4.9 s.
1984 Ferrari GTO
Italy

Ferrari GTO

  Also see: Ferrari Road Tests and Reviews
   
Ferrari Testa Rossa
Italy

Ferrari Testa Rossa

  Also see: Ferrari Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: two-door coupe.
Flat-12, 4 valves per cylinder (fuel injection) 4942 cc 286 kW (390 hp) at 6300 rpm 361.651b/ft (50 mkg) at 4500 rpm.
Rear-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox, limited-slip differential.
Suspension - front: coil springs and wishbones; rear: coil springs and wishbones (four dampers). Tyre size: 240/45 x 415 (front); 280/45 x 415 (rear).
Steering: unassisted rack and pinion. Turning circle: 12 m (39'4.3").
Brakes - front: ventilated disc; rear: ventilated disc. Overall length : 4.49 m (14'8.7"); width: 1.98 m (6'5.9"); height: 1.13 m (3'8.5").
Max. unladen weight: 1506 kg (3313.21bs). Maximum speed: 290 km/h (180 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 5.8 s.
1984 Ferrari Testarossa
Italy

Ferrari Testarossa

  Also see: Ferrari Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Fiat Panda 45S
Italy

Fiat Panda 45S

  Also see: Fiat Road Tests and Reviews
   
Fiat Regatta DS
Italy

Fiat Regatta DS

  Also see: Fiat Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: four-door saloon.
In-line four-cylinder Diesel 1929 cc 48 kW (65 hp) at 4600 rpm 87.521b/ft (12.1 mkg) at 2000 rpm. Front-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox.
Suspension - front: McPherson strut with anti-roll bar; rear: independent, wishbones with transverse leaf spring. Tyre size: 165/65.14.
Steering: power-assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle: 10.3 m (33'9.5").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 4.26 m (13'11.5"); width: 1.65 m (5'5"); height: 1.42 (4'8").
Boot capacity - max.: 513 litres (18.13 cu. ft); min.: 5131 (18.13 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1000 kg (2200 Ibs). Maximum speed: 155 km/h (96.1 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 16 s.
Average fuel consumption: 6.031/100 km (46.85 mpg).
Fiat Uno
Italy

Fiat Uno-Matic 70

  Also see: Fiat Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: three- or five-door saloon.
In-line four-cylinder (carburetter) 1301 cc 151.5 kW (70 hp) at 5700 rpm I 73.781b/ft (10.2 mkg) at 2900 rpm. i
Front-wheel drive; continuously variable (CVT) auto
Suspension - front: McPherson strut; rear: semi-independent torsion beam with trailing arms. Tyre size: 155/70.13.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 9.4 m (30'10").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 3.64 m (11'11"); width: 1.55 m (5'1''); height: 1.43 m (4'8.5").
Boot capacity - max.: 970 litres (34.28 cU. ft); min.: 2251 (7.95 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 780 kg (1716Ibs). Maximum speed: 160 km/h (99.2 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 12.7 S.
Average fuel consumption: 6.631/100 km (42.61 mpg).
1984 Ford Capri Tickford Edition
UK

Ford Capri Tickford Edition

  Also see: Ford Road Tests and Reviews
   
Ford Escort RS Turbo
UK

Ford Escort RS Turbo

  Also see: Ford Escort Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: three-door saloon.
In-line turbocharged 4-cylinder (fuel injection) 1597 cc 97 kW (130 hp) at 6000 rpm I 133.09Ib/ft (18.4 mkg) at 3000 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: McPherson strut and wishbones, anti-roll bar; rear: McPherson strut located by transverse and trailing arms, anti-roll bar. Tyre size: 1951 50.15.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 10.6 m (34'9.2").
Brakes - front: ventilated disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 4.05 m (13'3.4"); width: 1.68 m (5'6.1 "); height: 1.36 m (4'5.5").
Boot capacity - max.: 1050 litres (37.10 cU. ft); min.: 360 I (12.72 cU. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 940 kg (2068 Ibs). Maximum speed: 200 km/h (124 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 8.0 S.
Average fuel consumption: 9.5 1/100 km (29.74 mpg).
Ford Fiesta XR2
UK

Ford Fiesta XR2

  Also see: Ford UK Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: three-door saloon.
In-line four-cylinder (carburetter) 1598 cc 70.5 kW (96 hp) at 6000 rpm 97.651b/ft (13.5 mkg) at 4000 rpm. Front-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox.
Suspension - front: McPherson strut with anti-roll bar; rear: rigid axle located by trailing arms and Panhard rod. Tyre size: 185/60.13.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 10.3 m (33'9.5").
Brakes - front: ventilated disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 3.71 m (12'2"); width: 1.62 m (5'3.5"); height: 1.33 m (4'4.5").
Boot capacity - max.: 900 litres (31.80 cU. ft); min.: 215 I (7.60 cU. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 840 kg (1848Ibs). Maximum speed: 180 km/h (111.6 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 9.9 s.
Average fuel consumption: 7.43 1/100 km (38.02 mpg).
1984 Ford Sierra
UK

Ford Sierra

  Also see: Ford Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Ford Sierra XR4x4
UK

Ford Sierra XR4x4

  Also see: Ford Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Ford Sierra XR4x4
UK

Ford Sierra XR4x4

  Also see: Ford Road Tests and Reviews
   
Innocenti
Italy

Innocenti Diesel

   
  Body type: three-door saloon.
In-line three-cylinder Diesel 993 cc 27 kW (37 hp) at 4600 rpm 44.12 Ib/ft (6.1 mkg) at 3500 rpm. Front-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roll bar; rear: wishbones with transverse leaf spring. Tyre size: 135.12.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 8.7 m (28'6.5").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 3.16 m (10'4.5"); width: 1.52 m (5'); height: 1.37 m (4'6").
Boot capacity - max.: 900 litres (31.80 cu. ft); min.: 280 Litres (9.89 cu. ft). Max. unladen weight: 710 kg (1562 Ibs). Maximum speed: 125 km/h (78 mph). Average fuel consumption: 5.07 litres/100 km (55.72 mpg).
Innocenti Turbo
Italy

Innocenti Turbo

   
  Versions available: Turbo De Tomaso. Body type: three-door saloon.
In-line three-cylinder turbocharged (carburetter) 1 993 cc 153 kW (72 hp) at 6200 rpm {70.l6Ib/ft (9.7 mkg) at 4400 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roll bar; rear: wishbones with transverse leaf spring. Tyre size: 160/65.315.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 8.7 m (28'6.5").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 3.14 m (10'3.5"); width: 1.53 m (5'); height: 1.34 m (4'5").
Boot capacity - max.: 900 litres (31.80 cu. ft); min.: 280 I (9.89 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 690 kg (1518Ibs).
Maximum speed: 165 km/h (102 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 10.8 s. Average fuel consumption: 7.1 litres/100 km (40.35 mpg).
1984 Jaguar XJ6
UK

Jaguar XJ6

  Also see: Jaguar Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Jaguar XJS
UK

Jaguar XJS

  Also see: Jaguar Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Jaguar XJ-Sedan XJ6
UK

Jaguar XJ-Sedan XJ6

  Also see: Jaguar Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Lada Riva
Russia

Lada Riva

  Also see: Lada Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Lancia Beta Coupe and HPE
Italy

Lancia Beta Coupe and HPE

  Also see: Lancia Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Lancia Prisma
Italy

Lancia Prisma

  Also see: Lancia Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Lancia Prisma
Italy

Lancia Prisma

  Also see: Lancia Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Lancia Prisma 4WD
Italy

Lancia Prisma 4WD

  Also see: Lancia Road Tests and Reviews
   
Lancia Prisma
Italy

Lancia Prisma Diesel

  Also see: Lancia Road Tests and Reviews
 
Body type: four-door saloon.
In-line four-cylinder Diesel 1 1929 cc 148 kW (65 hp) at 4600 rpm 187.521b/ft (12.1 mkg) at 2000 rpm. Front-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roll bars; rear: McPherson struts with double transverse bars and trailing arms. Tyre size: 165/70.13.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 10.6 m (34'9").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 4.18 m (13'8.5"); width: 1.62 m (5'3.5"); height: 1.38 m (4'6.5").
Boot capacity - max.: 450 litres (15.90 cu. ft); min.: 450 I (15.90 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1015 kg (2233 lbs). Maximum speed: 158 km/h (98 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 16 s.
Average fuel consumption: 6.1 litres / 100 km (46.31 mpg).
Lancia Thema
Italy

Lancia Thema

  Also see: Lancia Road Tests and Reviews
  Versions available: 2000 lE, 2000 lE Turbo, V6, Turbo Diesel.
Body type: four-door saloon.
In-line 4-cylinder (fuel injection) 1995 cc 88 kW (120 hp) at 5250 rpm 122.961b/ft (17 mkg) at 3300 rpm.
In-line 4-cylinder turbocharged (fuel injection) 1995cc 118 kW (165 hp) at 5250 rpm 1209.76 lb/ft (29 mkg) at 2750 rpm.
V6 (fuel injection) 2849 cc 110 kW (150 hp) at 5750 rpm 177.211b/ft (24.5 mkg) at 2700 rpm.
In-line 4-cylinder turbocharged Diesel 2445cc 74 kW (100 hp) at 4100 rpm 159.85 Ib/ft (22.1 mkg) at 2300 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox (3-speed auto - 2000 lE & V6 - optional).
Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roll bar; rear: McPherson struts with double transverse bars and trailing arms. Tyre size: 185/70-195/60-2051 60.14.
Steering: rack and pinion with assistance on certain models. Turning circle: 11.1 m (36'4.9").
Brakes - front: ventilated disc; rear: disc.
Overall length: 4.59 m (15'0.7"); width: 1.76 m (5'9.3"). Max. unladen weight: 1250 kg (2750 Ibs).
Maximum speed: 195 km/h (121 mph); 2000 auto: 188 km/h (117 mph); 2000 lE Turbo: 218 km/h (135mph); V6: 203 km/h (126 mph); V6auto: 203 km/h (126 mph).
Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 7.2 s (2000 lE Turbo).
Average fuel consumption: 8.13 litres/100 km (34.75 mpg); 2000 auto: 8.33 litres/100 km (33.91 mpg); 2000 lE Turbo: 8.23 litres/100 km (34.33 mpg); V6: 10.5 litres/100 km (26.90 mpg); V6 auto: 10.77 litres/100 km (26.23 mpg); Turbo Diesel: 6.87 litres/100 km (41.12 mpg).
1984 Lancia Trevi
Italy

Lancia Trevi

  Also see: Lancia Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Lotus Excel
UK

Lotus Excel

  Also see: Lotus Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Lotus Excel
UK

Lotus Excel

  Also see: Lotus Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Maserati Biturbo
Italy

Maserati Biturbo

  Also see: Maserati Road Tests and Reviews
   
Maserati Biturbo 425
Italy

Maserati Biturbo 425

  Also see: Maserati Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: four-door saloon.
V6 (18 valves) turbocharged (carburetter) 2491 cc 147 kW (200 hp) at 5500 rpm 222.781b/ft (30.8 mkg) at 3000 rpm.
Rear-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox (threeespeed automatic optional).
Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roll bar; rear: independent wishbones with anti-roll bar. Tyre size: 205/60.14.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 11.9 m (39'0.5").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 4.4 m (14'5"); width: 1.73 m (5'8"); height: 1.36 m (4'5.5").
Boot capacity - max.: 550 litres (19.43 cu,ft); min.: 550 I (19.43 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1180 kg (2596Ibs). Maximum speed: 215 km/h (133 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 6.9 s.
1984 Maserati Biturbo ES
Italy

Maserati Biturbo ES

  Also see: Maserati Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Maserati Biturbo S
Italy

Maserati Biturbo S

  Also see: Maserati Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Maserati Biturbo Spyder
Italy

Maserati Biturbo Spyder

  Also see: Maserati Road Tests and Reviews
   
1984 Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2500
Italy

Maserati Biturbo Spyder 2500

  Also see: Maserati Road Tests and Reviews
   
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3 16
Italy

Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16

  Also see: Mercedes-Benz Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: four-door saloon.
In-line four-cylinder (16 valves) fuel-injection I 2299 cc 136 kW (185 hp) at 6200 rpm I 173.59 Ib/ft (24 mkg) at 4500 rpm.
Rear-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: coil spring/damper units with antiiroll bar; rear : independent located by multiple links; anti-roll bar. Tyre size: 205155.15.
Steering: recirculating ball with power assistance. Turning circle: 10.6 m (34'9").
Brakes - front: ventilated disc; rear: disc.
Overall length : 4.43 m (14'6.5"); width: 1.71 m (5'7.5"); height: 1.36 m (4'5.5").
Boot capacity - max.: 410 litres (14.49 cu. ft); min.: 410 I (14.49 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1220 kg (2684Ibs). Maximum speed: 230 km/h (143 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 7.5 s.
Average fuel consumption: 8.57 litres/100 km (32.96 mpg).
1984 Mercedes-Benz 380-Series 380SE
Germany

Mercedes-Benz 380-Series 380SE

  Also see: Mercedes-Benz Car Reviews | The History of Mercedes-Benz (USA Edition)
   
1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC
Germany

Mercedes-Benz 500SEC

  Also see: Mercedes-Benz Car Reviews | The History of Mercedes-Benz (USA Edition)
   
1984 Mercedes-Benz 500SEC
Germany

Mercedes-Benz 500-Series 500SEC

  Also see: Mercedes-Benz Car Reviews | The History of Mercedes-Benz (USA Edition)
   
1984 Opel Kadett E
UK

Opel Kadett E

  Also see: Opel Road Tests and Reviews
   
Opel Kadett
Italy

Opel Kadett and Vauxhall Astra II

  Also see: Mercedes-Benz Road Tests and Reviews
  Versions available: LS, GL, GLS, GT, GSi (GTE). Body types: three- and five-door saloon, five-door estate.
Engine: 1.28 litre In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 1196 cc 40 kW (55 hp) at 5600 rpm 62.20 Ib/ft (8.6 mkg) at 3600 rpm. 1.3L: In-line 4-cylinder (carburetterI 1297 cc 44 kW (60 hp) at 5800 rpm 69.44lb/ft (9.6 mkg) at 3800 rpm. 1.38L: In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 1297 cc 55 kW (75 hp) at 5800 rpm 74.50 Ib/ft (10.3 mkg) at 4200 rpm. 1.68L: In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) I1598 cc 66 kW (90 hp) at 5800 rpm 92.58Ib/ft (12.8 mkg) at 4200 rpm. 1.81: In-line 4-cylinder (fuel injection) 1796 cc 185 kW (115 hp) at 5800 rpm 111.39 lb/ft (15.4 mkg) at 4800 rpm.
In-line 4-cylinder Diesel I 1598 cc I 40 kW (55 hp) at 4600 rpm I 70.88 Ib/ft (9.8 mkg) at 2400 rpm. Front-wheel drive; 4-speed manual gearbox (3-speed automatic, 5-speed manual or 5-speed "sports" manual optional).
Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roll bar; rear: trailing arms with torsion beam, coil springs and telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar. Tyre size: 1455155-175/70.13,175/60-185/60.14.
Steering: rack and pinion; power assistance available on certain models. Turning circle: 10.5 m (34'5.3"). Brakes - front: discs (ventilated on GSi/GTE); rear: drum.
Overaillength: 4 m (13'1.4"); width: 1.66 m (5'5.3"); height: 1.4 m (4'7.1 ").
Boot capacity - max.: 1000 litres (35.34 cu. ft); min.: 390 I (13.78 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 830 kg (18261bs).
Maximum speed: 155 km/h (96 mph); 1.3N: 160 km/h (99 mph); 1.6S: 180 km/h (112 mph); GSi: 203 km/h (126 mph); Diesel: 152 km/h (94 mph).
Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): from 19 s (Diesel) to 9 s (GSi).
Average fuel consumption: 6.61 litres/100 km (42.80 mpg); 1.3N: 7.2 litres/100 km (39.24 mpg); 1.6S: 7.17 litres/100 km (39.40 mpg); GSi: 8.03 litres/100 km (35.18 mpg).
1984 Opel Manta GTE
UK

Opel Manta GTE

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1984 Opel Senator
UK

Opel Senator

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1984 Peugeot 505 GL wagon
France

Peugeot 505 GL wagon

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1984 Porsche 928 GTS
Germany

Porsche 928 GTS

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1984 Porsche 928S
Germany

Porsche 928S

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1984 Porsche 928S
Germany

Porsche 928S

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1984 Porsche 944
Germany

Porsche 944

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1984 Porsche 944
Germany

Porsche 944

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Peugeot 205 GTI
France

Peugeot 205 GTI

  Also see: Peugeot Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: three-door saloon.
In-line four-cylinder (fuel injection) 1580 cc 77 kW (105 hp) at 6250 rpm 99.09 Ib/ft (13.7 mkg) at 4000 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roll bars; rear: trailing arms with transverse torsion bars and anti-roll bar. Tyre size: 185/60.14.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 10.8 m (35'5").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 3.71 m (12'2"); width: 1.57 m (5'2"); height: 1.35 m (4'5").
Boot capacity - max.: 1200 litres (42.40 cu. ft); min.: 220 (7.77 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 850 kg (1870 Ibs). Maximum speed: 190 km/h (118 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 9.5 s.
Average fuel consumption: 7.21/100 km (39.24 mpg).
Peugeot 205
France

Peugeot 205 X

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  Versions available: XE, XL, XR, XT, XLD, XRD. Body type: three-door saloon.
XE: In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 954 cc 33 kW (45 hp) at 6000 rpm 50.63 Ib/ft (7 mkg) at 2750 rpm. XL /XR: In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 1124 cc 37 kW (50 hp) at 4800 rpm 62.93 Ib/ft (8.7 mkg) at 2800 rpm.
XR: In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 1360 cc 44 kW (60 hp) at 5000 rpm 78.841b/ft (10.9 mkg) at 2500 rpm. XT: In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 1360 cc 59 kW (80 hp) at 5800 rpm 81.01lb/ft (11.2 mkg) at 2800 rpm. In-line 4-cylinder Diesel 1768 cc 44 kW (60 hp) at 4600 rpm 79.56 Ib/ft (11 mkg) at 2000 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; 4-speed manual gearbox (5-speed manual optional).
Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roll bar; rear: trailing arms with torsion bars and anti-roll bar. Tyre size: 135-145-165/70.13.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 10.5 m (34'5.3").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 3.7 m (12'1.6"); width: 1.57 m (5'1.8"); height: 1.37 m (4'5.9").
Boot capacity - max.: 1200 litres (42.40 cu. ft); min.: 215 I (7.60 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 895 kg (1969Ibs).
Maximum speed: 134 km/h (83 mph); XL/XR: 142 km/h (88 mph); XR: 155 km/h (96 mph); XT: 170 km/h (105 mph); Diesel: 155 km/h (96 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): from 18.8 s (XE) to 11.6 s (XT).
Average fuel consumption: 6.41/100 km (44.14 mpg); XL/XR: 5.3 11/100 km (53.30 mpg); XR: 5.971/100 km (47.32 mpg); XT: 7.131/100 km (39.62 mpg); Diesel: 4.831/100 km (58.49 mpg).
Peugeot 305
France

Peugeot 305 GTX

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  Body type: four-door saloon and five-door estate. In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 1905cc 77 kW (105 hp) at 5600 rpm 119.34 Ib/ft (16.5 mkg) at 3000 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox.
Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roll bar; rear: independent trailing arms with anti-roll bar. Tyre size: 185/60.14.
Steering: power-assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle: 11 m (36'1.0").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 4.26 m (13'11.7"); width: 1.64 m (5'4.6"); height: 1.38 m (4'6.3").
Boot capacity: 340 litres (12.01 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 985 kg (2167 Ibs). Maximum speed: 182 km/h (113 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 10.8 s.
Average fuel consumption: 7.531/100 km (37.52 mpg).
Rayton-Fissore Magnum
UK

Rayton-Fissore Magnum

   
  Body type: five-door estate.
In-line 4-cylinder supercharged 1995cc 100 kW (138 hp) at 5500 rpm 151.891b/ft (21 mkg) at 3000 rpm.
In-line 4-cylinder turbocharged Diesel 2445cc 77 kW (105 hp) at 4100 rpm 153.34 Ib/ft (21.2 mkg) at 2400 rpm.
Four-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox with twinnrange transfer-box giving 2 or 4WD with high and low ranges. Front and rear limited-slip differentials. Suspension- front: torsion bars; rear: leaf-sprung rigid axle with Panhard rod.
Steering: power-assisted rack and pinion. Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 4.57 m (14'11.9"); width: 1.99 m (6'6.3"); height: 1.78 m (5'10.1").
Max. unladen weight: 1800 kg (3960 Ibs).
1984 Renault 5
France

Renault 5

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Renault 5
France

Renault 5

  Also see: Renault Road Tests and Reviews
  Versions available: C, TC, L, TL, GTL, Auto, TS, GTS, TSE.
Body type: three-door saloon.
Cl TC: In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 956 cc 130 kW (42 hp) at 5750 rpm 47.741b/ft (6.6 mkg) at 3000 rpm. L/TL /GTL: In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 1108 cc 34 kW (47 hp) at 5250 rpm 59.31 Ib/ft (8.2 mkg) at 2500 rpm.
GTL: In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 1397 cc 43 kW (60 hp) at 5250 rpm 75.221b/ft (10.4 mkg) at 2500 rpm. Auto: In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 1397 cc 149 kW (68 hp) at 5250 rpm 78.121b/ft (10.8 mkg) at 3080 rpm. T8 GT8 T8E: In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 1397 cc 52 kW (72 hp) at 5750 rpm 178.12 Ib/ft (10.8 mkg) at 3500 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; C/TC/L/TL: 4-speed manual gearbox; TC/TL/GTL/TS/GTS/TSE: 5-speed manual (3-speed automatic optional).
Suspension - front: McPherson struts and wishbones (anti-roll bar on some models); rear: independent by trailing arms and torsion bars. Tyre size: 145/70-1551 70 - 165/6.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 9.8 m (32'1.7").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length : 3.59 m (11 '9.3"); width: 1.58 m (5'2.2"); height: 1.4 m (4'7.1").
Boot capacity - max.: 620 litres (21.91 cu. ft); min.: 230 I (8.13 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 750 kg (1650 Ibs).
Maximum speed: 137 km/h (85 mph); TC: 140 km/h (87 mph); L/TL/GTL: 143 km/h (89 mph); GTL: 158 km/h (98 mph); Auto: 154 km/h (95 mph); TSI GTS/TSE: 167 km/h (103 mph).
Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): from 19.3 s (C; TC) to 11.5 s (TS/GTS/TSE).
Average fuel consumption: 6.031/100 km (46.85 mpg); TC 5-speed: 5.961/100 km (47.40 mpg); L/TL 4-speed: 5.461/100 km(51.74mpg);TS/GTS/TSE: 6.531/100km (43.26 mpg).
1984 Renault 11 Turbo
France

Renault 11 Turbo

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Renault 11 Turbo
France

Renault 11 Turbo

  Also see: Renault Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: three-door saloon.
In-line 4-cylinder turbocharged 1397cc 77 kW (105 hp) at 5500 rpm / 119.34 Ib/ft (16.5 mkg) at 2500 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: McPherson struts with wishbones, anti-roll bar; rear: independent with trailing arms and torsion bars, anti-roll bar. Tyre size: 175/65.14. Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 10.2 m (33'5.5").
Brakes - front: ventilated discs; rear: drum.
Overall length : 3.97 m (13'0.3"); width: 1.69 m (5'6.5"); height: 1.38 m (4'6.3").
Boot capacity - max.: 1200 litres (42.40 cu. ft); min.: 340 I (12.01 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 915 kg (2013 Ibs). Maximum speed: 186 km/h (115 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 9.0 s.
Average fuel consumption: 7.67 1/1 00 km (36.83 mpg).
Renault 25
France

Renault 25

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  Versions available: TS, GTS, GTX, V6, TO, GTD, Turbo 0, Turbo OX.
Body type: five-door saloon.
TS / GTS: In-line four (carburetter) / 1995cc / 74 kW (103 hp) at 5500 rpm / 119.34 Ib/ft (16.5 mkg) at 3000 rpm.
GTX: In-line four (injection) / 2165cc /89 kW (123 hp) at 5250 rpm / 133.81 Ib/ft (18.5 mkg) at 2750 rpm.
V6: fuel injection / 2664cc / 104 kW (144 hp) at 5500 rpm / 162.02 Ib/ft (22.4 mkg) at 3000 rpm.
TD / GTD: In-line four Diesel / 2068cc / 46 kW (64 hp) at 4500 rpm / 93.31Ib/ft (12.9 mkg) at 2250 rpm. Turbo D / Turbo DX: In-line four turbocharged Diesel 2068 cc /63 kW (85 hp) at 4250 rpm / 133.81 Ib/ft (18.5 mkg) at 3000 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox (threeespeed automatic optional).
Suspension - front: wishbones with coil springs and telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar; rear: struts with coil springs located by trailing and transverse arms. Tyre size: 165.14-185/70.14-195/60.15.
Steering: rack and pinion, assisted on all models but TS. Turning circle: 11.6 m (38'0.5").
Brakes- front: ventilated disc; rear: drum (disc on V6). Overall length: 4.65 m (15'3"); width: 1.77 m (5'9.5"); height: 1.4 m (4'7").
Boot capacity - max.: 1240 litres (43.82 cu. ft); min.: 440 I (15.55 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1280 kg (2816 Ibs).
Maximum speed: 182 km/h (113 mph); GTX: 195 km/h (121 mph); V6: 201 km/h (125 mph); TD/GTD: 155km/h(96mph); Turbo D/DX: 172 km/h (107 mph). Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (62 mph): from 18.3 s (TD/ GTD) to 10.0 s (V6).
Average fuel consumption: 7.3 1/100 km (38.70 mpg); GTS: 7.931/100 km (35.62 mpg); GTX 8.47 1/100 km (33.35 mpg); V6: 10A3 1/100 km (27.09 mpg); TD/ GTD: 7.03 1/100 km (40.18 mpg); Turbo D/DX: 6.871/100 km (41.12 mpg).
No Image
France

Renault 25 Turbo

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  Versions available: Turbo, Limousine Turbo. Body type: five-door saloon.
V6 turbocharged (fuel injection) / 2458cc / 133 kW (182 hp) at 5500 rpm / 206.86 Ib/ft (28.6 mkg) at 3000 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: wishbones with coil springs and telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar; rear: independent struts located by transverse links and trailing arms. Tyre size: 205/60.15.
Steering: power-assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle: 11.6 m (38'0.6").
Brakes - front: ventilated discs; rear: disc.
Overall length: 4.7 m (I 5'5.0") - Limousine: 4.92 m (16'1.6"); width: 1.77 m (5'9.7"); height: 1.38 m (4'6.3").
Boot capacity - max.: 1240 litres (43.82 cu. ft); min.: 440 (15.55 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1260 kg (2772lbs). Maximum speed: 225 km/h (140 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 7.7 s.
Renault Espace
France

Renault Espace

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  In the late 1970s Matra produced a monobox concept car with seven seats. Renault eventually cottoned on to the genius of the idea and went on to build the Espace. Soon every major manufacturer would be making a MPV.
Renault Espace
France

Renault Espace

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  Versions available: GTS, TSE, Turbo D, Turbo DX. Body type: five-door van.
GT8, T8E: In-line four-cylinder petrol I 1995 cc I 79.5 kW (110 hp) at 5500 rpm 1 120.071b/ft (16.6 mkg) at 3000 rpm
Turbo D, Turbo DX: In-line four-cylinder turbocharged Diesel 1 2068 cc 1 65 kW (88 hp) at 4250 rpm I 133.81 Ib/ft (18.5 mkg) at 2000 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: wishbones with coil springs and anti-roll bar; rear: semi-rigid axle with Panhard rod. Tyre size: 185/70.13 or 185/60.14.
Steering: power-assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle: 11.8 m (38'8.5").
Brakes - front: ventilated disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 4.3 m (14'1"); width: 1.78 m (5'10"); height: 1.66 m (5'5").
Bootcapacity-max.: 3000 litres (106.01 cu. ft); min.: 850 I (30.04 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1271 kg (2796.2Ibs). Maximum speed: 175 km/h (109 mph) Turbo D, Turbo DX: 160 km/h (99 mph).
Acceleration-0-100 km/h (62mph): 1.9 s(GTS, TSE). Average fuel consumption: 9.1/100 km (31.39 mpg); TSE: 8.71/100 km (32.47 mpg).
1984 Renault Fuego
France

Renault Fuego

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1984 Renault Fuego Turbo
France

Renault Fuego Turbo

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1984 Renault Sportwagon
France

Renault Sportwagon

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1984 Rolls Royce Camargue
UK

Rolls Royce Camargue

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Rover 213
UK

Rover 213

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  Versions available: 213, 213S, 231SE, Vanden Plas.
Body type: four-door saloon.
In-line four with three valves per cylinder (carburetter) 1342 cc / 52 kW (70 hp) at 6000 rpm / 77.39 Ib/ft (10.7 mkg) at 2000 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox.
Suspension - front: struts with co-axial torsion bar springs and telescopic dampers, anti-roil bar; rear: semi-independent trailing arms with coil spring/damper units. Panhard rod. Tyre size: 155.13 or 165.13.
Steering: power-assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle: 9.5 m (31 '2").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overaillength: 4.16 m (13'7.5"); width: 1.62 m (5'3.5"); height: 1.38 m (4'6.5").
Boot capacity - max.: 430 litres (15.19 cu. ft); min.: 430 I (15.19cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 885 kg (1947 Ibs). Maximum speed: 155 km/h (96 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 11.7 s.
Average fuel consumption: 6.73 1/100 km (41.98 mpg).
1984 Rover SD1 Vandan Plas
UK

Rover SD1 Vandan Plas

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1984 Rover SD1 Vitesse
UK

Rover SD1 Vitesse

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Saab 9000
Sweden

Saab 9000 Turbo 16

  Also see: Saab Road Tests and Reviews
  Body type: five-door saloon.
Turbocharged, fuel-injected in-line four-cylinder (16 valves) 1985 cc 129 kW (175 hp) at 5300 rpm 201.081201.08 blft (27.8 mkg) at 3000 rpm. Front-wheel drive; five-speed manual gearbox.
Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roil bar; rear: coil sprung rigid axle with twin leading and twin trailing arms, Panhard rod and anti-roil bar. Tyre size: 195/60.15.
Steering: power-assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle: 10.9 m (35'9").
Brakes - front: ventilated disc; rear: disc. Overaillength: 4.62 m (15'2"); width: 1.76 m (5'9"); height: 1.43 m (4'8").
Boot capacity - max.: 1500 litres (53.00 cu. ft); min.: 450 (15.90 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1315 kg (2893 Ibs). Maximum speed: 220 km/h (136 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 8.3 s.
Average fuel consumption: 8.631/100 km (32.73 mpg).
1984 Seat Fura
Spain

Seat Fura

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1984 Seat Ibiza
Spain

Seat Ibiza

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Seat Ibiza
Spain

Seat Ibiza

  Also see: Seat Road Tests and Reviews
  Versions available: L, GL, GLX. Body type: three-door saloon.
In-line four-cylinder (carburetter) 1193 cc 46 kW (63 hp) at 5800 rpm 163.65 Ib/ft (8.8 mkg) at 3500 rpm. In-line four-cylinder (carburetter) 1461 cc 63 kW (85 hp) at 5600 rpm 185.351b/ft (11.8 mkg) at 3500 rpm. In-line four-cylinder Diesel 1714 cc 141 kW (55 hp) at 4500 rpm 172.33 Ib/ft (10 mkg) at 3000 rpm. Front-wheel drive; four-speed manual gearbox (five-speed manual optional).
Suspension - front: wishbones with coil spring/damper units; rear: wishbones with transverse leaf spring. Tyre size: 155.13 or 165/65.14.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 9.8 m (32'1.5").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 3.64m (11'11"); width: 1.61 m (5'3.5"); height: 1.39 m (4'6.5").
Boot capacity - max.: 1200 litres (42.40 cu. ft); min.: 320 I (11.31 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 950 kg (2090 Ibs). Maximum speed: 155 km/h (96 mph); 1500: 175km/h (109 mph); Diesel: 150 km/h (93 mph).
Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 16 s (1200),12.2 s (1500), 20.2 s (Diesel). .
Average fuel consumption: 7.43 1/100 km (38.02 mpg); 1200 5-speed: 6.831/100 km (41.36 mpg); 1500 5-speed: 6.67 1(100 km (42.35 mpg); Diesel 5-speed: 6.77 I1 100 km (41.73 mpg).
Seat Ronda
Spain

Seat Ronda P

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  Versions available: L, GL, GLX, SX. Body type: five-door saloon.
In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 1193 cc 46 kW (63 hp) at 5800 rpm 63.65 Ib/ft (8.8 mkg) at 3500 rpm.
In-line 4-cylinder (carburetter) 1461 cc 63 kW (85 hp) at 5600 rpm 85.35 Ib/ft (11.8 mkg) at 3500 rpm. Front-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox. Suspension - front: McPherson strut; rear: wishbones and transverse leaf spring. Tyre size: 155.13 - 1651 65.14.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 10.3 m (33'9.4").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overaillength: 4.01 m (13'1.8"); width: 1.65 m (5'4.9"); height: l.4m (4'7.1").
Boot capacity - max.: 1250 litres (44.17 cu. ft); min.: 370 (13.07 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 930 kg (2046 Ibs).
Maximum speed: 148 km/h (92 mph); 1.5: 166 km/h (103 mph).
Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 16.3 s (1.2); 12.8 s (1.5).
Average fuel consumption: 7.071/100 km (39.96 mpg); 1.5: 6.771/100 km (41.73 mpg).
1984 Skoda 120 GLS
Checkoslovakia

Skoda 120 GLS

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1984 Skoda Rapid 130
Checkoslovakia

Skoda Rapid 130

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1984 Skoda Rapid Cabiro
Checkoslovakia

Skoda Rapid Cabiro

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1984 Talbot Samba
UK

Talbot Samba

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1984 TVR Tasmin
UK

TVR Tasmin

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1984 TVR Tasmin Series 2
UK

TVR Tasmin Series 2

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1984 Vauxhall Cavalier 1600L
UK

Vauxhall Cavalier 1600L

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1984 Volkswagen GTI
Germany

Volkswagen GTI

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VW Jetta
Italy

Volkswagen Jetta

  Also see: Volkswagen Road Tests and Reviews
  Versions available: Basic, C, CL, GL, Carat. Body type: two- or four-door saloon.
In-line four-cylinder (carburetter) 1272 cc 40.5 kW (55 hp) at 5400 rpm 70.88 Ib/ft (9.8 mkg) at 3300 rpm. In-line four-cylinder (carburetter) 1595 cc 55 kW (75 hp) at 5500 rpm 91.861b/ft (12.7 mkg) at 2500 rpm. In-line four-cylinder (carburetter) 1781 cc 66 kW (90 hp) at 5200 rpm 107.05 Ib/ft (14.8 mkg) at 3300 rpm.
In-line four-cylinder Diesel 1588 cc 39.5 kW (54 hp) at 4800 rpm 73.78 Ib/ft (10.2 mkg) at 2300 rpm. In-line four-cylinder turbocharged Diesel 1588 cc 51.5 kW (70 hp) at 4500 rpm 98.371b/ft (13.6 mkg) at 2600 rpm.
Front-wheel drive; four-speed manual gearbox (five-speed economy (4 + E) manual or three-speed automatic optional).
Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roll bar; rear: semi-rigid axle with torsion beam. Tyre size: 175/70.13.
Steering: rack and pinion - optional power assist. Turning circle: 10.5 m (34'5").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: 4.31 m (14'1.5"); width: 1.68 m (5'6"); height: 1.4 m (4'7.5").
Boot capacity - max.: 660 litres (23.32 cu. ft); min.: 660 (23.32 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 975 kg (2145 Ibs).
Maximum speed: 149 km/h (92 mph); 1600: 165 km/h (102 mph); 1600 Auto: 160 km/h (99 mph); 1800: 176 km/h (109 mph); Diesel: 146 km/h (91 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): from 19.3 s (Diesel) to Il.l s (1800).
Average fuel consumption: 6.7/100 km (42.16 mpg); 1600: 7.03/100 km (40.18 mpg); 1600 Auto: 8.2/l00 km (34.45 mpg); 1800: 7.61/100 km (37.17 mpg); Diesel: 5.67/100 km (49.82 mpg); Diesel Turbo: 5.41/100 km (52.31 mpg).
1984 Volkswagen Quantum
Germany

Volkswagen Quantum

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1984 Volkswagen Quantum Wolfsburg Edition
Germany

Volkswagen Quantum Wolfsburg Edition

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1984 Volkswagen Scirocco
Germany

Volkswagen Scirocco

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1984 Volkswagen Scirocco
Germany

Volkswagen Scirocco

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Sweden

Volvo 340 Diesel

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  Versions available: D, GLE-D.
Body type: four- or five-door saloon.
In-line 4-cylinder Diesel I 1587 cc 140 kW (54 hp) at 4800 rpm 173.781b/ft (10.2 mkg) at 2250 rpm. Rear-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox.
Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roll bar; rear: De Dion axle on leaf springs. Tyre size: 155.13-175/70.13.
Steering: rack and pinion unassisted. Turning circle: 9.35 m (30'8.0").
Brakes - front: disc; rear: drum.
Overall length: (four-door) 4.41 m (14'5.6"); (fiveedoor) 4.3 m (14'1.25"); width: 1.65 m (5'4.9"); height: 1.44 m (4'8.7").
Boot capacity - max.: 1200 litres (42.40 cu. ft); min.: 380 I (13.43 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1050 kg (2310 Ibs). Maximum speed: 141 km/h (87 mph). Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): 21.2 s.
Average fuel consumption: 6.371/100 km (44.35 mpg).
Volvo 360
Sweden

Volvo 360

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Volvo 740
Sweden

Volvo 740

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  Versions available: GL, GLE, Turbo, Diesel, TurbooDiesel.
Body type: four-door saloon.
GL: In-line 4-cylinder (fuel injection) 1986 cc 88 kW (120 hp) at 6000 rpm 15.73 Ib/ft(6 mkg) at 3000 rpm. GLE: In-line 4-cylinder (fuel injection) 2316cc 96 kW (131 hp) at 5400 rpm 140.32 Ib/ft (19.4 mkg) at 3800 rpm.
In-line 4-cylinder turbocharged (fuel injection) 1986cc 120 kW (163 hp) at 5500 rpm 177.21 Ib/ft (24.5 mkg) at 3500 rpm.
In-line 6-cylinder Diesel 2383cc 60 kW (82 hp) at 4800 rpm 103.431b/ft (14.3 mkg) at 2800 rpm. In-line 6-cylinder turbocharged Diesel 2383cc 180 kW (109 hp) at 4800 rpm 151.17 Ib/ft (20.9 mkg) at 2400 rpm.
Rear-wheel drive; 5-speed manual gearbox (4-speed manual with electrically engaged overdrive or 4-speed automatic optional).
Suspension - front: McPherson struts with anti-roll bar; rear: coil-sprung rigid axle located by trailing links and Panhard rod. Tyre size: 185/70.14 - 185/65.155195/60.15.
Steering: power-assisted rack and pinion. Turning circle: 9.9 m (32'5.7").
Brakes - front: disc (ventilated on Turbo); rear: disc. Overall length: 4.78 m (15'8.1"); width: 1.76 m (5'9.3"); height: 1.43 m (4'8.3").
Boot capacity: 485 litres (17.14 cu. ft).
Max. unladen weight: 1380 kg (3036Ibs).
Maximum speed: 178 km/h (110 mph); GL, Auto: 171 km/h (106 mph); GLE: 182 km/h (113 mph); Turbo: 198 km/h (123 mph); Diesel: 155 km/h (96 mph).
Acceleration - 0-100 km/h (62 mph): from 17.5 s (Diesel) to 9.3 s (Turbo).
Average fuel consumption: 9.41/100 km (30.05 mpg); GL, Auto: 9.97 1/100 km (28.34 mpg); GLE: 9.53 I1 100km (29.64mpg); Turbo: 9.971/100 km (28.34 mpg).
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