What Are Some Features of the 1968 Austin Healey Sprite?


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The 1968 Sprite Mk IV is a two-door rear-wheel drive convertible roadster that was manufactured by the now-defunct British automaker Austin-Healey. The car has a top speed of 93 mph.

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A four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine powers the car and produces up to 62 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 72 pounds-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. At 2.78 inches in bore and 3.2 inches in stroke, the engine displaces 77.7 cubic inches of air at a compression ratio of 8.8 to 1. The car weighs 1,575 pounds, putting the weight to power ratio at 29.2 pounds per horsepower. The engine can hold up to 6.3 quarts of coolant and 3.6 quarts of lubricant oil.

With a fuel tank that holds up to 7.1 gallons of gasoline, the car can get up to 41.9 miles per gallon. This puts its maximum range at 297 miles. Accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 13 seconds, the Sprite Mk IV can cover 1/4 mile in 19.1 seconds at 70 mph. The car features a four-speed manual gearbox.

The Sprite Mk IV is 137 inches long, 54 inches wide and 47 inches tall. It has 80 inches of wheelbase, 5 inches of ground clearance and a turning circle of 33.1 inches. The trunk of the Sprite Mk IV can hold up to 11.3 cubic inches of cargo.

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