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Chevrolet Vega Cosworth specs

Car type Coupe
Curb weight 1125 kg (2480 lbs)
Dimensions 4.48 m (176 in) long, 1.66 m (65 in) wide, 1.27 m (50 in) high
Wheelbase 2.46 m (97 in)
Introduced 1975
Origin country United States
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0 - 100 kph10.9 s
0 - 60 mph10.3 s
Top speed194 kph (121 mph)

Powertrain specs

Engine type GM 122 Cu L-4 Modified by Cosworth
Displacement 2.0 l (122 ci / 1999 cc)
Power 112 ps (110 bhp / 82 kw) @ 5600 rpm
Torque 145 Nm (107 lb-ft) @ 4800 rpm
Power / liter 56 ps (55 hp)
Power / weight 99 ps (98 bhp) / t
Torque / weight 129 Nm (95 lb-ft) / t
Transmission 4 Speed Manual (3.73 ratio)
Layout front engine, rear wheel drive
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Mdr  5y ago

I bet if the emission equipment was removed and the engined tuned for stronger performance rather than the smog emissions of the day, I'm sure there would be a few horses to bet had.

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db  9y ago

Found this on

1975 Toyota Corolla E-5 0-60 mph 15.0 Quarter mile 20.8. 1976 Toyota Corolla SR-5 Liftback 0-60 mph 15.2 Quarter mile 19.2.

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Bijan  10y ago

@ Mental : agree with you , the Cosworth usually means Performance , but in this case , its some different .
The Cosworth-Vega came with cast aluminum wheels , Wider radial tires ,anti-roll bars front and rear, specific gear ratios for the four-speed, free-flow exhaust system, quick steering .Alas, The Cosworth engine didn't make the Vega into a BMW 2002 or Alfa Romeo GTV beater .

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Mental  10y ago

Holy imps, and that's modified by the Cosworth! Don't even want to imagine what it was basic! Though, yeah, I know, 110 hp was more than enough for a little sportscar, but for this car it looks so not enough, whether it's Cosworth. Didn't know Cosworth was cooperating with GM. But I see it's quite lightweight, so is it maybe a good handling?

From the side and back this car looks good enough, but the front... did it ram the guardrail?..


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T. Lightning  3y ago

Was originally meant to be ~180 hp but emissions regulations tightened eventually strangling it down to 110 hp. Not bad for the time out of a 4 cyl but not great either.

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FastestLaps  3y ago @T. Lightning

70s and 80s was when stricter emissions standards were introduced worldwide and engines were first equipped with things like catalytic converters. Naturally, the performance hit was initially very high.

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Super8  10y ago

Usually Cosworth always fast. But this one is very slow. 0-60 in 10.3 sec was slower than Toyota Corolla.