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Rover FBS Census specs

Car type Convertible
Curb weight 970 kg (2138 lbs)
Years built 2001 - 2003
Origin country United Kingdom
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Powertrain specs

Engine type Duratec 2.5L V6 DOHC 24 valve engine
Displacement 2.5 l (155 ci / 2544 cc)
Power 170 ps (168 bhp / 125 kw) @ 6250 rpm
Torque 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) @ 4250 rpm
Power / liter 67 ps (66 hp)
Power / weight 176 ps (173 bhp) / t
Torque / weight 227 Nm (167 lb-ft) / t
Transmission 5-speed Manual
Layout front engine, rear wheel drive
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Z31Turbo84  1w ago

"A track-day car with a difference, the Census could just be the one for you.” - Tiff Needell, BBC Top Gear.
Conceived and designed by ex-Rover engineers Robin Hall and Andrew Barber, the FBS Census was intended to take on the likes of the Lotus Elise and Mazda MX-5. Powered by a front-mounted, rear-drive Ford 2.5-litre V6 engine producing 168bhp, the Census enjoyed a power advantage over its two rivals while equalling them for ride quality and handling thanks to a stiff monocoque chassis and state-of-the-art suspension. Weight was low at 970kgs and balance neutral at almost 50/50. Top speed was 138mph with the ‘ton’ attainable in a little over 15 seconds. All mechanicals were sourced from volume manufacturers in the interests of easy, low-cost maintenance and servicing. Prices started at £26,635. Sadly, like so many low-volume manufacturers, FBS ran into financial difficulty and an Administrative Receiver was appointed in 2003."